A quad-barreled ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self Propelled Anti Aircraft Gun – ‘hero’ of the ECOMOG campaigns 1990-2000. Excellent infantry support weapon when fired in flat trajectory, say ECOMOG veterans.

Panhard Sagaie AFV painted for the first time in desert camouflage scheme – destined for Mali or northern Borno?

Panhard AML 60 armoured car – probably the first photo of any unit seen since the late 1980s


Steyr 4K-7FA tracked APCs



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  1. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, nice job by NA Engineers.

    These were the same photos of the Igirigi APC, MOWAG APC, Steyr APC, Panhard AFVs and Shilka which were shown in the slides during the mid-term report presented by the Minister of Defence(State)last week which I posted about. You might recall that we spoke about a refurbishment exercise by NAEME and rare photos. The Panhard AML 60 has not been pictured since 1990 for sure. General Ihejirika continues to do big things.


    It depends on the designation of the units. If any would be air defence or SP artillery regiments, most probably. If it is a field artillery formation, unlikely.

    Well, I saw snippets of the Mid-Term Report by the Ministry of Defence about hour and a half ago. Some photos from this blog were visible in the slides. Still, these are some highlights

    – DICON and private partners working towards building an APC plant.

    – NAF have launched a Centre for Innovative and Adaptive Technology at the Air Force Institute of Technology

    – Agusta A109 LUHs now militarised in the real sense of the word

    – a photo of the second Made-in-Nigeria 31 metre patrol ship was shown. Work on the hull has exceeded 60%

    – NAEME have refurbished a large number of Steyr and MOWAG APCs(rare photos shown)

    – Nigerian Army have acquired some unnamed new APCs which have been supplied to UNAMID and UNMIL troops in Sudan and Liberia

    – Nigerian troops currently involved in nine foreign operations globally, not least in Guinea Bissau, Mali, CIV, Sudan etc.

    – NA have set up an Electronic Target Acquisition System at the Jaji range

    – NAF Air Weapons School at Kainji has now been optimised for night-time operations

    – simulators for the Air Beetle trainer aircraft have been installed.

    – NA Engineers constructing another new barracks at Gwagwalada, Abuja.

  2. tim says:

    The zsu radar is not deployed!!

  3. freeegulf says:

    for obvious reason. do you want them to start diverting local flights? anytime some of these radars re deployed around airports, its sheer chaos for air traffic control.
    the radars for the SHILKAs might not even be updated, this is because, their primary job of air defence might have been relegated since the fed govt always feel ‘secure’

  4. tim says:

    They waiting for cameroon to come and attack calabar first? This government will just be allowing us to be fighting wars,that could have been prevented intially.

  5. freeegulf says:

    i fear for the naval eastern command. with cameroun controlling bakassi peninsula, calabar port is indefensible. if there is a conflict breakout, the port is as good as useless to the defence of our eastern seaboard. hope the chief of policy and plan has a carefully laid plan to defend calabar port. our pullout from the peninsula has made the port extremely vulnerable.

    for a nation to voluntarily ‘dash out’ territory is shocking. even to the point of evacuating the true natives while leaving the land itself to a sovereign nation, remains baffling. sometimes i wish we could line up our leaders and have them shot!

    • tim says:

      We need to re-take bakassi!!!!

    • Obix says:

      Oga freegulf, the fate of the calabar port is in our own hands. During conflict, the port is not as good as useless to the defence of our eastern seaboard if it is armed appropriately. It should be armed as a base in a volatile region or in another country. The Eastern Command should not only be able to defend Calabar port, but as well be in the position to defend it’s AOR. The defence of our Eastern seaboard should involve fortifying the operational bases NNS VICTORY, Calabar, NNS PATHFINDER, at Port Harcourt, NNS JUBILEE, at Ikot Abasi. In support, the NAF Calabar FOB should be upgraded to a full detachment. The NA formations already have an experience in the Bakassi theatre and a NA SF quick reaction force should be somewhere in the viscinity . Together with the SBS commandos, they should be in the position to wash thier booths on the Cameroonian beaches without much hassles. The Cameroonians should be the ones worrying.
      It’s like evaluating the Russian Naval base at Sevastopol, Ukraine. Believe me, even the Ukrainians would think twice before throwing a stone across the base’s fence!
      Everything depends on the way our planners view the “Cameroonian threat” !

  6. xnur44 says:

    Good to see the Panhard Sagaie again, excellent infantry fire support vehicle (our stryker).

