Over the past few weeks, military forces belonging to members of the South African Development Community have started to arrive in Mozambique as part of the mission to help combat the ongoing insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province.
The forces will form part of a regional standby force which will be assisting the local Mozambique forces in their mission. A large part of the mission will be conducting reconnaise & gathering intelligence in the region
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So far at the time of this article, the forces which have been visibly confirmed in Mozambique are South Africa, Rwanda & Botswana. With Zimbabwe due to deploy 300+ forces shortly &, Angola said to have sent 20 officers earlier this week onboard an transport aircraft. Although no photographs exist so far of Angolan forces in the country. Tanzania has also confirmed they will be deploying forces according to the Mozambique government.
Although we are yet to see any Tanzanian forces in the country.
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) July 25, 2021
Rwandan forces were the first to arrive in Mozambique earlier this month by sending 1,000 soldiers with RwandAir providing transport for the soldiers. Since their arrival, the Rwandan Ministry of Defence has confirmed their forces have been involved in engagements with the insurgents. The Rwandan forces are not part of the SADC but have entered an agreement with the government of Mozambique to conduct combat operations, they will still be working alongside both the SADC members & Mozambique.
South African special forces arrived in the country earlier this month with the South African Air Force flying special forces via a C-130 equipped with Hornet Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance vehicles.
On 01/08/2021 the South Africa National Defence force was also filmed entering Mozambique with their mechanized brigade featuring Casspir APCs.
A video of the SANDF entering Mozambique through the Ressano Garcia border crossing. The convoy is carrying a number of Casspir MRAPs
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) August 1, 2021
Currently the main objective of the South African forces & the wider SADC is not to engage the insurgents directly, they are to focus on the reconnaissance aspect of the deployment.
There exists the potential for a greater number of forces from the SADC members to be deployed but at the current time this seems unlikely. The total number of South African forces that can be committed to operations in Mozambique is 1,495 with the deployment lasting until 15th October.
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) July 31, 2021
The initial group of forces from Botswana arrived in Mozambique on 25/07/2021. They were photographed deploying with UK-manufactured Jankel Fox RRV’s. On 31/07/2021 Botswana had also been seen deploying forces via land entering Mozambique via Zimbabwe.
The convoy sent by Botswana included troop carriers, Piranha 8×8 APC, MAN TG Mil 4×4 satcom facility along other logistics.