Donated under the excess defence articles programme, the vehicles have been used for US military missions in Afghanistan and extensively refurbished by ManTech field service representatives (FSRs) under a contract with the US Marine Corps Systems Command International Programs Office.
CJTF-HOA commander major general Wayne Grigsby said: "These vehicles will provide better security and movement to the troop's contributing countries to complete their mission more effectively."
CJTF-HOA J4 Somalia Planner US Army major Myesha DuBose said: "The MRAPS will provide enhanced capabilities to our partnerships, with increased security."
The MRAPs will eventually replace the 20 Casspir landmine-protected infantry mobility vehicles currently used by Uganda and Burundi.
DuBose added that the MRAP refurbishment was a complex process, with several repairs through a controlled substitution plan.
ManTech will continue to maintain the vehicles for a year, which will ensure necessary repairs are completed and extend the service life of the vehicles.
AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission focused on supporting transitional governmental structures and a national security plan.
In addition, it includes training for Somali security forces and assistance in creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian aid in the country.
The mission also supports Somali forces in their fight against Al-Shabaab militants.
Source : Army Technology