Nigerian soldiers in bullish mood prepare to depart for Mali

Nigerian soldiers, decked out in Made-in-Nigeria bullet-proof vests and in bullish mood prepare to depart for Mali

20 January, 2013

In July 2012, the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria commenced the local production of Night Vision Goggles and Bullet Proof Vests in conjunction with Israeli partners, Marom Dolphin. It is said to be the only one of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa.

Nigerian troops who are currently heading out to Mali by the planeloads can be seen wearing some of these vests and it is believed that the photos of Made-in-Nigeria night vision goggles
shall emerge as soon as nighttime combat operations commence.

A representative of DICON’s Technical Partners, Marom-Dolphin (local subsidiary of an Israeli firm) showing the HMOD and other dignitaries Bullet Proof Vests produced at DICON’s ultra-modern factory in Kaduna.

A Nigerian Army soldier fully kitted with Bullet Proof Vest produced by the DICON – Marom Dolphin Company (Nig) Limited factory in Kaduna.

Some other partners of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria include, but are not limited to, Poly Technologies Corporation of China.


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  1. originalpato says:

    I love the idea of also having a water canteen coming in the form of a knapsack with a flexible drinking hose that a soldier will wrap round his neck.

  2. Henry says:

    Henry okah found guilty of terrorism in south africa court, faces life imprisonment. *BREAKING NEWS*

  3. peccavi says:

    its good Naija is onto the whole camelback side of life, thats 3 litres without having to find space for 3 waterbottles on your webbing. The web pattern in the last picture is best to me, lots of pouches

  4. peccavi says:

    Op Sevral Sitrep as of 20/01/2012 D+10


    Elements of 21 RIMa are now in the vicinity of DIABALY, column reported to be of 30 armoured vehicles with Fr and Malian personnel moving from NIONO supported by Gazelle helicopters
    Further air strikes on TIMBUKTU, buildings and apparent fuel supplies destroyed
    France has increased projected force numbers to 3,150 with 2,150 in country
    92nd Infantry Regiment (92eRI) is due to be deployed to Mali, vehicles travelling by sea. This is an armoured Infantry regiment equipped with the VBCi. Numbers/ grouping of those deploying not known

    MNA clearing through DIABALY,
    MNA now in DOUENTZA north west of KONNA
    MNLA has volunteered to join the coalition to drive the Islamists from northern Mali
    EU trainers for the rebuilding of the MNA due in mid February
    More reports of MNA executing civilians and wounded POWs
    Large numbers of internally displaced people and refugees
    Journalist allegedly killed by militants in GAO alive. Reports of uprising against MUJAO still unconfirmed

    Additional logistics assets include
    Belgium providing additional Agusta 109 Medevac helicopter bringing the numbers up to 2
    UAE to provide 2 x C-17s
    Spain to provide 1 x C-130
    The Netherlands – 1 x C-130 and 1 x KC-130
    US has begun airlift of Fr vehicles and materiel to BAMAKO

    Canada to use C-17 to aid transportation of AFISMA troops and equipment
    AFISMA force numbers now 830 from Nigeria, Niger, Benin and Togo
    Liberia to send a platoon to be integrated with AFISMA battalion

    More troops arrive BAMAKO


    ‘Scores’ of en vehicles reported to be arriving in TIMBUKTU
    En forces alleged to have large number of child soldiers in their ranks and recruited several in DIABALY
    Small demonstrations in Kuwait and London against the French intervention by Islamist supporters
    Egyptian government against intervention
    Algeria states no soldiers will be sent to Mali but has closed its borders
    MUJAO, AQIM and Ansar El Dine alleged to be receiving significant financial assistance from Qatari organisations acoording to anonymous Fr. military Intelligence source. Qataris alleged they paid MUJAO for protection while distributing humanitarian aid
    Footage of destroyed enemy vehicles thus far indicates unarmoured technicals with AA weapons mounted on them


    MNLA: the offer from the MNLA to fight alongside the coalition should be looked at carefully. The MNLA instigated this crisis but was seriously out manoeuvred by its new friends Ansar el Dine, AQIM and MUJAO and then subsequently outfought by them and pushed out of its self proclaimed territory of Azawad. They are thus militarily irrelevant at face value and are extremely self serving in their efforts to join the fight on the government side. However it must be remembered that Ansar el Dine is Taureg as well, it would be foolish not to take this opportunity to sign a peace deal with the MNLA whilst they are weakened and ready to accept terms and use them to co-opt other Tauregs still under enemy arms.
    There is also the advantages that (a) they are Tauregs and know the desert like no one else (b) they fought alongside the MUJAO and Ansar el Dine so know the location of supply routes, safe areas, supply dumps etc and even if they don’t know specifics they have enough desert and tactical knowledge to know where to look (c) tying them into a peace deal and having an elaborate reconciliation ceremony prevents the narrative of black southerners vs Arab Northerners. It will take strong leadership to sell this to the MNA but it is not an opportunity to be missed. Their fighting value is limited but their local knowledge and symbolic value could be decisive

    Logistics: as ever the ground dictates the tactics and in Mali there is a lot of ground. This is having a strong effect on French actions in this conflict; there is too much ground to cover and no way to secure it with the assets at hand. The entire French task force can be strung from here to KIDAL to properly secure the route and that is without even having a robust enemy. This is why the Fr are desperate for more troops, they need troops to hold the ground behind them while they advance, once major ground operations are initiated and the French are burning through ammunition, food and fuel, need to medevac casualties and prisoners these problems will increase tenfold. The same problem that plagued the ECOWAS plan is plaguing the French, how to sustain their forces in a huge underdeveloped country?

