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