PANHARD VBL M11 “NUMBER 200”; DO NIGERIA REALLY OWN 72 PANHARD VBLs STILL OR ARE THE GLOBAL EQUIPMENT LOGS SLOW ON THE DRAW?

A Panhard VBL M11 of the Special Task Force - OP SAFE HAVEN(Jos Plateau) at the Terminus area of Jos

A Panhard VBL M11 of the Special Task Force – OP SAFE HAVEN(Jos Plateau) at the Terminus area of Jos

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57 Responses to PANHARD VBL M11 “NUMBER 200”; DO NIGERIA REALLY OWN 72 PANHARD VBLs STILL OR ARE THE GLOBAL EQUIPMENT LOGS SLOW ON THE DRAW?

  1. camouflage1984 says:

    Thank you joor!

    • beegeagle says:

      If the NDA own these

      and the Armoured Corps Centre own these

      An array of Panhard VBL M11 scout cars at the Armoured Corps Centre, 14-5-2012

      An array of Panhard VBL M11 scout cars at the Armoured Corps Centre, 14-5-2012

      The numbers in Greater Borno alone almost certainly exceed 50. And with that, 72 units are GONE. So how come they have them on the Jos Plateau, in Kaduna, Kano, the Niger Delta..not to mention each and every infantry and armoured battalion across the federation – a MINIMUM of fifteen recce, armoured, light tank and tank battalions? The Panhard VBL is a recce vehicle, mind you, and we have five recce battalions .

      BORNO

      ABUJA

      An Otokar Cobra APC leads Panhard VBL scout cars of the Nigerian Army

      An Otokar Cobra APC leads Panhard VBL scout cars of the Nigerian Army

      A Nigerian Army Panhard VBL M11 scout car seen here stationed under a tree during a military patrol in Hausari village, near Maiduguri June 5, 2013.

      SE Nigeria

      A Panhard VBL M11, pictured on a hillside deep inside Southeast Nigeria

      A Panhard VBL M11, pictured on a hillside deep inside Southeast Nigeria

      Bama

      A Panhard VBL M11 scout car of the Nigerian Army on patrol at Bama

      Damaturu

      Er..perhaps they move them around the country everyday🙂 BTW, 8 units were seen on p’rade in Abuja today – Guards Brigade assets.

  2. Henry says:

    Oga camo, you were the person trying to educate that stubborn south african in the african militaries thread.

    Those people are so ignorant, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, they still stick to their archaic, flawed position/ beliefs.

    “You can only force a donkey to a stream, you can’t force it to drink from the stream”

  3. camouflage1984 says:

    Oga henry me i tire i comeleave the guy oh…imagine he said he has sources within the Nigerian Army…..i no fit laugh

  4. Henry says:

    Na so all of dem dey do. Dere own na my way or the high way. Yeah, reading that part made me burst in an overwhelming force of laughter. Dude was presented with multiple links of evidence by you, he shove them aside, and wants you to accept his claim with no verifiable source. Oh, his imaginary friend in the army told him so. Lol

  5. doziex says:

    Hehehe…… He is essentially saying, ” My mind is already made up, don’t confuse me with facts”

    • Donian007 says:

      And some awodwagyan…..watever came pouring encromiums at his comrades’ ignorance, only to join the blabbing dancing and swimming in same ignorance. SMH.

  6. Tope says:

    Oga Camouflage na Spirit da guy dey talk to o🙂.

    Why this Underreporting of our Military Equipments? Its an opportunity to get weapons without their knowledge but it also presents a wrong state of our military

  7. camouflage1984 says:

    Guys tune in to NTA now! documentary on the NA rolling

  8. beegeagle says:

    Summarise here abeg. Force majeure.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      Oga beeg the documentary was 25mins or there about much to my chargrin but the two high points of the documentary was the Shilka live fire demostration and the test drive of the Igirigi. I hope we getting to see a better showing tomorrow!

  9. beegeagle says:

    😦 Not action packed then

  10. wocon45 says:

    any links to NTA’s website.

  11. CHYDE says:

    On my way to work this morning I couldn’t help but notice para troopers doing their thing. It was a nice sight to behold.

  12. Henry says:

    ****BREAKING NEWS*****

    NADCEL 2013 is tomorrow in ABUJA. Holding at the eagle square, and it’s open to the general public.

    Any blogger who resides in Abuja, should please attend the event so we can have exclusive photos.

    It would be beamed live on NTA and AIT.

