ARE ALVIS SAXON APCs THAT RUGGED?

An Alvis Saxon mine-resistant APC of the Police Mobile Force(MOPOL)

An Alvis Saxon mine-resistant APC of the Police Mobile Force(MOPOL)

Well, I have always loved the sturdy, rugged looks of the Alvis Saxon APC (shown above) which closely resembles the evergreen Saladin AFV sans the 76mm gun.

Sometime last weekend while reviewing British armoured vehicles, it became clear that the Alvis Saxon APC, mainstay of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force fleet (of about 400 APCs, most of them given by state governments as tokens of operational support), is not only able to survive 9kg of TNT blasts emanating from landmines or IEDs, but can also drive through a wall of 7.62mm automatic rifle fire at POINT-BLANK range. Ditto 155mm artillery shrapnel. Now that is good.

The Nigeria Police Force also operate Casspir APCs for MOPOL and Anti Terrorism Squad personnel.

Way back in 1984, the Nigeria Police Force took delivery of 75 units of Alvis Saxon APCs for their MOPOL units. Most of them appear to be in great condition still (see photo above of a Saxon APC detailed to MOPOL 10 Squadron, Bauchi).

For their JSTF MOPOL and special operations ATS contingents, NOTHING stops the Nigeria Police Force from mopping all Casspir (can take 14kg TNT blasts), RG 31 and Saxon APCs plus the array of Israeli-supplied APCs which have featured prominently on the shopping lists of state governments seeking to aid the operations of the Police Commands deployed to their states. Most of the Israeli-built APCs so acquired are similarly mine resistant.

The Police High Command can greatly boost the personal safety of their personnel deployed for JSTF operations by moving them (Saxon, Casspir and RG-31 MRAPs) to the frontline while those APCs which cannot withstand the rigours of that lawless theatre can be rotated to other states in the Middle Belt and the South where landmine and IED blasts or ambushes are not essentially operational hazards. By so doing, they just might pool a fleet of 150 task-specific armoured vehicles.

In the interim, the rest of the Police APC nationwide which are not pooled for COIN ops would suffice for riot control.

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2 Responses to ARE ALVIS SAXON APCs THAT RUGGED?

  1. alun says:

    I have operated Saxon APC’s in Iraq over a period of 2 yrs and found them very sturdy. Similiarly i have drove and repaired all MRAPV type vehicles. The only issue with the saxon is the RHD steel which is 14mm thick, this does not stop armour piercing rounds. The company i am now working for in Nigeria is building armoured vehicles as we speak. I hope that these vehicles will become the new frontline for JSTF and mopol. watch this space!

  2. beegeagle says:

    That is good to know, Alun.

    Presumably, you are referring to the production of the Made-in-Nigeria PROWLER APC. A contract for the supply of 40 units was awarded by the FG late in November 2009.

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