General News of Sunday, 18 October 2020
Source: Daily Mail
Ghana is purchasing at least 19 armored vehicles from Israel at a cost of US$86 million to fight terrorism, according to parliamentary documents.
Israel’s Elbit Land Systems is providing the fortified vehicles following an agreement between the Israeli Discount Bank and the Government of Ghana and insured by the Israeli Foreign Trade Risks Insurance Corporation.
A $74 million credit facility will be combined with a $12 million commercial loan, per an August 3 document of Parliament, cited by Defence Web.
In terms of the agreement, Elbit Land Systems will supply nine 8×8 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) equipped with Elbit Systems UT30 30 mm remotely operated turrets. The order includes ten 6×6 IFVs fitted for reconnaissance operations.
It is not specified what vehicles will be acquired, but Elbit Systems offers various models sourced from original equipment manufacturers, such as the Sentinel 8×8, based on the STK Terrex 2.
Currently, Ghana armed forces are equipped with 3 EE-9 Cascavel, 24 Ratel-90 with 90mm cannon, 15 Ratel-20 with 20mm cannon, 4 Piranha with 25mm cannon, 5 Type-05P 25mm, 46 first version of Piranha 8×8 armored vehicles.