WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO OF A STREIT WARRIOR ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY

Five firing ports a side and a much elongated wheelbase.

COMPARE this new variant pictured above to this in-service, regular-sized variant of the Streit Spartan Mk.3 APC, two firing ports a side, which is deployed for combat operations by the defence and security forces in Nigeria, Ukraine and Libya fighting insurgents.

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FIELD IMAGERY FROM MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NIGERIA’S FAR NORTHEAST

An Agusta A109 LUH helicopter at Mafa

A T72 AV tank and troops in bullish mood

A BigFoot MRAP(foreground) and a REVA MRAP (background)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: MCSHEGZ

PROPS: KEVI KEVOSTA

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NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AGUSTA HELICOPTER(S) CONFIRMED WEAPONISED..BEECHCRAFT SUPER KING AIR 350i CONFIRMED IN ISR ROLE ; AGUSTA HELO ON ARMED RECCE MISSION DESTROYS TWO BOKO HARAM LOGISTICS TRUCKS

A Malaysian example of a weaponised Agusta A109 helicopter

PM NEWS
Published on August 24, 2015

Two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) sect have been intercepted and destroyed by the Nigerian Air Force Agusta helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Air Commodore Dele Alonge Director of Public Relations & Information Nigerian Air Force said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the NAF spokesperson, the trailers were covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.

Alonge also informed that the recent air operation against Boko Haram targets was commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar from NAF reconnaissance aircraft, the King Air 350i.

“The CAS coordinated the various NAF platforms involved in the operation to provide close air support to ground forces, led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala,” said Alonge.

He also revealed that NAF 260, a Mi-24V attack helicopter was hit during the operation, leading to a damage of one of the main rotor blades. He however added that the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land.

He added that the affected aircraft has since been repaired and is back to the theater of operation.

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FIELD IMAGERY: A BTR-SERIES ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER AT ONITSHA

PHOTO CREDIT: DAILYMAIL NG

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USA EXPORTING ARMS TO NIGERIA DESPITE ‘BAN’ ; NAVISTAR MAXXPRO & CAIMAN MRAPs, PLASAN SASA (SANDCAT) LIGHT ARMOURED VEHICLES LINED UP FOR DELIVERY

NAVISTAR MAXXPRO MRAP

CAIMAN MRAP

SANDCAT ARMOURED TACTICAL VEHICLE

Nigeria : US exporting arms to Nigeria despite ‘ban’

14 AUGUST 2015

Despite a much touted “ban” allegedly preventing the United States from exporting arms to the Nigerian forces,Pentagon records show the US Army is sending military equipment, including armoured vehicles and ambulances, to Nigeria, which has been embroiled in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.

RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL
By Michel Arseneault

President Muhammudu Buhari complained last month that the US had “aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists” by refusing to send arms to Nigeria forces on the grounds of “unproven allegations of human rights violations levelled”.

In a speech before the US Institute of Peace, he blamed a “blanket application” of Leahy Laws, legislation introduced by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy to prohibit US public funds from being given to foreign military units involved in gross human rights violations.

But Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) records show the Department of Defense is nonetheless set to transfer military material to Nigeria.

A DSCA list of so-called Excess Defense Articles slated for Nigeria indicates the US Army is about to transfer Caiman trucks, armoured vehicles designed “to defeat current and emerging threats,”
according to their manufacturer, British- based BAE Systems.

The US Army is also sending armoured vehicles known as MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected),made by Navistar Defense, an Illinois company, and Israeli-based Plasan Sasa. It is unclear which Nigerian military units will receive the equipment, but the State Department has confirmed that deliveries are pending.

“These articles have not been exported yet but are in the process,” said a State Department official in a response to an email query. “We don’t have a date on the export yet.”

Recipients could include a number of units untarnished by allegations of gross rights violations that continue to benefit from US military aid.“US security assistance to Nigeria hasn’t been suspended,” explained Lauren Ploch Blanchard, a specialist in African Affairs at the Congressional Research Service in an interview from Washington. “The US has also cleared so-called ‘clean’ units.”

