SPRINGBUCK VI MRAP ASSEMBLY PLANT SET TO BE ESTABLISHED IN NIGERIA

Springbuck VI mine-protected vehicle

Springbuck VI mine-protected vehicle

* SECURITY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS MUST ESTABLISH PLANTS IN NIGERIA SAYS POLICE AFFAIRS MINISTER

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
March 9th, 2012

Press Release

As part of its development
agenda, the Federal Government will soon stop doing business with any foreign firm that has no production outlet in the country. This is with a view to stopping it from becoming a dumping ground for foreign sub-standard products.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade disclosed this when he met with representatives of Mekahog Limited, manufacturers of military and security equipment in his office.

According to the Minister, apart from the measures at ensuring that what is produced meet the nation’s expectations and needs, this policy will also open a lot of opportunities, especially in terms of jobs. Olubolade commended the management of Messrs Mekahog for offering to establish a production plant for armoured personnel carriers and other security hardware in Nigeria and promised to facilitate whatever would be required to achieve it.

He also expressed satisfaction with the company’s survey of its products currently being used by the Nigeria Police Force for possible refurbishment and upgrading and said such actions would determine, to a great extent, the Ministry’s relationship with police equipment manufacturers henceforth.

Earlier, the Group President of Messrs Mekahog, Chief Ikedi Ohakim informed the Minister that many of the company’s products were being used satisfactorily by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

This, he said, informed the decision to establish a manufacturing plant in the country. According to him, the plant which will produce the Springbok brand of armoured personnel carriers and other security hardware would also provide employment for more than 2000 Nigerians.

He also expressed the company’s preparedness to train officers of the Nigeria Police Force on the repair and regular maintenance of its equipment and invited the officials of the Ministry and the Nigeria Police Force for an inspection visit to its factory in South Africa.

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15 Responses to SPRINGBUCK VI MRAP ASSEMBLY PLANT SET TO BE ESTABLISHED IN NIGERIA

  1. beegeagle says:

    SPRINGBUCK VI 4×4 ® VI 4×4 ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER (APC)

    MINE PROTECTED VEHICLE
    Manufactured by Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers(DTM)
    Drakensberg – South Africa

    The Springbuck VI APC, which derived its name from the famous antelope known for its toughness and sure-footed dexterity, is owned in its design and entirety by DTM. This permanent 4×4 with its powerful MWM 6 litre engine carries driver +10. With B6 ballistic protection upgradeable to B7, the all-steel armoured v-shaped hull is designed to withstand a TM57 landmine under the hull or two under any wheel.

    The standard configuration can be easily adapted to various applications and by the addition of turret-mounted weaponry the vehicle can be effectively used as a combat vehicle. Using internationally available drive-line components for assured reliability as well as availability of parts.

    The standard configuration and modular interior layout of the Springbuck can be readily adapted to various applications such as: Ambulance Armoured personnel
    carrier Cash-in transit vehicle Combat vehicle Command vehicle Riot control vehicle Tactical patrol vehicle We offer our users a package of total life cycle support providing maintenance, repairs, logistics information, product support, training and field support.

    Specifications

    Tare: 6800kg
    Payload : 3200kg
    GVM: 10000kg
    Seating: 11 (driver + 10)
    Top Speed: 115km/h+
    Gradeability: 70% (low range)
    Turning Circle: 14.7m (curb to curb) Standard Tank Size: 140 litres
    Tank Range: ±600km
    Tank Optional: 260 litres

    Ballistic Protection: B6 upgradeable to B7

    Mine Protection:
    2 x TM57 landmine (14kg TNT)
    or equivalent under any wheel
    1 x TM57 landmine (7kg TNT)
    or equivalent directly under hull

  2. beegeagle says:

    These Springbuck VI MPVs would nicely complement our incoming fleet of Oshkosh SandCat M-LPVs

    COMING SOON:

    OSHKOSH SANDCAT mine-protected Light Patrol Vehicle

    OSHKOSH SANDCAT M-LPV

  3. peccavi says:

    Excellent news!

  4. doziex says:

    HOLD THE PRESS !!! Beeg, I have being reading up on this fella, the group president of Mekahog.
    A former governor of imo state and now the CEO of a south african defence outfit.

    Sahara reporters did an expose on Gov. Ikedi Ohakim . Which could be a biased, unsubstantiated bang up job by irresponsible journalists, OR THE TRUTH.

    The report portrays him as a 419 kingpin with a special relationship/immunity conferred on him by Dr. Waziri, former EFCC boss.

    HOWEVER, THIS IS NEITHER HERE NOR THERE.
    If MEKAHOG is a joint nigerian/southafrican company that would build legitimate plants in nigeria, and deliver a world class APC for the police, I am all for it.

    Shady history not withstanding.

    But the nigerian police should be vigilant and ensure they are not defrauded in any way, shape or form.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Well, Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers want to establish a plant in Nigeria while MEKAHOG are already in business supplying the defence and security forces with a broad spectrum of materiel, so this is unlikely to fly off the handle.

    Ideally, the plant would be owned by Drakensberg Truck Manufacurers for whom MEKAHOG would merely be facilitators

  6. Gbash says:

    A south african defence and security company!hmmm…my good friends and fellow country men,i believe we are watching all the events as they unfold with “Eagle Eyes”.

  7. beegeagle says:

    PROGRESS! MRAPs coming

    Defenceweb are reporting that DTM of South Africa and Mekahog’s technical partners have, are currently fulfilling orders for the Nigerian defence and security forces. About 200 units are believed to be destined for West African clients. That should be a pointer to terror-afflicted Nigeria, Niger and Mali but with the ongoing expansion of COIN-biased and Special Forces and with Nigeria being the most actively and critically beset with IED blasts and suicide attacks, in addition to the fact that MEKAHOG are a Nigerian company, it is safe to assume that anything between one-half and two-thirds of that haul of 200 MRAPs shall be coming to Nigeria.

