Battle Groups : Core of the Nigerian Army Fighting Force

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.

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Men if the 195 Task Force Battalion in Borno State.

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.

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A Nigerian army radio operator.
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A soldier assigned to the 195 Task Force Battalion

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.

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Soldiers from the Nigerian army 155 Task Force Battalion storm the Sambisa forest.
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Army surveillance equipment.
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Nigerian troops during a desert warfare training exercise.
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An RPG wielding soldier during combat operations in the Sambisa.

 

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.

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Two RM-70 rocket artillery systems in firing position.
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Men of the 155 Task Force Battalion enter Camp Zero, heartland of Boko Haram. 
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Nigerian Amoured infantry vehicles.
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Soldiers attached to the 195 Task Force Battalion sit atop an FV191 Scorpion light tank.
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Soldiers attached to the 195 Task Force Battalion sit atop an FV191 Scorpion light tank.

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.

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A sentry gunner attached to the 195 Task Force Battalion mans a GPMG.
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N.A. T-72M1 Main Battle Tank.
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Airborne troopers attached to the 155 Task Force Battalion leaping off a G222 plane.
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Airborne troopers attached to the 155 Task Force Battalion leaping off a G222 plane.

 

 

 

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3 Replies to “Battle Groups : Core of the Nigerian Army Fighting Force”

  1. Yes we have all these, but how adept are we at fighting close combat battles? I believe the Chadian Army is still a better fighting force quite effective fighting an insurgency than Nigerian Army is. To think we are better equipped.

    You should look into Algeria and Egypt’s infantry fighting force and the types of modernized equipments they use. Ours are not capable of night battle

    We need more training and equipments upgrade, fighting Boko Haram/ISWAP is an opportunity to build an experienced and respected fighting force that can be deployed in few years into other hot zones all over Africa. So it’s not just about what we have, but also how we use them effectively and efficiently.

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    1. You my friend are one treasured contributor. You need to see the number of comments I am forced to delete on a daily basis to understand why I say this.

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      1. lol I can imagine. Defense & National security is a very serious topic. It takes one with deep interest, passion and understanding to make meaningful contributions. Unfortunately, a larger number of Nigerians can only contribute with biased statements infused with bigotry and tribalism. Dimwits! One simple thing they fail to realize is our enemies whether terrorists or external forces won’t attack us by tribe, rather as Nigerians collectively.

        Sometimes I fear our internal squabbles and strife will tear this nation apart faster than any terrorist group can.

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