To better combat extremism and terrorist movement such as Nigerian-based terrorist group, Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa the government of Cameroon has publicly announced its interest in purchasing Russian-made armored personnel carriers, as well as military transport helicopters and attack helicopters.
Top on the list of military artillery the government of President Paul Biya is hopping to acquire and take home after negotiations at the ongoing Russia-Africa summit is the Russian Panstir-S1 anti-aircraft system.
The Pantsir is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems capable to combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery and represents the latest air defense technology which uses phased array radars for both target acquisition and tracking.
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The Pantsir-S1 provides point air defence of military, industrial and/or administrative installations against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and additional protection to air defense.
Cameroon’s ambassador to Russia, Mahamat Paba Sale, revealed his country’s intension in an interview this week.
“I have attended many arms fairs here, and you know, the chief of staff of the Cameroonian Army attended a fair as well and he said: ‘This is the equipment that we need.’
“He was pointing at armoured personnel carriers,” Mr Paba Sale said.
These vehicles could help prevent fatalities from roadside mines installed by the Boko Haram militant group.
“We need this, as we in Cameroon are dealing with militants from the Boko Haram group.
“Sometimes they insert mines on the routes of our servicemen, and if the vehicle is not armoured, our people die due to hitting mines.“It is very, very much important for us to have this equipment,” the ambassador said adding that Cameroon could also purchase Russian helicopters.