    It gets better. Defenceweb reports indicate that MEKAHOG and the Nigerian authorities as saying that a MoU has been signed to refurbish all owned MRAPs. MEKAHOG are also advancing their plans for an APC factory in Nigeria – Nigerian solutions for Nigerian problems then.

    READ:

    http://defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26110:mekahog-to-build-springbuck-armoured-vehicles-at-new-factory-in-nigeria&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105

    Concrete dividends

    * Nigeria and some unnamed West African clients have an order for 200 Springbuck MRAPs which is being fulfilled by MEKAHOG’s technical partners, DTM through their South African factories.

    beegeagle.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/springbuck_vi.jpg

    Springbuck VI

    SPRINGBUCK VI 4×4 ® VI 4×4 ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER (APC)

    11-man capacity MRAP
    Manufactured by Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers(DTM)
    Drakensberg – South Africa

    The Springbuck VI APC, which derived its name from the famous antelope known for its toughness and sure-footed dexterity, is owned in its design and entirety by DTM. This permanent 4×4 with its powerful MWM 6 litre engine carries driver +10. With B6 ballistic protection upgradeable to B7, the all-steel armoured v-shaped hull is designed to withstand a TM57 landmine under the hull or two under any wheel.

    The standard configuration can be easily adapted to various applications and by the addition of turret-mounted weaponry the vehicle can be effectively used as a combat vehicle. Using internationally available drive-line components for assured reliability as well as availability of parts.

    The standard configuration and modular interior layout of the Springbuck can be readily adapted to various applications such as: Ambulance Armoured personnel
    carrier Cash-in transit vehicle Combat vehicle Command vehicle Riot control vehicle Tactical patrol vehicle We offer our users a package of total life cycle support providing maintenance, repairs, logistics information, product support, training and field support.

    Specifications

    Tare: 6800kg
    Payload : 3200kg
    GVM: 10000kg
    Seating: 11 (driver + 10)
    Top Speed: 115km/h+
    Gradeability: 70% (low range)
    Turning Circle: 14.7m (curb to curb) Standard Tank Size: 140 litres
    Tank Range: ±600km
    Tank Optional: 260 litres

    Ballistic Protection: B6 upgradeable to B7

    Mine Protection:
    2 x TM57 landmine (14kg TNT)
    or equivalent under any wheel
    1 x TM57 landmine (7kg TNT)
    or equivalent directly under hull

    ADDITIONALLY and coming soon to the Nigerian arsenal

    DCD Mountain Lion Armoured Battle Vehicle (10-man capacity MRAP)

    DCD Mountain Lion

    DCD Mountain Lion

  8. beegeagle says:

    Assembly plants aside, we have gone a step further by producing a Made-in-Nigeria (not merely assembled in Nigeria) APC.

    It is the IGIRIGI APC, manufactured by the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers(NAEME) and has nothing to do with assembly plants for either the Israeli or South African-made MRAPs

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/made-in-nigeria-apc-behold-the-igirigi/

  9. Spirit says:

    The very Beeg one,

    I and every man on this great blog is very happy at all these good news of foreign comapnies coming over to manufacture/assemble their products here in Nigeria. This is trully the way to accelerate not just the pace of modernisation of our military but technological growth in all the sectors of the economony because its going to have a multiplier effect on sectors such as Higher education (our undergraduates will have places to go for internship), extractive industry (for raw materials), SME (to produce spare parts), and employment generally.

    But why are we not hearing news about the Igirigi going to the production line? Or is the specification/performance so poor that it cant event be produced and used in less violent area (i.e the South)?

    There are no less than six auto assemblies in Nigeria (Leyland/Ibadan,Stey@ Bauchi, Volkswagen/Lagos, ANAMCO/Anambra, NTC/Kano, Innoson/Nnewi), is it so difficult for NAEME to partner with one or more of these companies or even any of the new ones to come and help develop and mass produce the Igirigi?

    Patriots, please dont get me wrong, all these news of SpringbuckVI etc have really made my day because it translates to safety for our men who constantly go i nto harms way and death to the murderers, but I will be much happier to hear news about our very own Igirigi (unless it did not perform well enough to warrant further development).

    It baffles me why the FG has not mandated all MDAs to make use of Zinox computers,drive Innosson vehicles etc and we keep shouting “buy made-in -Nigeria” product, “eat made-in-Nigeria”, “think made-in-Nigeria” etc. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START?

    The Igirigi may not be as tough as Marksman, Piranha, Gila, Spartan etc but I would prefer a situation where at least the APCs in the not-so-violent south consist principally of Igirigis so that it does not remain on the shelve.

  10. Spirit says:

    Is it the same reason why our public office holder no longer drive Peugeut in spite of the fact that PAN Kaduna has a capacity to produce 50,000 units /annum?

  11. Spirit says:

    The same reason why we dont drive Innoson buses?
    The same reason why FGN, States, Local goverments and MDAs don’t use Zinox computers despite the global recognistion and accolades?

  12. beegeagle says:

    Spirit, I agree with you.

    However, do note that the IGIRIGI APC, with its remotely controlled weapon station, is almost certainly more advanced than the Spartan, Piranha and Marksman. Only the GILA would offer better protection.

    As we speak, the FG allocated a few hundreds of millions of naira in the FY 2013 defence budget so that work on the Made-in-Nigeria IGIRIGI APC can be advanced by the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

  13. anas says:

    The newly unveiled casspir is best suited 4 nigeria this springbok looks lik a bus conveyin kids to school

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