Friday, 22 October 2021

Sons of Bamako - Malian Armed Forces Fighting Vehicles

 
By Thomas Nachtrab in collaboration with Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
 
The goal of this list is to comprehensively catalogue Mali's current and past inventory of (armoured fighting) vehicles and heavy weaponry. Historically a major recipient of Soviet military aid, frequent arms deliveries in the 1970s and 1980s turned Mali into one of the strongest militaries in western Africa, operating advanced equipment such as dedicated tank destroyers, S-125 SAM systems and MiG-21bis jet fighters. The 1990s and 2000s saw the Malian Army retiring much of this equipment amid a changed security situation and resulting decrease in its defence expenditure.
 
Like most other African militaries, the Malian Army's combat effectiveness in the late 2000s and early 2010s was extremely low, a fact that prevented it from dealing with the 2012 Tuareg insurgency and the subsequent rise of Al-Qaeda, ultimately forcing France to intervene to prevent a hostile takeover of Mali and throwing the rest of the region into turmoil. In the years since, the Malian military has been rebuild with the help of the European Union (EU), with Soviet heavy weaponry making place for modern MRAPs and infantry mobility vehicles. 

Nonetheless, Mali continues to operate equipment like the T-54 and PT-76, albeit in much small numbers than before. Interestingly, the Malian Army appears to have returned several other Soviet-era AFVs back to operational condition in recent years, although these appear to spend most of their time collecting dust in barracks with little training being undertaken as they are of little use in fighting the ongoing insurgency. Nonetheless, the ultimate result is an exotic inventory of equipment that could surprise many seasoned analyst for its sheer diversity.
 
(Click on the equipment to get a picture of them in Malian service)
 

Equipment currently in service with the Malian Army


Tanks


Armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs)

 

Mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles

 

Infantry mobility vehicles (IMVs)

 

Utility vehicles


Towed artillery


Multiple rocket launchers (MRLs)


Mortars

 

(Self-propelled) anti-aircraft guns

 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

 

Trucks

 

Engineering vehicles


Equipment formerly in service with the Malian Army


Tanks


Armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs)

 

Towed artillery

 

Multiple rocket launchers (MRLs)

 

Anti-aircraft guns

 

Surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs)

 

Radars

 

Utility vehicles

 

Trucks

 

Engineering vehicles

 


Special thanks to Farooq Bhai.
 
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2 comments:

  1. sir make a article on myanmar army equipment too .if they have t-90s in it's iventory plz

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  2. Scrolling up from the bottom had me think for a split second that the army still had FT-17s in their inventory...

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