  7. Henry says:

    Haha….., great!!!! I am really very happy. Choi

  8. Cryptologist says:

    I think i saw something of such in an N.T.A international news bulletin when the CDS monitoring/assessment team went visiting last week

    • beegeagle says:

      That is right and I am sure you heard Oga Freegulf mention the same thing last week. We have Shilka SPAAGs deployed…an acute burst of lead from four 23mm cannons, simultaneously. BH go hear am.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Nice to see the decent pairing of weapons on the Panhard AML 60 – a 60mm mortar and a M2 .50 calibre HMG. NA own 180 units of the combat-proven, desert warfare-compliant and rugged AML 60/AML 90 armoured cars.

    Perhaps AML 60s shall see action again in the northern parts of Yobe and Borno.Loving all of this.

    Well done, COAS. Well done, NA Engineers family. Very useful to our nation they are.

    READ about our highly effective and professional NA Engineers here



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  11. freeegulf says:

    kudos to the COAS. kudos to NA engineers. maintenance should go hand in hand with sensible acquisition. deploying the panhard in the northeast will be a very reasonable move from a tactical perspective.

  12. Obix says:

    Oga Beag and Cyber Generals, it’s like the NN is gunning for the French Navy Ship Gowind L’Adroit class OPV. l It’s not by coincidence the makers of the ship came along and made a presentation.

    • beegeagle says:

      Nice one, Gen Obix. You see why I was saying the other day that some of the foreign navies are coming over to do ‘some marketing’

      The L’Adroit OPV is within striking range @US$40 million, though it is still being trialled by the French Navy – first customers. The Fassmer OPV-80 is another good one – $39m, 1500+ ton, flight deck and 80 metres.

    • Acting Major Benbella says:

      My ogas,
      Please tell me why would Nigeria want to buy these class of boats? Why would we even consider buying this class of ships? It is not heavily armed – 57mm as opposed to a 76mm gun. Malaysia signed a contract with DCNS for 6 ships at a cost of 2.14 billion Euros or $2.7b. That is almost $450m for one that is not quite a corvette but slightly more armed than some OPVs. I think it makes more sense for Nigeria to buy the Russian steregushcy ( class corvette than the over-priced French gowind OPV. We barely have enough money to buy enough weapons that can satisfactorily create for us a minimum deterrent on potential adversaries. Instead, some of our ogas on top are thinking of spending a fortune to buy the poor armed French OPVS that commands the price of a frigate. I beg make we rest. There is something terribly wrong with Nigeria, the first being the tendency to see every transaction as an opportunity to steal or chop of a piece of the people’s money.

      • Obix says:

        @Acting Major Benbella, you and i know that you can arm 10 of such ships differently depending on the role each one has to play (it can even be armed with a 76mm gun like you would have prefered). We just shouldn’t look only at the specs of the the particular ship that came around. Moreover i’m sure the builders must have informed our top brass about that. Here’s a link to support my argument You can see that it’s a versatile ship and don’t forget the main goal of the NN, i quote “The package include us buying one directly from them with a technical support team from Nigeria that will understudy the construction while the second one will be built in Nigeria, in the process transferring technology and re-equipping the Nigerian naval dockyard.
        Concerning purchasing ships from Russia, i think that is one thing our Navy are not looking at for reasons best known to them. Before, Russian ships were made to only be fitted with russian guns and missiles. But now the buyer can dictate!

  13. freeegulf says:

    comrade colonel general obix, well done, well said. hopefully, they, the navy, will take all these into perspective when planning and directing ops in our eastern seaboard. maybe we should see the seaport in calabar as a springboard and a jump off point for military operations should we have a reason to deploy.

    NAF maritime strike wing (calabar) needs to come back to full operational status, with strike jets armed with good A2A, and AShM. with good radar coverage, up to date coordinates, the strike wing can be incorporated to the Air Maritime Group, with good airborne reconnaissance and surveillance.

    though i doubt if Cameroon fears us the way the Ukraine and the baltic states dreads Russia. even NATO is having second thought about admitting Georgia to the organisation, in order not to stare up what they know they cannot win.
    in our case, the Cameroonians have a defence pact with France, and without a well equipped NAF, the french might just be tempted to act foolish. only their investment in our oil industry is keeping them in line. however, should we decide on some manouvres, our offshore oil asset can become a target and easily sabotaged. the navy and air force have to modernize their fleet.

  14. beegeagle says:

    By the way, there are some systems which even I have NEVER seen but they exist in the inventory

    – Fox 30mm scout cars (55)
    – Saladin Mk.II(last production model) (16)
    – EE9 90mm Cascavel AFVs (75)
    – Panhard M3 APC (18)
    – EE 11 Urutu APC (5)
    – M46 130mm artillery (11)
    – M81/85 152mm artillery (4)
    – APR 21 122mm MLRS (25)

    Two lovely systems from the ECOMOG era which I badly want to see again are T55 tanks and Panhard AML 90 (120). Perhaps we can get to see more great photos as the year’s run of exercises goes on.

