WORLD EXCLUSIVE; FIRST-EVER FRONTAL SHOT OF THE MADE-IN-NIGERIA IGIRIGI APC, PRODUCED BY NIGERIAN ARMY ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (FED.GOVT OF NIGERIA PHOTO..ACCESSED BY DEWAY, A BEEGEAGLE’S BLOGGER)

IGIRIGI APC, produced by the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

IGIRIGI APC, produced by the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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  1. peccavi says:

    Awesome!

  2. Henry says:

    Brilliant.

  3. Henry says:

    This particular photo, small, does not tell the full story. However I think the APC is a massive leap for us. In the 2013 defence budget about half a billion naira is set aside for local production of APC’s. So I expect to see big things next year in our local defence industry. Nice one army.

  4. Solorex says:

    Not bad at all ,So unlike what we expected but still great looking. I see no reason why we can’t have the full specification released by the army like its done in order countries.Its an APC for goodness sake,it is not a some missile of stealth bomber. Thank God for Oga Beegeale!

    I still maintain that the Army/Dicon/Navy/Airforce should invest heavily in R&D and CAD,simulation and coupling technology/capability.
    Once a satisfactory prototype is obtained the actual serialized manufacture should be handled by the private sector. That company in Ogun state that launched a locally assembled APC and so many other Vehicle assembling plants would gladly set-up an assembly workshop for sizeable number for the right cut (after all the market is readily available namely state governments,police,Army e.t.c). They would also proceed to improve the prototype and offer great varieties with their own funds once they know that the market is available. It would also prevent the government from having to invest huge funds and producing another inefficient, corrupt and politically bastardized mantra in mould of PHCN and co.

    This is the defence industry model that is getting great results in Europe/South Africa is been adopted in India and even Iran at the moment due to the results its bringing.

    • beegeagle says:

      Synergies with TATA (formerly Volkwagen) in Lagos who also happen to make MRAPs in their mother country, India and with National Truck Manufacturers who assemble SINOTRUK at Kano would not be a bad idea.

      Stemming from expected lower production costs attendant in home production, if they can peg the cost of each unit at US$250k(N40 million), the FG should commission them to produce twenty five Mk.1 variants which should be deployed for combat operations.

      Subject to battlefield performance, a Mk.II variant should then be developed with modifications and a production run of 100 units commenced in 2015.

      Let us get started at any rate though since, without prejudice to prototypes, we really cannot tell how it would perform until we hit the combat zone with it. See how well the Made-in-Nigeria warship has held up in patrols and counterpiracy interdictions? That is what I am talking about, gentlemen.

      Great job, NA.

  5. beegeagle says:

    The resolution of this photo is actually 640 x 480…standard size. Click on the photo.

    If you are using a BB, check your options and select “view actual size”

    I can see it in full here..I see paradise :-)

    • jimmy says:

      This is what I am talking about my faith in Nigeria has been vindicated. This is why i will always love Nigeria unflinchingly . Just give us something , anything to work with and we as Nigerians will produce.While others prattle onabout everything that is bad about Nigeria we onthis blog when it appropriate we will sing her praises.
      Thank you for the pictures.

  6. Deway says:

    This is more than a basic start for the Army Engineers. Big congrats to them. However, I feel the N300million budgeted for production of more Igirigis may not do much. The army should understand that in 2012-2013 there is no secrecy in APC production and that they can’t bear the enormous costs alone. Partnering is the way to go. DICON/Steyr, Proforce, NTM would be capable partners….

  7. doziex says:

    Igirigi for igbo language means Hail , like in a hail storm, you know, when u have golf ball sized ice come down on you, instead of rain.

    That’s a fierce reputation to live up to. Kudo’s to NA engineers, and all officials involved in this project.

    The military industrial complex, is the way out of nigeria’s malaise.

  8. tim says:

    Nice that they are using slope amour comcept

  9. jimmy says:

    Just realized that way to recognize that OGA Tim

  10. gbash10 says:

    We are Nigerians,our ingenuity is yet to be seen by the scientific and engineering community around the globe,nice work the NA,we are still waiting for our main battle tank,MBT!

  11. gbash10 says:

    We have reached a stage where the FG should ensure that the Ajaokuta steel mill and the machine tool fabrication plant at Oshogbo are completed and full scale production of steel products ought to be a top-priority in the present transformation agenda.

  12. gbash10 says:

    Great Patroits,you will all agree with me that for our country to develop rapidly,our respective R&D centres must not start from the rudimental stage of designing,fabricating and developing a particular product,but they should copy or reverse-engineer existing products by adding some flavour to it to meet our national needs.

    • doziex says:

      Agreed Oga gbash10. Why reinvent the wheel ?

      Let us reverse engineer every product that has ever been imported into nigeria.

      That would definitely curb imports, and make room for nigerian indigenous manufacturing, to flourish.

      Hehehe………#evil genius.

  13. anas says:

    Oga beeg wat about the amebo drone ? Was there any budgetry provision made of its developement?

  14. beegeagle says:

    Oga Anas, not to my knowledge. But since the project is the baby of the Air Force Institute of Technology, I suspect that the needed funds would be captured in the AFIT budget. That is where we should be looking at…going by the pattern which has held true for DICON and NAEME.

    • doziex says:

      Oga peccavi, that’s a good reality check.

      We are way behind those that are supposed to be our peers.

      Sans a national awakening to this unfortunate fact, and strong purposefull leadership from the top, we will never catch up or realize our own potential.

      • peccavi says:

        Gradually gradually.
        I have serious reservations about our government but they are showing promise in terms of self reliance and promoting made in Nigeria goods.
        If they took a more holistic approach and realise the importance of strong educational and infrastructural groundings I’d be even happier

  15. beegeagle says:

    Er gentlemen, you see why I do not do that fake ‘one Africa’ thingie? At times like this you realise how classy that chap Kyall Kelvins really is.

    When Afua Hirsch descended on the Nigerian interest, some Kinuthia chap tried to justify her exertion with talk of ‘indisciplined soldiery’.

    If this were piracy, bunkering or bad press, everyone would be over themselves with all manner of jibes, talking tripe about what they do not know ‘jot’ about.

    At every moment of salutation..Made-in-Nigeria warship, drone or APC, you won’t hear one word – not even a polite ‘good one for Africa’ from the Africa bla-bla crowd.

    I really have to admire Nigerians when they freely compliment the turnout of properly kitted soldiers from elsewhere in Africa or applaud something which an African military got right. That is Nigerian confidence for you. At such times, African brethren would inundate the board with unsolicited videos and photos.

    But let it go well for Nigeria and everyone of them clams up. Are too many of us Africans simply poor in spirit?

  16. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S says

    I hear you and it chagrins me not to
    have expressed my awe and admiration to a significant milestone….but I’ve been typing away, and am not so good at it. God bless Nigeria, safe sail to Andoni and her sailors from now to times end, and if it be Gods will may she be our anchor, AMEN

    She is an extremely beautiful boat, I’d
    have her in somewhere near or in
    Manda Bay any day…..

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