Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos and a BTR-3 APC seen for the first time in Nigerian service

Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos and a BTR-3 APC seen for the first time in Nigerian service


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  1. This is one of the best pics of NA i ve seen of late…confirms that the NVG is not just a not a parade ground paraphernalia! Thanks Henry

  2. makanaky says:

    Hum nawaoo ! why should a sane mind want to mess with these guys ? I think BH and others are just bunch of lunatics, photo of men and hardware very impressive and convincing.

  3. ifiok umoeka says:

    I wonder if this is in the NE theatre! Nice pics oga henry.

  4. Akin Oges says:

    Whaooo… NVG deployed in actual Commando Ops. Just brilliant NA. Doff my hat.

  5. jimmy says:

    these are the big boys of armored CARS Thanks Oga henry. .YEAH this is probably somewhere in the North east

  6. asorockweb says:

    The turrent seems to have a heavy machine gun (DshK 12.7).
    The BTR-3 on wiki has a 30mm cannon. Is this a cheaper variant?
    Look at this rear view from ArmyRecognition:
    Also the turrent looks like BTR-60, BUT the rear-end doesn’t.

  7. originalpato says:

    This is the 2nd photo of members of the NA Special Forces not wearing their usual masks.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Oga Asorockweb, we have two variants and four sub-classes in NA service – BTR-3E which is the APC variant and the BTR-3 U-series which are IFV variants. This could be the APC variant which has the KPV 14.5mm machine gun while the turreted IFV variant it is which carries the KBA-105 “Shkval” unified fighting module which can accommodate 30mm gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 30mm automatic grenade launcher and anti- tank guided weapons simultaneously. Even so, these weapons on the Shkval module can apparently all be detached in which case you might find 7.62mm coaxial MG as the only weapon visible, subject to the mission requirement.

    These are the variants in NA service

    BTR-3UN (night attack variant)
    BTR-3UR (recce variant)

    BTR-3E/14.5mm HMG-armed

    The vehicle which you see above is a BTR-3 though. The sheer size, 1.6 times larger than the BTR-60, already gives the hulk away from this point. Not to mention the rear lights and the more modern and angular outlines.

    Gentlemen, that is the first published photo of a Nigerian Army BTR-3, on paper or on the internet. We have also brought you first photos of tracked Spartan APCs and Samaritan ambulances and a first photo of a 14.5mm MG-armed MT-LB

  9. ifiok umoeka says:

    Gen Beegs on mark. The Ukrainian AFV has variant and the modular design allows for different mission. U can’t take the MICV variant to town (imagine firing antitank missiles at huts, HRW will kill you ha ha ha), this is the APC variant.

  10. Tope says:

    More greese to the NA Elbows….Oga Beeg Oga Henry unaa deserve beta Beer for our head o…..:) Just wait i do know the Nigerian Army has so many Surprises for us.

  11. beegeagle says:

    đŸ™‚ Na so. “Man wey dey set trap, also need to dey roast yam”

    Henro, abi nuh be so?

  12. beegeagle says:

    Of the 47 units which were acquired, alongside 18 modernised and upgraded BTR-70s, about 40 units belong to that powerful IFV range.

    • Obix says:

      OgaTim, it’s clear this news is tailored. Yaaaaaawn!

    • igbi says:

      Just tell me, how would they know if the people they are talking to are not related to boko haram or are not boko haram themselves. And what tells us those people even exist.
      Finally, just do a background check on everything the new York times have published about Nigeria (use Google) then you will understand that they are trying to portray us as a zoo. So please as Nigerian, you should be reading news papers that are not racist.

  13. ocelot2006 says:


  14. makanaky says:

    @tim the story is rubbish, sensational cannot be verified.

  15. makanaky says:

    @Some of the soldiers deployed are of Northern extraction, so it means they shoot at their people with long ropes without asking any question ? What a juicy and stupid story

  16. beegeagle says:

    Leave the “New York Times” to keep on dribbling saliva all over themselves in the name of a narrative. Since when did froth begin to pass for a news story?

    Gentlemen, check the following threads. Very interesting narratives and photos




  17. doziex says:

    Nice pics, nice APCs, but we need MUCH MORE. 67 wouldn’t cut it.

    When the new iraqi army went for the same MT-LBs, they nabbed 500 vehicles from bulgaria in a deal worth EUR 150 million.
    When they went for the Otokar Cobra APC, they nabbed 600 units.

    Add to that 8000 ex us hummvees, almost all up armored, and you are talking a substantive mechanized force for conventional maneouvres againts the iranians, or a significant IED proofing against any insurgency.

  18. beegeagle says:


    8 June, 2013
    By Senator Iroegbu

    The Defence Headquarters Friday condemned recent reports published in the New York Times alleging that the troops of the Special Forces deployed to enforce the state of emergency in some parts of the north have resorted to indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians.