    We won’t cry if we get to see MT-LB tracked APCs, BTR 60 APCs, modernised BTR 70s, BTR-3s, GILA MRAPs, Spartan tracked APCs, Type 90 35mm AA guns, 23mm AA guns, 14.5mm AA guns, Vulcan 20mm AA guns, BM-21 122mm MLRS and M40 106RRs on Landcruiser gun-trucks as well.

    Finally, these photos are precisely the sort which must emanate from the July 6th Army Day P’rade..full view and descriptive. We shall all appreciate. All men respond to visual stimuli.

  15. freeegulf says:

    yes we need OPVs, and other coastal patrol boats. but when re we going to procure more challenging assets? what happened to frigates, corvettes, and LPDs? even the OPVs, they are not buying them in appreciable numbers. our slow acquisition process have bad security implications for the country

    • beegeagle says:

      Simple plot already itemised as it has worked previously

      – FG spend $100m from any of their ‘slush funds’ to acquire and refurb both decommissioned Type 122 frigates from Germany

      – Allow China EXIM Bank to co-finance the acquisition of three new Type 056 corvettes, three Z-9EC ASW helics – with a used Type 53H2 frigate thrown in for free – total $270m

      – Ask NNPC to acquire eight Fremantle long-range OPCs and refurbish six at the NN Dockyard, Nigerdock and West Atlantic Shipyards. I expect that each ship can be acquired for $2.5m and refurbished at a cost of $2m. That will set us back by $35 million.

  16. freeegulf says:

    the fox, salahadin, and M3 panhard should all be museum relics by now. why they did not get MRLS aplenty is still baffling. our rocket arsenal is not as impressive as it ought to be.

    • beegeagle says:

      Well, the Panhard M3 is supposed to be a contemporary of the Panhard AML and the Fox scout car is the successor to the Ferret scout car which can be seen on these pages deployed somewhere. Same way the Scorpion tanks succeeded the Saladin.

      But guess what? We own Saladins which were produced in the early 80s – the last production run and that was when the earliest 76mm gun-armed Scorpion tanks entered NA service

      You need to see the Saladin in Indonesian colours. You will love them.

      View Indonesian Saladin AFVs here

  17. beegeagle says:

    Meanwhile, Oga Freeegulf, if I tell you where and how I first saw a Panhard Sagaie, you would be surprised.

    That was in July 1990. I was inside a taxi with an elder cousin who had asked me to accompany her to see a friend. When we got to the stretch of road in Victoria Island where the Officers Mess was situated (not Command Mess near Bonny Camp o), we were asked to dismount and walk by soldiers who seemed to be guarding the mess for some very serious business.

    Well, Major Orkar and co were on trial for high treason inside! So the taxi man made a beeline and asked us to meet him on the next street. About 50 metres from where we dismounted, there was a huge Panhard Sagaie with a very long barrel parked beside the road with the crew in it. The 90mm gun was indeed very long.

    Over fifteen years later, I understood that the Sagaie AFV’s very long main gun is that way because it is a “tank destroyer”. It makes for greater range and penetrative punch.

  18. freeegulf says:

    yeah, for such a small vehicle, the gun cannon is more like an SPH cannon than an AFV lol.
    was not aware that some of the saladins where 80s production. its nice that NAEME re making them battle worthy once more.

    hmmm my marshal, hope u did not interrupt the trial proceedings. coup aftermath is such a scary thing. always a high price to pay, win or lose. it is beautiful that we have democracy, the stability factor itself makes it more endearing than military rule and junta politics.

  19. tim says:

    The shilka, needs to be upgraded, or else for it anti air role,it is obsolate!!!!

  20. freeegulf says:

    most AAA re inadequate and obsolete anyway. with the exception of TUNGUSKA with a good radar, and the oerlikon cannon with the austrain/italian radars. moreover, the only threats these AAA can deal with are low flying aircraft. anything higher will be at the realms of advance SAMs.

    with an efficient radar system, the SHILKA can still carry out it s primary role of protecting armoured columns. but they need to increase the numbers in stock. our attitude towards armament quantity is terrible abysmal.

    • tim says:

      I don’t think so,since it is the same priciple of the gun based ciws……. Just get a good fire control,and the shilka will shoot down missiles,and inprove the ammo.

  21. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, I hope we are not confusing the overpriced Gowind corvette with the right-priced OPV which the French Navy are evaluating as we speak(that was what sailed to Nigeria) and which DCNS hope to market to Africa as a right-priced option, co-produced by a South African shipyard.

