According to the magazine "Jane's Defense Weekly" in an article by Erwan de Cherisey "Angolan military exercise reveals new Chinese armored vehicles", during the demonstration exercises of the 50th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 5th Angolan Army Division in Sobia Matias in the South Angolan province, held on January 29, 2017 Kwando-Kubango were first demonstrated Chinese wheeled armored vehicles WMA301 with 105-mm cannons and Chinese command-staff cars based on the WZ551 wheeled armored personnel carrier. The purchase of this technology by Angola in the PRC was not previously known.
One of the Angolan officers who participated in the exercises in Sobya Mathias told reporters that Chinese armored vehicles WMA301 were received by the Angolan army in 2016, but refused to name the number of units supplied. Four WMA301s and one or two WZ551-based winches were demonstrated at the exercises.
In total, more than 3,500 Angolan servicemen took part in the exercises at Soba Matias, followed by the Defense Minister of Angola, João Laurens. In addition to the new Chinese armored vehicles, 20 T-55 and T-72 tanks, 32 BMP-2 and MT-LBs, 24 artillery pieces and BMZ BM-21 combat vehicles, several ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" . With the helicopters Mi-171Sh recently received from Russia, the landing of fighters of the Angolan special forces was demonstrated.