    Tactics: thus far the Fr tactics appear to be quite straight forward (and doctrinally orthodox in a way) the SF push forward recceing the route along with surveillance aircraft and drones providing information. They link up with the MNA (those that haven’t run away) and block enemy forces and then reduce them through air strikes, once they have been reduced and have pulled out of the built up areas the main forces again combined Fr/ MNA push forward. It would appear the French fought with the enemy on the outskirts but allowed the MNA to lead the entry into the towns. Like in most arid countries the most contested areas are the population centres and the routes to and from them and those areas are generally around water points. Thus the area around DIABALY for example is thickly vegetated limiting access for vehicles to designated routes and excellent for camouflage, thus easy to channel vehicles and troops and ambush with IEDs and small arms

    • jimmy says:

      The problem the French has is the problem that predates them long supply lines that are becoming dangerously untenable. You mentioned that the French are now literally ramping up their numbers to 3250. Can we draw conclusions that the numbers and the
      Long distances is taking its toll?
      Deployment of the Nigerians will be centered where?are they going to be used to hold downs crucial areas and when will the afisma go on the offensive?
      I want to caution the French they cannot capture sustain and recapture all of northern Mali they are going to need help or two full divisions 30,000+
      People should be careful about celebrating too soon about these early French victories
      Can we rely on the inept man the answer is no . The answer is to start redeploying Nigerians and Senegalese in recently cleared areas ASAP or else these towns will have to be recaptured again god forbid bad thing

  5. wocon45 says:

    Generals, i salute you all. Any opinions on Henry Okah’s indictment in South Africa there seem to be something fishy going on.

  6. figss says:

    2 ambulances with strong security provided by ctu of Nigeria army have just left Lokoja around 12.35 pm on route Ibaban conveying the dead bodies of our slain heroes back home.

  7. beegeagle says:

    May their souls rest in peace, Amen. The menace of terrorism shall yet be wiped out from our country and near-neighbourhood. They did not die in vain.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Meanwhile, Niger and Chadian troops are supposed to attack Gao from inside Niger, almost certainly indicating that the NAF jets stationed in Niger shall be providing the air support for that onslaught.

    ” General Dahirou Dembele (Malian Army chief) said troops from Niger and Chad were expected to come through Niger, which borders Mali on the east, and head to Gao, a key Islamist stronghold which has been pounded by French airstrikes.”

  9. giles says:

    pls mr beeg i will lik to ask hav de nigerian gone der own campaign(fighting) or dey ar stil guardin(foot partolling) de airport,and y do we not move in frm niger atleast it’s mor cheaper safer and stressfree

  10. beegeagle says:

    They have to deploy and bring in their equipment first and then, subject to the battle plan, commence an offensive. French and Nigerian troops are known to be guarding the airport at Bamako which they use to ferry in their troops and materiel.

    What is almost clear is that Niger, Chad and Nigeria would attack simultaneously from Niger into Gao and possibly, Kidal which is so ideal – since all three countries can hope to use similar equipment namely, a very large and powerful fleet of Panhard AMLs – Chad(82), Niger(125), Nigeria(180). Air power would be provided by the NAF while Niger and Chad have the most exposure to desert operating conditions – including actual desert warfare against insurgents. Hard fighters all by tradition, so this one is a front to watch.

    I strongly believe that the Guinean, Senegalese, Beninois and Malian troops shall be attacking from the direction of Douentza and heading towards Gao inside Mali(with air support) while Niger,Chad and Nigeria shall strike from inside Mali in a two-pronged attack. Linked up, the troops would then attack northwards in the direction of Kidal.

    Chad and Niger soldiers speak French, Niger and Nigerian soldiers Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, Arabic(Shuwa) and Zabarmawa (Dzarma-Songhai).

    The reason why I have always advocated that we attack Gao from Niger

    – it removes the need for our troops to pass through hundreds of miles of roads in hostile territory

    – we won’t have to get into a joint onslaught with Malian troops who might not stand or fight even at the pain of risking their honour

    – there are big Tuareg-dominated towns, Tillabery and Arlit in Niger, opposite Kidal and Gao in Mali which means a lot of cross-border movement, human intel and amenable folk which provides a friendly backdrop for operations into Mali.

    It is almost certain that the terrorists shall be dislodged from Gao and Kidal. On the ground, there shall be a lot of really tenacious troops and more importantly, a lot of experience in desert warfare coming from Niger and Chad, where in February 2008, a 300-vehicles convoy launched from Sudan was beaten back from Ndjamena and driven into the desert.

    Morale is very high among the terrorists and they shall not concede any inch of territory without a fight but their adversaries are hard-fighting troops who are not afraid to take casuaties.
    With heavy weapons, gritty troops and air power, I strongly tip the African allies to take both cities from the terrorists. We shall tee up this thread when, God willing, that day finally arrives.

    • peccavi says:

      Nigeria will most likely attack up the road from Mopti, that road needs to be cleared irrespective but inevitably the Chadians/ Nigeriens will attack from the east. The rebels know this so they have to split their forces.
      I’m guessing the Nigeriens/ Chadians will pussh up and around Gao and cut it off to the north, while the Nigerians do the slow hog of clearing up the road. It remains to be seen if they actually attack the town or use air power like the French but we do not have precision guided munitions so it will be more risky

  11. giles says:

    It pains me dat our own igirigi APC is yet ready 4 it 2 be tested hw much it can fair in a desert(extremely hot & cool) war theater,which would hav been a good sale point 4 d military 2 mak money 2 improv hardwares

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