  13. beegeagle says:

    Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL 2013) SHOWING LIVE on NTA NETWORK

    – Acrobatic displays underway.

    – visible in the background is a Landcruiser gun-truck obviously part of the security operations.

  14. Henry says:

    10 paratroopers dropped in. The president is all smiles. Canine demonstration ongoing.

  15. beegeagle says:

    Nigerian Army paratroopers are jumping now. The C-in-C watching through binoculars. The Airborne Wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry was set up with the help of Major Bradford of the US Army in 1986.

    One of the jumpers is a 41 year old Lt Colonel who is the Chief Instructor of the Airborne Wing at NASI. Of the jumpers, the youngest has performed 259 halo jumps and 45 combat jumps.

  16. Henry says:

    Igirigi scout car, was built with assistance from coscharis motors.

  17. Henry says:

    Naija made “igirigi” about coming out. Equipment display.

  18. Henry says:

    The IGIRIGI is beautiful in desert camo.

  19. Henry says:

    ANTI-BOMB SQUAD personnel, in BOMB kit

  20. Henry says:

    Mobile kitchen on display

  21. beegeagle says:

    Nigerian Army paratroopers just concluded jumping with the C-in-C watching through binoculars. The Airborne Wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry was set up with the help of Major Bradford of the US Army in 1986.

    One of the jumpers is a 41 year old Lt Colonel who is the Chief Instructor of the Airborne Wing at NASI. Of the jumpers, the youngest has performed 259 halo jumps and 45 combat jumps.

  22. Henry says:

    Nigerian army surveillance equipment, communications and command and control vehicles currently on display.

  23. beegeagle says:

    MILITARY POLICE K9 units . They have been active in the Northeast on CTCOIN operations.

    Interesting to know that the Commanding Officer of the War Dog Unit is someone who I met in 1995 as a Lieutenant when he was AO Camp at the Provost Battalion at Ojo Cantonment, in the person of Colonel Armstrong Bitiyong – worthy first son of the brilliant Lt Colonel Musa Bitiyong who was killed in March 1986.

    Armstrong’s farher, Musa Bitiyong alongside the late Brigadier Ibrahim Ahmadu Bako, led the operations which scouted the forests of Zimbabwe to convince ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas to come out and be sent to Nigeria for training, preparatory to integration into the new Zimbabwe National Army

    Moving, there are three War Dog platoons active in the Northeast with a total of 20 dogs in operation. Explosive detection, narcotic detection, cadavar detection, search and rescue, checkpoint control and patrolling.

    • freeegulf says:

      late Lt Col Bitiyong son is now a Col? wow
      military coup and distrust robbed the NA of immensely brilliant officers.

  24. Henry says:

    Nigerian army infantry march pass

  25. beegeagle says:

    Army Engineers passed with fab-kitted combat engineers and engineering vehicles.

  26. Obix says:

    Awesome! Who were those “monsters” in all-black and with floaters around their bodies?

  27. beegeagle says:

    Signals followed with an assortment of communications hardware configured on Mercedes Benz and Landcruiser trucks. The Stallion Surveillance Vehicle configured on a Pinzgauer ATV chassis by 51 Div Signals also displayed.

    Heartwarming is the strong showing put in by the Landcruiser – the Army’s new and very appropriate bride and a move away from thousands of Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi and Ford Ranger 4WD trucks. Toyota Landcruiser trucks and jeeps exclusively deployed today

  28. beegeagle says:

    Before them and leading the EQUIPMENT DISPLAY of the Armoured Corps was the Made-in-Nigeria Igirigi APC.

    An array of eight VBL scout cars passed, followed by five units of Panhard AML 60s and a first-ever sighting of a Panhard M3 APC – this one configured as an ambulance passed.

    Five Scorpion light tanks, three Spartan APCs and seven Otokar Cobra painted in desert camo followed in that order. Next came the Panhard Sagaie introduced 1988 – seven units swept past. Imposing.

  29. beegeagle says:

    The Ordnance Corps followed the Signals Corps with a Made-in-Nigeria field kitchen and a Made-in-Nigeria airconditioned desert tent. Cheery.

    More shock effect. Three ZSU-Shilka SPAAG passed by followed by four Landcruiser C3 command post vehicles

    Next came a Mercedes Benz MB 2628 prime mover with a Bofors FH77B 155mm artillery piece in tow. They were closely followed by Palmaria self-propelled 155mm artillery – weighing 43 tons and protected against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

  30. beegeagle says:

    Combat March by the various corps of the Nigerian Army concluded

  31. johnbest1 says:

    My oga’s is there going to be a live fire exercise 2day???

