Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs, Nigeria’s military officials have amassed one of Africa’s largest fleet of MRAPS (Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles to help protect Nigerian troops. MRAPS have saved countless lives and absorbed or deflected thousands of insurgent bomb blasts in the forests, desert flats and roadways.
The lumbering vehicles have proven to be such a life saver, the Nigerian government has spent millions of dollars purchasing hundreds of MRAPs to protect against IEDs. Just recently Nigeria the took delivery of 200 Spartan and Typhoon wheeled armoured vehicles from Streit, a Canadian company but built in the Ukraine, to replace vehicles list to attrition.
The 8.8 ton Spartan with a payload of 1.1 tons carries at least eight troops and can mount a Dushka machine gun (another favourite of the army). The Spartan has lots of bullet proof windows and firing ports for passenger.
The heavier (12.5 tons) Typhoon has a payload of 2.5 tons (or ten passengers).
In 2016 Nigeria received 32 MaxxPro and Caiman MRAPS from the United States. These vehicles were used in Iraq and were among the thousands declared surplus and donated to countries worldwide.
Nigeria acquired 20 Bigfoot MRAP from China in 2014. The Bigfoot has been used extensively by the army in the northeast .
BTR-4E Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
PROFORCE ARA MRAP
BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
MOWAG Fighting Vehicle
PANHARD M3 APC
ALVIS SPARTAN TRACT APC