Kaduna, Nigeria: The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commissioned the newly established Nigerian Army Vehicles Manufacturing Company for the production of light and heavy infantry vehicles in Kaduna State.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony at Rigachikun community in Igabi local government area of the state, General Buratai attributed ineffectiveness of some armoured fighting vehicles and other imported light skin vehicles from overseas as responsible for some of the setbacks suffered by the Nigerian military in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, hence the need to develop and assemble such military hardware locally.
Below is a statement by the army as published via social media, also below is a video of armoured vehicles being tested.
“In order to rid the North East of insurgency and sustain the tempo of operations in the region, the recently established Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company has refurbished some Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) to support Op LAFIYA DOLE.
“Some of the newly refurbished AFVs of both wheeled and tracked variants, are fully fitted with advanced communications equipment, gun mounds and sophisticated weapon systems.
“These AFVs would serve as force multipliers and overall game changers in the theatre of operations. Watch the clips..”