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Cameroon police receives MSPV Panthera T6 APCs from UAE.

| 2020

Cameroon’s police have taken delivery of at least six new armored personnel carriers (APCs), which appear to be Panthera T6s from the United Arab Emirates company MSPV, DefenceWeb reports. A video recently emerged on social media showing six of the vehicles on Cameroon’s streets, and photos posted on Twitter show a similar number of vehicles in police markings.
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MSPV Panthera T6 (Picture source: Twitter)

The vehicles appear to be Panthera T6s, although they are very similar to the Mezcal Tygra armored personnel carrier also manufactured in the United Arab Emirates by Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV). Cameroon received at least two Panthera T6s in 2018, with Cameroonian military sources at the time telling Jane’s Defence Weekly that the new vehicles were for the Rapid Intervention Battalions (BIR) for use in urban environments (the battalion-size appearing an oversized designation, though).

The 4x4 Panthera T6 is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine (or a 4.2-liter diesel in option) coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. It seats two plus six, although other seating arrangements are available. The Panthera T6 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79-series chassis. An optional mount on the roof can accommodate a machinegun. Protection is to CEN1063 and 1522 BR6/FB6 (7.62×51 mm bullet protection) or STANAG 4569-1 (7.62×51 mm, hand grenade, artillery fragments) levels.

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