Below are some of the construction materiel used in the production of armoured vehicles – armoured panels, bulletproof glass and run-flat tyre insert.
Early in the month of July 2013, I received an emailed message from the Business Development Unit of PROFORCE DEFENCE informing one of a management decision to have us visit their production facility. This, according to them, would afford us the opportunity of having a first-hand feel of how far Proforce Defence have come in their patriotic foray into the strategic sector that is defence and security equipment production.
This, for us at Beegeagle’s Blog, was a heartwarming development. For one, both entities, as far as Nigeria goes, swim in uncharted waters. PROFORCE in defence and security production and the us in defence and security communication and analysis.
Being two of a unique, homegrown kind, I was always personally convinced about the need to draw maximum attention to the stellar work being undertaken by PROFORCE DEFENCE, a wholly Nigerian-owned venture which in conjunction with contracted foreign armoring professionals, has created a promising range of armoured patrol and combat vehicles right here in Nigeria.
Therefore and ever before they invited me to see what they do, one had on the strength of personal conviction, featured PROFORCE DEFENCE’s activities three times on this blog ever since I became aware of the existence of the firm.
Pertaining to the invitation extended to us by PROFORCE DEFENCE, I was particularly thrilled because of the adventure which it was sure to be and also due to the fact that it is in line with the direction in which we want to move. The Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service had set the pace when they invited us to see what they do and how they do it, way back in July 2012.
Moving on, to PROFORCE DEFENCE, an institution abundantly deserving of monumental support and patronage by the governments and people of Nigeria, we went on Friday 12th July 2013 and all week, we shall be featuring the very impressive grounds which they have covered in so short a period time, haven only commenced operations in 2008.
From the exertion of their indefatigable Nigerian CEO, Mr Ade Ogundeyin and his hardworking and undaunted Strategic Research and Development Unit to the Indian contingent of management and financial gurus and the Filipino armoring specialists cum trainers, this week is dedicated to the deserving PROFORCE DEFENCE Limited, who epitomise the entrepreneural and can-do spirit of Nigeria and are emblematic of the innovations and interventions which are in tune with the counterinsurgency challenges of these times.
Indeed, homegrown defence production shall not only empower Nigerians with skill sets and job opportunities but also enhance the prestige of Nigerian defence and security forces on account of fielding locally manufactured hardware in combat operations.
Let’s just say that it promises to be a string of eyeopeners about PROFORCE DEFENCE with no less than ten threads full of vivid and WORLD EXCLUSIVE IMAGERY coming your way. You are either here all week or you are square, gentlemen.
Watch this space. It promises to be an exciting week in which many shall be exultant on account of feelings of national pride. Thanks to the ground-breaking efforts of PROFORCE DEFENCE NIGERIA LIMITED.
That said, those who believe in what we do on Beegeagle’s Blog need to step up to the plate and create opportunities for exploratory trips such as the Nigerian Navy and Proforce Defence have done. More than once before, we have in a moment of exasperation considered putting a stop to the operations of this blog because of this issue of a lack of meaningful support.
Surely, it takes time, money and monumental effort to offer the content which we put out here but sadly and even with so many who are well positioned to give a massive fillip to our operations, too many are simply returning everyday to read without thinking for a minute how they can support the operations, growth or help to sustain the massive energy levels required to keep this viable and useful national platform RUNNING OPTIMALLY.
This dream shall one day die unless more institutions quit hedging, step up to the plate and give us the opportunity to see for ourselves, write reports and feel some excitement. That is what we deserve and that is what validation consists of.
All Beegeagle’s Bloggers and readers have to be a part of the process which leads to the outcomes which we seek since we cannot sustain the blog by making it a free-for-all, admitting everyone regardless of persuasion and agenda, just so that we generate even greater site traffic. We would end with many readers who would click on adverts but we would also see all sorts invading this space and that would be the end of any semblance of order and sanity in this corner of cyberspace. So institutional support has to be it and we say this again.
Those who believe in what we do here FINALLY need to get their institutions to get on board and give us the exploratory opportunities such as the Nigerian Navy and Proforce Defence have. We need to get to Mali and to Borno but we cannot just up and leave since we would only get so far without institutional backing.
All that we have only ever sought is to offer the most accurate representation of the Nigerian reality to the world from this corner, in the face of a cascade of negative and unidirectional reportage by cynical local and foreign commentators.