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Insurgency: Nigerian Army inducts four new locally made MRAPs into inventory

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Godsgift Onyedinefu 

The Nigerian Army on Thursday commissioned four new Mine-resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) Vehicles into its inventory. 

The vehicles which are designed to provide ultimate protection for high degree threats and superior offensive ability will be deployed to the Northeast to boost the fight against insurgency.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Abayomi Olonisakin while commissioning the vehicles at the Army Resource Centre in Abuja noted that the MRAPs are manufactured in Nigeria. He said the it’s features are designed to protect the soldiers against any form of attack or blast.

Also speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said the newly inducted MRAPs  are the third set the Nigeria army has procured and produced in partnership with Proforce limited. He recalled that the first was we procured in 2017.

Buratai hinted that the army still has five Proforce ARA, a 17ton MRAP working and is expecting another five more as the programmes continues as part of the 2019 procurement.

According to the Army Chief, the local production of the vehicles is a step in the right direction. He said, “our ability to produce such vehicles locally will not only help us save money, but will enable us get them quickly and deploy them, the maintainance capacity and capability of electrical and engineers engineers  makes it much easier to maintain in the field.”

Buratai further hinted that the the defence industry corporation is collaborating with the Nigerian army through the command engineering depot to produce more vehicles which will be procured before the end if the month.

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He said, “we have about 20 of these type of vehivles although  not of the standards of the MRAPs, but it has a very good resistance and very good level of protection, which we hope by end of this month we will display them.”

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