  32. Obix says:

    My ogas, the display was impressive. But at first i thought there wasn’t much on display, but later i realised the NA was not out today to show the maximum equipment in their armoury. They were out to show achievments made in the past year. On display were only NA innovative achievments and equipment refurbished by the NAEME. Kudos NA!

  33. beegeagle says:

    Not really, Cryptologist.

    The contingents filed in one corps behind the other. NA Engineers were led in unquestionably by two combat engineers with their ‘suits’ and detection/handling equipment.

    As you can see from his comments, Oga Henry saw them as well. We know combat engineer gear by sight.

  34. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, Armstrong was clearly still a teenager when he lost his brilliant dad. When I met the guy way back in 1995 at the Provost Unit of the Ojo Cantonment, I was an undergraduate while he was a young officer. It turned out that we had a few mutual acquaintances in the military. He was easygoing and personable – you can see that I still refer him as “Armstrong” as was the case back then.

    I recall, eventhough we have not met again for more than fifteen years now, that I always wondered why he appeared to hold no grievance against anyone despite the early hard knocks and concluded that he was probably a professional who had been reshaped during training. Regardless, I could imagine the immense social and emotional pressure under which he must have undergone training. Here was a boy who was forced to become a man prematurely on account of life’s circumstances.

    Indeed, it happened that he actually lost a year at the NDA, where he spent six years instead of five years and had been enrolled as a cadet of the 39th Regular Course in 1987. But he passed out a year later than his mates, with the 40th RC, in 1993.

    So Colonel Armstrong commenced his career as a cadet in 1987 and was commissioned in 1993. He has to be one of the newly promoted red-neck Colonels – possibly spent only a few months on the rank. Like you noted, Generalissimo, if dead men see, his late father would undoubtedly be very proud of how far his son has come – against all odds.

    Remember that I was similarly pleased when Brig General GA Wahab ultimately got elevated to the rank of Major General a few years ago. That is another senior officer who has seen the extremes of the profession.

    Always a highly-rated and respected officer by those who he trained, Wahab is one of those model officers who I have always heard subordinate officers speak highly of during the course of these past twenty years – Generals Monguno, Buzugbe, Minimah and Onwuamaegbu too.

    Well, what about General Garba Wahab, some might wonder? Here is the story:

    QUOTE

    On November 13, 2011 BEEG EAGLE WROTE:

    ” The most pleasantly surprising of these promotions for me has to be that of Major General GA Wahab.

    Way back in the evening of 22 April 1990 and following swiftly on the heels of the quashing of that day’s abortive coup which was announced by Major Gideon Orkar(late), a certain newscaster Zakari Mohammed (late) of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria announced a list of officers declared wanted for alleged complicity in the botched coup attempt. Among them was a certain Captain GA Wahab.

    In the event, the man escaped death by the whiskers in the bloodlust which normally goes with such misadventures. He was acquited and resumed his army career very quietly. Said to be a highly cerebral officer and excellent trainer of men, that man has against life and death odds attained the lofty rank of Major General.

    For some of us who have kept tabs on the Nigerian military for well over twenty years, it is a thoroughly pleasant development and a very good
    advertisement of the just face of the Nigerian Army. Congrats to General Wahab and all the generals so elevated to the one-star and two-star perch. Keep shooting.”

    END OF QUOTE

    True to the rave reviews by subordinates, General Garba Wahab received an award by the Chief of Army Staff for OPERATIONAL COMPETENCE, yesterday. He is the GOC, 1 Mechanised Division.

  35. beegeagle says:

    Perhaps we are talking about different folks then. I did not see frogmen wearing flotation kit.

    For the equipment display, they filed past according to their respective corps’ – infantry and armour first with the Igigiri and Panhard types etc. Next came the Engineers and those were led in by two chaps with combat engineer/demining gear. Then came the signallers, ordnance and artillery in that order.

    There is scarcely any reason why amphibious forces divers would appear with the engineers. That is why I can tell that we are talking about different sets of people. Indeed, only the combat engineers paraded on foot during the equipment display.

    For the combat march, it was also a corps-by-corps thing and that would have been the only time when frogmen could have fathomably featured – infantry, armour, artillery, engineers, signals, ordnance, NAEME, medical..everyone filed past. Ditto peacekeepers in green camo and desert camo respectively.

