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AAD 2016: Cameroon big guns brought to bear

13th September 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Erwan de Cherisey in Paris

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The Cameroon Defence Force (CDF) has been employing innovative methods to bring superior artillery firepower to bear in their fight against terror group Boko Haram.

This is largely to mitigate against the lack of air power available, but it has helped provide much needed heavy fire support to units in combat operations.

Most recently in June during a cross-border operation with the Nigerian military, the specialist Cameroon Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) employed CARDOM 120T self-propelled 120mm mortar to suppress enemy defences.

This requires good training and also cooperation with the Cameroon Army’s Surface-to-Surface Artillery Regiment (RASS). 

Based at Nkongsamba, the

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Erwan de Cherisey

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Erwan de Cherisey is a writer on international affairs and defence.

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