The Nigerian army now has one of Africa’s largest and most potent fleet of armoured combat vehicles. Different armoured combat vehicle configurations have currently been deployed to the frontlines, What makes this significant is that the vast majority of these vehicles are made in Nigeria.
These vehicles are the result of a five year initiative that aims to give the Nigerian army self sufficiency in producing armoured vehicles with good firepower and engagement range. These requirements are based around the Nigerian army’s need to confront Boko Harams large fleet of fighting vehicle that are equipped with heavy calibre machine guns found on these vehicles.
It is also in response to the proliferation of crudely modified civilian trucks that are made to carry powerful weapons such as anti-aircraft guns. Commonly known as technicals. These improvised combat vehicles are all too common in the battlefield of northeastern Nigeria.
Here are some of the MRAPS of Nigerian used by the Nigerian army.
PROFOCE ARA I MRAP
PROFOCE ARA II MRAP
PARAMOUNT GROUP MARAUDER
In March 2019 Paramount Group, the South African-based global defence and aerospace company launched its Marauder armoured vehicle and personnel carrier within the Nigerian Air Force Special Forces Regiment.
The vehicle weighs 15-tonne and has a unique modula design. It can be reconfigured as either a troop carrier or combat vehicle, maintaining excellent cross-country agility while reaching a top speed of 120 km/hr over challenging terrains.
Its the worlds most advanced MRAP (at least according to the BBC which described as “The World’s Most Unstoppable Vehicle”.
It features a double-skinned hull throughout its cabin and crew compartment to protect it against a wide range of kinetic attacks e.g. protecting the crew against AK-47 attacks.
The vehicle can also withstand a side blast (IED or roadside bomb) equivalent to 50kg of explosives, which is just perfect IMO for the asymmetrical warfare experienced in Nigeria’s nirtheast.
The Marauder is further equipped with specially designed anti-blast seats, which prevent injury from the extreme acceleration of a side blast or mine blast under the hull.
The Marauder is equipped with a Jordanian-made King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) snake head turret fitted with a 7.62mm machine gun.
LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES