US Africa Command completed movement of 16 Mamba APCs to support joint-force G5 Sahel efforts in northern Niger


U.S. Africa Command tweeted on March 31 that it completed the movement of 16 Mamba APCs to support joint-force G5 Sahel efforts in northern Niger. The Joint Force’s missions include combating counterterrorism, transnational organized crime and trafficking in the Sahel.
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Mamba APC transported to northern Niger. The use of local transporters provides a welcome income to the local population (Picture source: Twitter account of U.S. Africom)


The Mamba is a South African armored personnel carrier designed for internal security purposes. It was developed during the late 1980s to replace the Buffel in service with the South African military and security forces. The first models were built on a 4X2 Toyota Dyna chassis, which was subsequently replaced in production around 1994 by a more reliable Unimog chassis. All variants of the Mamba were designed to be mine-resistant and blastproof.

Mambas have been deployed primarily with peacekeeping missions mounted by the United Nations and the African Union. The Mamba has seen active service with the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA), the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), and the British contingent of the Kosovo Force. During the Iraq War, it was widely deployed by private security contractors in Iraq. It is now deployed in the Sahel region. 


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Mamba APCs delivered to northern Niger (Picture source: Twitter account of U.S. Africom)


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Mamba APC transported to northern Niger (Picture source: Twitter account of U.S. Africom)


 

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