Made in Nigeria: Say Hello to Proforce’s ARA MRAP

As a way of reinforcing a culture of self-reliance, the Nigerian army have in recent years intensified efforts in the area of Research and Development via strategic partnering with local companies in the process. One of the fruits of this endeavour is the recent induction into service of the first indigenous MRAP into service, ARA MRAP built by PROFORCE.

Proforce was established in 2008 and describes itself as the only private armoured vehicle manufacture in Nigeria specialising in armoured vehicles and personal protection. The company makes armoured tactical vehicles, armoured personnel carriers for military and police, ballistic helmets and vests, armoured cash-in-transit, armoured private and commercial passenger vehicles.

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When Proforce was established in 2008 it was (and still is) the only private armoured vehicle manufacture in Nigeria specialising in armoured vehicles and personal protection. The company makes armoured tactical vehicles, armoured personnel carriers for military and police, ballistic helmets and vests, armoured cash-in-transit, armoured private and commercial passenger vehicles.

In 2016 PROFOCE became the first private Nigerian company to exhibits for the first time at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016.

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In 2016 PROFOCE became the first private Nigerian company to exhibits for the first time at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016.
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Proforce Exhibiting at Land Forced West Africa.
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Proforce Exhibiting at Land Forced West Africa.
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South africa’s Chief of Defence Staff st Proforce stand.

Key features of the ARA MRAP

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A Nigerian army delegation led by Army Chief Tukur Buratai visits a Proforce Amoury Facility.
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A Nigerian army delegation led by Army Chief Tukur Buratai visits a Proforce Amoury Facility.
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A Nigerian army delegation led by Army Chief Tukur Buratai visits a Proforce Amoury Facility.
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Of course, the Air Force never lets the army out of its sight.
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In 2016 the Nigerian Army took delivery of nine ARA MRAPS for evaluation and testing.
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In 2016 the Nigerian Army took delivery of nine ARA MRAPS for evaluation and testing.

The ARA is integrated with a fully independent suspension system. The ARA’s traction and small turning circle gives it superior manoeuvrability through tight areas. This capability combined with a powerful engine in four-wheel drive train provides the ARA MRAP to deal with extremely rough terrain effortlessly.

Armament

A variety of weapons including a 50 caliber machine gun can be mounted on the 360 roof turret. A wide range of optional extras available including electronic countermeasures, grenade launchers, C4IS systems, NBC protection systems.

In 2016 the Nigerian Army acquire nine Ara MRAPS for field testing evaluation. It would appear the vehicles have proven themselves in battle, as the army’s capital acquisition budget provides $10 million for the procurement of at least 100 Proforce ARA MRAPS.

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The company is gradually positioning itself to be the Lockheed Martin of West Africa by diversifying into military drones and naval boats.

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9 Replies to “Made in Nigeria: Say Hello to Proforce’s ARA MRAP”

  1. are we really purchasing all this military hardware if yes has any procurement being inducted in any of this forces aside from the frigate from china

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    1. The last military hardware purchased that is worth mentioning are a couple Bell utility helicopters, Super Mushank trainers and of course four Mi-35 helicopter gunships delivered in batches of two.

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  2. Yes, Proforce products has been inducted in all arm of the forces… As far as I can remember, purchases include
    ARMY= up-armoured hilux pickups, ARA MRAPS, Proforce Leopard & PF2.
    NAVY= speedboats for coastal patrol.
    AIR FORCE = Leopard & PF2….

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  3. You are correct Prime, but for a nation that has spent $25 billion on its Security services since 2014, pickup trucks and speedboats should not be counted as capital procurement.. Nigeria is a continental power in the league of Egypt and South Africa, but constantly punches below her waist with a 3rd rate Air Force and Navy.

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  4. you are indeed right at perestroika i think the usage of this truck shouldn’t go along with our military we need MRAPc and APC in large quantity to protect our troops from landmines and other dangerous weapon that causes major casualty

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  5. i will like to know where did you get ur fact from in regards to the military budget from 2019–2020 and all this massive procurement

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