MRAP WARS : IED vs Mobility

Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs, Nigeria’s military officials have amassed one of Africa’s largest fleet of MRAPS (Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles to help protect Nigerian troops. MRAPS have saved countless lives and absorbed or deflected thousands of insurgent bomb blasts in the forests, desert flats and roadways.

The lumbering vehicles have proven to be such a life saver, the Nigerian government has spent millions of dollars purchasing hundreds of MRAPs to protect against IEDs. Just recently Nigeria the took delivery of 200 Spartan and Typhoon wheeled armoured vehicles from Streit, a Canadian company but built in the Ukraine, to replace vehicles list to attrition.

The 8.8 ton Spartan with a payload of 1.1 tons carries at least eight troops and can mount a Dushka machine gun (another favourite of the army). The Spartan has lots of bullet proof windows and firing ports for passenger.

 

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The heavier (12.5 tons) Typhoon has a payload of 2.5 tons (or ten passengers).

 

In 2016 Nigeria received 32 MaxxPro and Caiman MRAPS from the United States. These vehicles were used in Iraq and were among the thousands declared surplus and donated to countries worldwide.

MaxxPro MRAP

 

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A roadside bomb exploded like a dusty thunderclap directly underneath the front left tire of the MaxxPro MRAP, sending the tall, roughly 20-ton vehicle lurching at least 10 feet forward and scattering chunks of the outer hull like amputated body parts.
The bomb, later estimated at 250 pounds, had targeted the convoy. the MRAP had absorbed or deflected most of the bomb’s force with its sophisticated, armor blend and force-deflecting, angled underbody. Thankfully no life was lost.

BIGFOOT MRAP

Nigeria acquired 20 Bigfoot MRAP from China in 2014. The Bigfoot has been used extensively by the army in the northeast .

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Special Forces troops on their Bigfoot MRAP.

 

A Bigfoot MRAP at the gates of the Nigerian army  barracks in Port Hacourt.

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CAIMAN MRAP

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A Nigerian soldier on top his CAIMAN MRAP with the Nigerian flag hoisted

 

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A CAIMAN MRAP on the streets of Port Hacourt during Operation Crocrodile training exercise

REEVA MRAP

 

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BTR-4E Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

 

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STEYR 4K-47A

Military parade, IFV roll-out.

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Men of the 7th Infantry Division cooling from the baking heat in the Sambisa forest.
Troops dismount from a STEYR 4K-47A.

 

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PROFORCE ARA MRAP

Nigeria’s first indenously produced Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle ARA MRAP.
A newly built combat ready ARA MRAP is rolled out form a PROFOCE factory.
In 2015 the Nigerian army took delivery of 10 ARA MRAP in 2016
Made in Nigeria ARA (Thunder) MRAP

PANHARD VBL

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OTOKA COBRA

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BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle 

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The terrain during the rainy season is no respecter of anyone

 

MOWAG Fighting Vehicle

MT-LB APC

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BTR-60

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PANHARD M3 APC

ALVIS SPARTAN TRACT APC

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A row of the British built Alvin Spartan fighting vehicle with the Nigerian army 7th Infantry Division.
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A line up of Alvin Spartan MRAPS and Vickers MK II Eagle Tanks

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4 Replies to “MRAP WARS : IED vs Mobility”

  1. You are right about National cohesion the economy from what i understand is picking up and one thing i like about the President is his will to put up quality and critical National infrastructure.
    We may also not get a willing president to properly fund the military the way Buhari will.

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    1. You are right. Buhari can best be described as the Douglas MacArthur of Nigeria. He commanded the operation to dislodge the invading Chadian army I 1983, personally giving Chase to the retreating Chadians across the border, deep into Chadian territory. A stunt that nearly cost him his Command.

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