    The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade in a statement Friday night noted that the report with the title: “In Nigeria, ‘Killing People Without Asking Who they Are” is false and full of imaginary concoctions aimed to cause discontent amongst members of the public. Olukolade said the report dwelling on what it described as “atrocities being committed by the Nigerian military against innocent civilians”, sought to create in the minds of its readers an imaginary refugee situation in the area.

    “It quoted non-existent people, painted a picture of an army that cannot distinguish between the enemy and unarmed civilians; an army that turns its guns against the same people it is out to protect. This is certainly not the Nigerian Armed Forces and there is no killing of civilians in the on-going operation as New York Times desperately sought to portray.

    “Imbued with half-truths,unsubstantiated claims and outright misrepresentations, the report, as in some others carried by their fellows in certain media, strive in futility to demonise the ongoing operation in the North-east, all with the intention of bringing to disrepute, the character and professionalism of the Nigerian military and security agencies.”

    The Defence spokesman remarked that apart from the reference to its series of usually faceless sources, “there is so far no reasonable evidence of the allegations so zealously presented by the New York Times.”

    He added: “The claim that Nigerian refugees are pouring into Niger Republic despite the unambiguous rebuttal by the National Emergency Management Agency and the Borno State government is another pointer to the deliberate misrepresentation of facts by New York Times and its allies in the social media. “NEMA and the state government concerned have already addressed this issue in their separate statements on 28 May, 2013 published in the Daily Trust of 29 May and other media outlets in Nigeria.

    “Indeed, if the foreign media, propelled by whatever ulterior motive, have resolved to whip up resentment against our institutions, it is certainly not incumbent on any of our local media organisations in Nigeria to offer its platform for the orchestration of such mischief.

    “In the light of the foregoing, the Defence Headquarters acting in concert with the Ministry of Defence, wishes to alert Nigerians particularly our local media about this unfortunate tendency and trend in the foreign media. The need for Nigerian media to remain patriotic as they have demonstrated in their coverage of the operation so far is again reiterated.”

    • eyimola says:

      I must commend the fact that the military have upped the ante on the whole comms thing. Its almost as if they have been reading this blog. Next thing we want are daily briefings with imagery

      • beegeagle says:

        That is the way it looks from this end, my commander. DDI now fully switched on for the task as per ‘state of war’

        Let’s sustain this robust and combative style. To our media antagonists, silence means acquiescence. We cannot afford to allow any melancholic tale or wild rumour to gain currency.

    • jimmy says:

      Job well done

  19. ifiok umoeka says:

    Clowning is a fundamental human right and so u can forgive mr Adam. However, I thought NYT is a serious journal and not affiliated with comedy central (though they feature the daily show). Pls can some ask this man if he watched or listened to president Johnathan’s declaration! Because I remember that ‘extraordinary measures’ and ‘take all necessary actions’ were followed closely by ‘within the rules of engagement’.
    Oh, I thought that ‘independent account’ would be followed by ‘we’ve been able to verify’ or ‘we’ve can’t independently verify’? Common times, are you so broke u can’t afford to hire proper journalists? If u have to outsource, can’t u @ least aim for the best?
    The hutu genocide ‘perpetuators’ fled to congo too just as pol pot’s boys fled to thailand, maybe the RDF were shooting them for walking erect!
    I thought it was the US army who shot at people for wearing gowns and that video of the apache pilot using 20mm on unarmed civilians and commenting cooly as if playing video game readily comes to mind.
    Take young men away to where? @ least I know where the USArmy take theirs to, Guantanamo and abu grab.
    I only wish that the NAF had drones, maybe Abou Boukar would be closer to sudan by now. Nonsense

    • igbi says:

      Yes, you have managed to expose one of their propaganda methods. You see their aim is to create a seperation between the Nigerian military and the Nigerian civilian population. They are hoping they could create a bloody civil war. But we Nigerians will not let that happen.

  20. Max Montero says:

    Nice BTR-3 you got there, Beeg!! Hopefully Nigeria can get more, it is one heck of an IFV, and would be nice to replace the army’s ageing assets.

    max (

  21. Tope says:

    On a side topic the Port Harcourt Barracks has recieved a fresh paint job as well as Nigerian Navy Officers quarters in PH also. Nice Job COAS CNS and CAS keep doing a great job guys…..Welfare is paramount to Winning any War.

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    I’m in for freedom of speech but when a journalist forget his paramount assignment of telling the truth and settles for intentional and misleading tales, then it’s pathetic! What ever happened to investigative journalism? I remember the one eye lady (forgotten her name) who got killed in syria b/c she wanted to know and tell the truth. I miss her eye pouch. She was some tigeress. against all odds, these guys told their story to the world. Compare with some spineless clowns typing away on their tablets sipping lemonade without even making an effort to corroborate what you are alleging. He who alleges must prove is a basic principle in law but this guy’s( and his friends) thoughts are that you are guilty until proven innocent. Mr Adam, u remind me of those blasphemy law proponents in pakistan, little wonder Abou is your friend. Next time pls give him a camera phone (even Ndege had enough creativity to bring fake vids) so he can take pics and vids.
    Till then, get lost

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