Reports to Naijauto reveal that efforts by the Nigerian Army to produce Mines Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) automobiles are yielding positive results as the vehicles being manufactured at the institution’s engineering depot located in Kaduna State are 80% done.
This was disclosed by Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), while inspecting ongoing projects at the command’s engineering depot in Rigachikun, Kaduna State. According to Buratai, the Nigerian Army decided to venture into manufacturing of warfare vehicles locally in order to harness local technology to enhance the operations of the force. In line with the commitment to promote the local manufacturing industry, the Chief of Army Staff said that the vehicles consisted of no less than 70% local input.
Some of the tactical vehicles produced by the Nigerian Army locally
The vehicles known as Ezugwu MRAP are being manufactured through collaborative efforts with the Defense Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).
Burutai expressed his satisfaction about the quality of work seen especially as Ezugwu MRAP is the flagship vehicle being produced by the army at the moment. Speaking further, he stated that the public will get a chance to see the vehicle at the COAS Conference where it will be unveiled.
“The progress is quite impressive, and we hope to display them very soon during the COAS Conference. I will be here again before we finally role them out.
“As I have been briefed, it is up to 80 per cent of the 10 they intend to produce immediately and it is a good number.
“They will soon be inaugurated. Once they are formally inaugurated, we will launch them, operationalize them in our available theatres of operation.
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The information was shared by Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff
The Army boss stated that the vehicles will enhance operations of the Army in troubled areas like the Northeast as well as other areas in Nigeria and externally.
The Nigerian Army produces weapons and light tactical automobiles to combat internal security problems under the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC). Ezugwu MRAP is the flagship vehicle to be produced by the company.