    • eyimola says:

      Only one Gowind has been built. And that’s the L’Adroit (same ship that visited Nigeria) which is designated as an OPV or corvette (depends on which literature you read). Its also the platform which will be co manufactured in South Africa (obviously with the intention of flogging them to the regional market).
      Personally, I don’t think Nigeria has any business buying ANY European Kit.

      • beegeagle says:

        That is precisely what I said – the Gowind L’Adroit OPV taken on by the French Navy to evaluate it. Malaysia almost certainly went for the overpriced Gowind corvette

    • Acting Major Benbella says:

      Actually, I confused both thinking that the OPV was the same as the corvettes that Malaysia paid a king’s ransom for. But the. again, the price they paid may have included technology transfer. The French are good at keeping promises made on defense deals.

      That said and as marvelous a boat the OPV class appears to be ( head nod to Obix for the link to NT and the excellent read), I’m not quite sure how it fits our present need. We really need big boats of at least 1800 tons.

  22. eyimola says:

    You might very well be right. But obviously we don’t know what comes in the Malaysian Package.
    There is a lot of confusion with this class of vessel.

    found this interesting article which appears to shed some light on the Class of Ships in general and Malaysia’s purchase in particular. I’ve done a bit of editing to make it more readable and relevant. But you can find the original article here:

    The Gowind Family & Malaysia’s Choices

    The Gowind family external link isn’t a single design. It’s a family of ships with some common systems and design elements, designed to scale from inshore patrol needs to heavy corvette/ light frigate designs. DCNS has been exploring partnerships with lower-cost foreign shipyards as part of its overall export strategy, and had been negotiating with Bulgaria along those lines. Memoranda now give it footholds in South Africa external link as well as Malaysia.

    All Gowind ships are shaped for stealth. The single central mast replaces several sensor masts in other ships, and provides both improved radar cross-section signature, and a 360-degree view for radars and other sensors. The ship’s propulsion system is based on Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD), but has no gas exhaust chimney to emit infrared plumes, channelling exhaust into the water-jets instead. Those water jets also create better manoeuvrability in shallow waters, and contribute to high-speed performance.

    Gowind Control/120 Designs like FS L’Adroit external link, on loan to France for 3 years as a promotional exercise, are 1,100t OPVs, with minimal armament. L’Adroit carries only a light autocannon and non-lethal weapons, for instance. Gowind Presence inshore patrol vessels are even smaller.

    On the other hand, Bulgaria’s interest in Gowind ships involved fully-armed 2,250t Gowind Combat/200 corvettes, carrying 57mm guns, vertical-launch cells, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, and a helicopter up to the 10-ton class.

    Malaysia’s Gowinds

    Subsequent reports from Navy Recognition indicated that Malaysia is interested in the Gowind Combat corvettes. Provisional specifications appear to make them the size of small frigates, only slightly smaller than the USA’s Littoral Combat Ship:

    Length: 111 meters (up from 107)
    Breadth: 16 meters
    Full load displacement: about 3,000 tonnes (up from 2,730)
    Max speed: 28 knots
    Crew: 106
    Range: 5,000 nm
    Endurance: 21 days

    The ship models shown at a recent defense exhibition show a full helicopter hangar, and Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation has said that it will be capable of embarking helicopters up to the size the RMAF’s 12 ordered EC725 Caracal search and rescue/ special forces helicopters. Malaysia’s Navy could also choose to embark any of its 6 AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 naval helicopters, or 6 Eurocopter AS 350 Fennec light utility helicopters.

    Key Sensors

    ◾ DCNS’ preference for its SETIS combat system won the day, over the Malaysian Navy’s reported preference for Thales’ Tacticos.

    ◾ Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D multibeam radar

    ◾ Rheinmetall’s TMEO Mk2 – TMX/EO Radar/ Electro-optical tracking and fire control system

    ◾ Thales Captas family for hull sonar

    ◾ ASW suite with towed array sonar

    Weapons Array

    Pictures from DSA 2012 Defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur appear to show 12 vertical launch cells, mounted behind the main gun. These will be DCNS’ Sylver family. Sylver A35 cells are the most likely choice, given the ship’s size and expected weapon fit:

    ◾ BAE’s 57mm Mk.3 naval gun will be provided in a stealth cupola, courtesy of the BHIC Bofors Asia Sdn Bhd joint venture. Confirmed in 2013.

    ◾ MBDA VL-MICA air defense missiles and their ACL containers in the Sylver cells

    ◾ 8 of MBDA’s MM40 Exocet Block III anti-ship missiles mounted topside

    ◾ 2 of MSI’s remotely operated 30mm guns on top of the helicopter hanger

  23. peccavi says:

    Kai, I no go lie, that Shilka go sweet as Fire support, who wan try you?

  24. CHYDE says:

    N A day live on NTA

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