Task Force Battalions are basically now the fundamental core of the Nigerian army’s fighting force against Boko Haram in the northeast. They are formed around armoured regiment.
Due to the expeditionary nature of the fight against Boko Haram, which can see forces go from an attacking to a defensive mode in minutes, the regiment also provides command and staff element of a Task Force, which is augmented by a mix of armour, airborne infantry, weaponry and support personnel, relevant to its mission configuration.
Again due to the unconventional, and hence unpredictable nature of Boko Haram insurgents, these Task Forces are organised with lots of flexibility in mind, and can be restructured quickly to cope with any changes in the situation.
A Typical NA Task Force Battalion us structured around an armoured regiment, with two squadrons of light tanks like the British built Scorpion tank supported by an infantry company. The Scorpion tank, despite its smaller kinetic punch is much favoured because of its speed, sacrificing fire power for mobility.
When on the defensive, the Task Force is structured around an infantry battalion and an armoured squadron of the heavier but slower T-72M1 and Vickers Mk.3 Eagle tank. Supporting this Task Force would be a reconnaissance platoons, engineering detachment and field artillery units.