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Afghan Army's rapid motorisation

7th February 2013 - 15:23 GMT | by Tim Fish in Farnborough


The Afghan National Army (ANA) is going through a massive programme of motorisation as they begin to field thousands of up-armoured HMMWVs and Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs).

Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles conference, Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi, chief of general staff of the ANA, told delegates that the ANA was ‘largely a light infantry force’ and that more armoured vehicles were required to maintain security.

‘In the future we will need high-end armoured capabilities,’ he said, because they are ‘critical to the survival of the state to develop capabilities to fight insurgents’.

He said 600 MSFVs, based on

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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