Senegal has received new WMA301 Assaulter Armoured Vehicles along with Ram Mk III armoured vehicles, TRF1 towed howitzers and other hardware from China.
The armoured were paraded during the country’s Independence Day as the country boosts its military manpower and equipment to combat Islamist militants.
At least 5,000 people including 3,000 military and paramilitary personnel took part in Senegal’s Independence Day parade on April 4, 2016 to mark 56 years of Independence from France.
At least 24 RAM Mk III light armoured vehicles, recovery vehicles, tankers, bulldozers and 155 mm TRF1 towed howitzers were paraded during the accasion.
Senegal military operates several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) among them;
- 50 AML-60/90s,
- 10 M-8s,
- Several M-20s,
- Dozen M-3 Panhards,
- 10 M-3 half-tracks, eight Casspirs
- 25 Ratel-20s
- 12 Gila armoured vehicles were acquired for the police for use by peacekeepers in Darfur
- 39 Puma M26 vehicles were delivered in 2014 from South Africa.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall during the Independence Day (April 4) celebrations said that his administration would boost military hardware and manpower in response to increasingly Islamist militant threats such as Boko Haram and attacks by al Qaeda linked groups in places like Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast (AQIM).