The French coalition is leading the way in the Sahel in combatting Islamic terrorist organizations. The United States hasn’t been directly involved in either the French Operation Barkhane or the Takuba Special Operations Task Force. Yet, it has supported the French missions with intelligence, drones, and air refueling. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SEATF-AF) recently coordinated for the delivery of 16 Mamba Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the Niger military. 

The APCs will support the G-5 Joint Force Sahel’s efforts in Niger. The force’s mission includes combating counterterrorism, transnational organized crime, and trafficking.

Furthermore, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has deployed SOF troops in the region. Additionally, Washington has pledged $60 million in direct aid to the G-5 Sahel and individual support to the five countries.

The South African Mamba

The Mamba is a South African armored personnel carrier designed for internal security purposes. It was developed during the late 1980s to replace the Buffel used by the South African military and security forces.

The first models were built on a 4X2 Toyota Dyna chassis that was afterward replaced by a more reliable Unimog chassis. All variants of the Mamba are mine-resistant and blastproof.