MULLING THE NEW LOOK OF NIGERIA’S UPARMOURED AND UPGUNNED PINZGAUER COMBAT VEHICLES

During the 1980s, the Nigerian Army in collaboration with Steyr, acquired or assembled in-country a total of 300 Steyr 4K-7FA tracked armoured personnel carriers and 500 units of Pinzgauer utility vehicles.

The Pinzgauer vehicles, besides coming into service in 4×4 and 6×6 configurations, were either hard-topped or soft-topped.

Two days ago and in a heartwarming move steeped in improvisation, Lt General Onyeabo Ihejirika, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff informed Nigerians that 50 units of that large haul of Pinzgauer vehicles have now been uparmoured and upgunned for deployment to Mali.

While we make effort to bring you photos of the now-militarised Pinzgauer
vehicles, here are few of the militarised variants which have been in production elsewhere.

NIGERIAN-OWNED PINZGAUER UTILITY VEHICLES (regular configuration)

SOFT TOP

A Pinzgauer truck tows a 105mm artillery piece at the Golden Jubilee of Independence P’rade at Abuja, Oct 2010

HARD TOP

A Pinzgauer utility vehicle brings up the rear of an ECOMOG convoy led by a Panhard VBL scout car during the Battle of Freetown II, January 1999

RECONFIGURATION OPTIONS

GUN-TRUCK

PINZGAUER VECTOR – uparmoured+upgunned

Photo Credit: Defence of the Realm

PINZGAUER PROTECTOR – uparmoured

Photo Credit: Airborne Combat Engineer

An assortment of variants

Photo Credit : Liveguns

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12 Responses to MULLING THE NEW LOOK OF NIGERIA’S UPARMOURED AND UPGUNNED PINZGAUER COMBAT VEHICLES

  1. peccavi says:

    I’m interested to see the modifications. However you up armour them they are not going to stop an IED or RPG, so saying there is a case of a Pinz Vector in Afghanistan being hit by a 107 rocket and all surviving. Considering it was carrying a company’s allocation of 81mm mortar ammo, that quite good going!

  2. originalpato says:

    I hope that the uparmoured Pinzgauers are able to withstand blasts from at least ant-personnel landmines.

  3. tim says:

    They better think of upgrading the engine then, or else, it would become sluggish and easy to kill

  4. beegeagle says:

    Nobody would have a vehicle UPARMOURED(more weight) without increasing its engine power.

    Even for the heck of it, the upgrade package on 36 of our earliest models of Scorpion light tanks by Messrs Marshpearl of Ireland nearly a decade ago had the 76mm guns on the original variant replaced with 90mm guns, which are mainstay on the majority of them which came in more contemporary variants.

    Again and somewhat surprisingly, the petrol engines were replaced with what was said to be a high-speed and more efficient diesel engine.

    Those upgrades took place at the army’s Special Vehicle Plant at Bauchi and the tank technician who I interviewed in “Hanging out with Nigerian ECOMOG Veterans: A foot Soldier’s Story” was part of the team which worked on that project and on the upgrade of 14 Steyr APCs by EXPOMA of Austria.

  5. beegeagle says:

    That said, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY welcome this ingenious idea of uparmouring and upgunning these rugged vehicles. With so many of them available, it really expands out options as far as tactical battle vehicles go…this is the MIDPOINT between the alarming use of soft-skinned 4WD vans and our overwhelmingly calmoured-for MRAPs.

    We just took one meaningful step forward.

  6. ocelot2006 says:

    @ Marshal Beeg, how soon will we see the deployment of these vehicles along with the Kobra MRAPs? And will any MBT be deployed?

    • Periscope cryptologist says:

      Am sure if a good number of these pinzgauers are already refit, i guess they’d good to go in mali. MBT is a no in this kind of theatre. All that is needed are AFV, IFV, light tank, MRAAP

  7. doziex says:

    Nothing short of the AMISOM standard of logistics, armor and kitting will do. The UPDF rolled thru mogadishu with uparmored T-55 tanks, bmp-2 IFVs, MRAPS, Nyalas, towed artillery and attempted to introduced 5 mi-24s that crashed enroute in kenya.

    The KDF employed F-5 fighter bombers and varoius helicopters, which in concert with some western drones, targeted and eliminated al shabab’s deadly technicals mounted with recoiless rifles,ZSU AAAs, 107 MBRLs, 120 mm mortars etc. before they could be brought to bare.

    MRAPs massively reduced deaths and casualties in somalia, iraq and afghanistan. No one is saying they are the solution to all problems, but they save lives, as the enemy would have to up the ante to cause casualties in mrap occupants.

    Nigeria has every thing Amisom has, at it’s disposal, either in our current arsenal or affordable, our stringent defense budgets not withstanding.

    All we need to do, is choose, and then plan, to put our best foot forward.

  8. beegeagle says:

    My man Ocelot2006, I salute you.

    On the day of departure(19 January, 2013), the COAS said 50 units have already been reconfigured as battle vehicles. So those are ready as is.

    We should thinking long-term and try to have as many as 300 uparmoued and upgunned. These vehicles have crisscrossed the country as utility vehicles – from Sokoto to Kano, Lagos to Kaduna, Jos to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Obinze, Ilorin to Warri. There are many roles that they can play so we should make them our multipurpose combat vehicles.

    Let me give you an example. Now that troops of 2 Div are going to KD enroute Mali, I would have two of these and a Panhard VBL/Otokar Cobra escort them between Ibillo or Lampese and Jamata(Lokoja) which is where the General Murtala Muhammed Bridge is situated.

    The Pinzgauer is a very familiar spectacle across the federation on account of its wide deployment by the NA. As a second-string CTCOIN operational vehicle and in its upgunned and uparmoured form, it is a massive leap forward from those perilous 4WD vans which they love to deploy for CTCOIN patrols even with all the attendant drawbacks.

    Even Boko Haram know that those 4WD vans are useless – accidents waiting to happen – and that was why they attacked another one, yet again, at Ngelzarma in NE Nigeria last week.

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