Burundi’s AMISOM contingent receives Springbuck, Fahd vehicles

The new Springbuck HD MRAPS and Fahd wheeled APCs (background) for AMISOM’s Burundian contingent are seen lined up. (AMISOM)

The Burundian contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has taken delivery of 10 Springbuck Heavy Duty (HD) mine-resistance ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), the South African manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility confirmed to Jane’s .

AMISOM announced on 6 November that the Burundians had received “at least 20 combat vehicles”. It did not identify the vehicles but released photographs of 10 Springbuck HDs and at least 10 Egyptian-made Fahd wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) at its base around Mogadishu airport.

Martie Bezuidenhout, DCD international business development manager, told Jane’s that Burundian operators have just completed on-site training on the Springbucks that were delivered in August.

Source: IHS Jane’s