Troops involved in the war on Boko Haram (also known as the Islamic State in West Africa) have failed to be “vetted” or approved because of allegations of rights abuses, including summary executions of prisoners and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, since the war on the Islamist insurgency began in 2004.

Nigeria has also been reproached by the US and well-respected international rights groups for doing little about it. It is unclear if the Nigerian president knew the extent of US military assistance to his country when he lashed out at the US in July.

Relations between the two countries have at times been strained. Last year Nigeria scrapped a plan to have the US military train a Nigerian battalion to confront the extremists in the northeast. The cancellation was seen as an indication of Nigeria’s displeasure at the US lack of engagement in counter-terrorism operations but also the US decision to stop buying Nigerian crude oil – a decision that aggravated the impact of falling oil prices in a country that exports virtually nothing else.

In July Buhari’s remarks in Washington prompted Sen. Patrick Leahy to issue a curt statement denouncing his “misdirected criticism.” “Rather than suggest that the United States is at fault for not funding murderers and rapists in the Nigerian military, he should face up to his own responsibility to effectively counter Boko Haram,” Leahy said. “He should direct his attention to the Nigerian military, and the Nigerian courts, and clean up the units implicated in such atrocities.”

The Leahy laws, however, do not prohibit the sale of weapons to Nigeria and at least one privately held US company has flown two light combat jets previously owned by the German air force to Nigeria. Air USA Inc, which describes itself as a “leader in military combat readiness training”, flew the Alpha Jets made by Dassault Aviation of France and Dornier of Germany, according to a report in Air Forces Daily.

They will probably be used in the northeast where the Nigerian Air Force is deploying additional combat aircraft in a counter-insurgency operation called Operation Lafiya Dole.

Political analysts are still speculating about what led Buhari to criticise his American ally. “Politicians are not really aware about the facts — in Nigeria as elsewhere,” said Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) researcher Pieter Wezeman. “He [Buhari] may also have chosen to find a scapegoat to deflect attention from the real issue — the real issue is the incompetence of the military in Nigeria to deal with Boko Haram.”

Other countries have been supplying arms to Nigeria. “They can get what they want and they are,” noted Wezeman. “It’s a buyer’s arms market out there. A country like Nigeria can — and does — get weapons from countries ranging from China to Brazil, Israel to Russia and from Poland to France.”

Tensions between Nigeria and the US came as Buhari announced plans to set up a “modest military industrial complex” to make sophisticated weaponry, resuscitating Nigeria’s arms industry.

Some analysts are doubtful that Nigeria,keen to diminish its reliance on foreign suppliers, stands to gain. “Corruption and other management issues make it highly unlikely that Nigeria will succeed to build a useful industry that can produce ‘sophisticated’ weapons in the near future,” Wezeman said. “To think that such an industry can defeat Boko Haram doesn’t make sense.”

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FOTORAMA: PRESIDENT BUHARI DECORATES NIGERIAN MILITARY CHIEFS WITH THE INSIGNIA OF THEIR NEW RANKS

President Buhari, assisted by Mrs Olonisakin, decorates the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin with the rank insignia of General

President Buhari places the peak cap of a Lieutenant General on the head of the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Tukur Buratai

President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo decorate Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ekwe Ibas with the insignia of his new rank

President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo decorate Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar with the insignia of his new rank

PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA ; RELAYED BY TRENDYHUBS

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POTENT OPTIONS FOR UPGUNNING THE NIGERIAN ARMY AVIATION UNIT’S GAZELLE HELICOPTERS

A Gazelle helicopter inducted in 2015, operated on behalf of Army Aviation by the Nigerian Air Force

CREDIT: KEVOSTA TECH SUPPORT: MCSHEGZ

This potent panoply of armaments fit for ongoing counterinsurgency operations can be replicated by either ATE, PARAMOUNT GROUP or DENEL Aerostructures of South Africa, turning the Gazelle helicopters into powerful scout helicopters and fire support platforms

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