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Djibouti displays new acquisitions

10th July 2014 - 15:36 GMT | by Helmoed Römer Heitman in South Africa

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The Djibouti Army used the occasion of the country’s independence day celebration on 27 June to show off several new armoured vehicle types that have been taken into service.

These included BTR-80 APCs; 12 Force Protection Cougar mine-protected APCs; and six Puma 4x4 light APCs acquired from Italy and re-armed with a Chinese 12.7 mm W85 heavy machinegun, part of a batch transferred in 2013.

The vehicles were paraded together with the M109 artillery guns suggesting that they are being used as command or scout vehicles for the artillery. Eight M109L self-propelled guns were reportedly acquired as part of a

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