    Look at the first three chaps in the NPF photo below. This was almost how the chaps I saw were dressed. They are Police BDU chaps. In the Army, they would only be combat engineers.

    Pay attention to the guys in the ‘suits’ and the third chap with hardware on his back. The guys who dressed up like this are the ones I was referring to. They were not wearing black clothes either.

    These cops pictured above are kitted in a way which most closely replicates what I saw and was referring to as per yesterday’s Army Day P’rade.

  36. Henry says:

    The bomb kits worn by the army bomb disposal unit looks exactly like the ones used by the americans and brits in afghanistan.

    Come to think of it, no photos anywhere of the igirigi shown yesterday.

    • jimmy says:

      OGA HENRY you are exactly correct this is the exact replica of the bomb disposal unit used currently by the u.s. in both Iraq and Afghanistan..Recently a movie was actually made about a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan this is exactly what they where wearing.

  37. beegeagle says:

    I am not saying that this was exactly what they wore. Just saying that it was a protective suit like this and certainly, one of them had exactly the same device as what the chaps in plain police uniforms are carrying on their backs.

    Surely, they led in the engineering vehicles. That makes them engineers personnel. There was a decipherable pattern such that Panhards did not parade with signallers, neither did howitzers parade with ordnance personnel.

    What the cops have on their backs is what this JSTF combat engineer has opened up in front of him like a suitcase as he does his job

    A JSTF Combat Engineer defuses IEDs elsewhere in Kano, as counterinsurgency troops observe his work

    A JSTF Combat Engineer defuses IEDs elsewhere in Kano, as counterinsurgency troops observe his work

    That is why I am sure that Cryptologist and Obix are talking about some soldiers who filed past during the combat march. Troops did not march during the Equipment Display. Everyone, bar the two combat engineers who were not dressed in black for sure, sat in their vehicles or worked from atop moving trailers as operational assets drove or were driven past.

    Certainly, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment is a formation under the Corps of Engineers. That is the mother unit of combat engineers and that was why those two chaps led in the NA Engineers – their corps.

    Amphibious Forces frogmen could only have paraded with the Infantry Corps during the COMBAT MARCH. On the turf, no infantryman set foot on the turf during the EQUIPMENT DISPLAY.

  38. Obix says:

    Oga Beag, we aren’t talking about the 2 chaps from the army bomb disposal unit. You can see the fellows in the video posted earlier by (@lordfej) http://news.naij.com/39359.html watch from 1:35 to 1:42 minutes ! I referred to them as “monsters all in black”

  39. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, I guessed as much. Surely, NA Amphibious and Special Forces in the Niger Delta have their frogmen.

    Black drapes and I knew we were talking about different folks. Thanks.

  40. freeegulf says:

    So true marshal beegs. military regimes are quite turbulent and the bloodlust following the aftermath of a failed coup is always on a different tempo. so many good men get caught up in the whole messy affair. its either they lose their lives, freedom, or career. very few scrap by unscathed.

    officers like Col Bitiyong where distinguished professionals. whether in tactics or operational readiness, he was one brilliant officer that believed in quality training to keep the army in good shape. RIP COLONEL MUSA BITIYONG. the days of coups are behind us now, thank goodness. may his son enjoy his chosen field and climb to the pinnacle that NA can provide to any meritorious officer.

    concerning distinguished top brass. you are on mark! minimah, jack nwaogbo, onwuameagbu, these guys are officers that represent the forward thinking ways the new NA is emerging into. Hopefully, our bad belle naija politics would not poke into army affairs, and Lt Gen Ihejirika will remain COAS for as long as merit permits. maybe CDS later, but for now, his doing an awesome job. he will go down as one of the best that ever led the army, both in peacetime and in war!

    • jimmy says:

      Oga FREEGULF
      I used to believe that back in the day anyone who was a senior officer if arrested was guilty. THIS IS TRULY CHILLING till it touches someone who is either related you or is a close friend of the family i.e they grew up with your Mom or DAD.This officer grew up with my mum he will remain nameless. He was caught up in this coup 1990 because Idiagbon served as his mentor that is as far as i would go he was sentenced and in the death cell. at the last minute SANITY PREVAILED and he was released. Today he is alive and well out of the military leading a very productive life again that is as far as i will go and no he is not the deposed emir of GWUDU someone else. LET US JUST SAY Nigeria is truly blessed to be rid of MILITARY RULE AND NOW WE HAVE COMPETENCE AND MERIT RULING THE DAY

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