East African nation of Uganda commissions new infantry fighting vehicle
The East African nation of Uganda has commissioned the domestically manufactured Chui (Leopard) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
The fighting vehicle is based on Twiga’s recently launched Nyati but incorporating elements required by the Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), according to Defenceweb.
The Chui was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni, Commander-in-Chief of UPDF, during a function at State House in Entebbe on October 18.
According to Land Forces commander, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the new vehicle is manufactured in Uganda by the Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Maga Maga, near Jinja, which has also manufactured the Nyoka armoured personnel carrier and Nyoka weapons platform.
The Chui IFV requirement came from Impala Services and Logistics Limited, a Uganda defence company, to which Twiga Services and Logistics proposed a variant of the Nyati armoured personnel carrier (APC), which was unveiled by Twiga in August this year.
Uganda’s variant of the Nyati is designed to meet the harsh conditions of Eastern and Central Africa. The Chui variant is being built in Uganda under a technology transfer agreement to further contribute to the growth of the country’s defence industry. Variants of the Chui include a mortar platform, recoilless gun platform and battle field ambulance.
Twiga began development of the Nyati at the end of 2018, partly as an in-house project to meet the requirements of a modern 4×4 infantry fighting vehicle using South African battle experience, and partly for a potential export customer.
Vehicle trials began in early 2019 and testing and evaluation was completed in early 2021, with production from mid-year.
Damian de Lange, CEO of Twiga, said the Nyati stands out as a modern, powerful 4×4 infantry fighting vehicle. The main components provide reliability, maintainability and support into the future which is key and the pricing of the Nyati is very competitive.
An added advantage is that the Nyati has been designed and developed to enable the transfer of technology.
“The fact that a tried and tested African fighting force has carefully selected our latest armoured vehicle for their local manufacture and battlefield use is an indication of the value that is placed on South African defence industry capabilities. It is these small contributions that we wish would be supported by our government,” said de Lange.