Saturday, September 18, 2021

Cote d’Ivoire displays new Cayman armored vehicles during military parade

Cote d’Ivoire has displayed several recently acquired Belarus-made Cayman armored vehicles for its Gendarmerie and Armored Forces in a parade to mark the 58th anniversary of independence from France on August 7, in Abidjan.

Cote d’Ivoire’s unveiled it’s previously unseen Cayman armored vehicles during a military parade. Several armored vehicles were transferred to the Gendarmerie and the rest were delivered to the army of Cote d’Ivoire.

At the moment, Cote d’Ivoire just became the first known export user of Cayman armored vehicle that is designed by Belarus’ 140 Repair Plant Joint Stock Company.


The vehicle, which Belarus’ company describes as a mobile armoured transport vehicle (MATV), is intended for participating in reconnaissance, assault support, and escort missions, carrying out peacekeeping and police operations, conducting actions in emergency situations.

Dimensions of the Cayman is 6m x 2.82m x 2.07m and it has a gross weight of 7,000 kg. The wheel track is 2,400 mm and wheelbase is 3,100 mm.

The forward hull of the vehicle offers STANAG 4569 Level 2 protection. It protects the crew from 7.62mm rounds fired from a sniper rifle, while the sides offer protection against 5.45mm and 7.62mm rounds. The armour is further reinforced with removable spall liner for providing improved protection against ballistic threats.

Cayman can accommodate a crew of six, who can enter and exit through either the side door or two roof hatches above the driver and passenger seats.


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