Russia to deliver BRDM-2 4x4 armored vehicles to Central African Republic


According to information published on the Twitter account Fridolin Ngoulou on October 15, 2020, Russia has delivered ten BRDM-2 wheeled armored vehicles to the Central African Republic (CAR) on October 15, 2020. They were delivered by an An-124-100 Russian transport aircraft to the airport in the capital of the country, Bangui.
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Russia has delivered 10 BRDM-2 armored vehicles to the Central African Republic. (Picture source Twitter account Fridolin Ngoulou)


The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) welcomed the arrival of Russian military equipment. It said in a statement that the supply of military vehicles would help enhance security ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections due on December 27.

Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the Central African Republic and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized on 10 April 2014 deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation – MINUSCA – with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.

Between 26 January and 7 February 2018, nine aircraft arrived at M’Poko International Airport in Bangui to deliver weapons and ammunition as part of the military cooperation between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Central African Republic, and as allowed under an exemption by the Committee on 15 December 2017. The second batch of weapons was delivered to the Central African Republic in 2019.

The Russian weapons and ammunition were distributed to the trained national defense and security forces deployed in Bangui and beyond. Weapons and ammunition have been assigned to elements from the Presidential Guard, FACA, the police, the gendarmerie, and the Ministry of Justice.

The BRDM-2 entered in service with the Soviet Army in 1962 with the first production in 1963 and was showed for the first time to the public in 1966. The BRDM-2 is fitted with a single-man turret mounted in the center of the vehicle. The turret is armed with 14.5mm KPVT heavy machine gun and a coaxial 7.62 PKT machine gun on the right side.

The BRDM-2 has a crew of four including a driver, a co-driver, a commander, and a gunner. The all-welded steel armor hull of the BRDM-2 provides the crew with protection from the firing of small arms 7.62mm caliber and artillery shell splinters.


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