MADE-IN-NIGERIA ARMOURED PATROL AND COMBAT VEHICLES : PROFORCE DEFENCE (NIG) LIMITED DEVELOPING NIGERIAN HUMAN CAPITAL THROUGH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER INITIATIVES

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
(live reports from the factory floor of PROFORCE DEFENCE)

Operating out of a state of the art armouring facility sited at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, Proforce Defence are setting a new pace in the assembly of various armoured and protective products in Nigeria.

Nigerian and Filipino technicians and engineers work together on the factory floor at PROFORCE DEFENCE creating qualitative outcomes and facilitating the development of skill sets necessary for job creation and the long-term sustainability of the venture

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To lend credence to its organizational goal of creating a competent workforce of Nigerians, two of the armored vehicle fabrication projects now ongoing at PROFORCE amount to a competitive test of skills between two work teams – one wholly manned by Nigerians (who are producing the vehicle pictured above on the left side) while the other vehicle pictured to the right of your screen is being constructed by a wholly Filipino work team.

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According to the General Manager of PROFORCE DEFENCE LTD, Mr JHA Gopalji, the company’s target is to see that within the next twelve months, the process of skills impartation on Nigerian personnel is completed.

Gopalji opined that with the repitition of the gamut of production processes entailed in the construction of armoured vehicles, expertise shall be attained as the Nigerian technicians and engineers apply themselves to the tasks again and again.

In the words of the vibrant General Manager, PROFORCE’s production plant boasts a capacity to produce 40 armoured vehicles per month while production typically entails a five-stage process, namely

– Receiving-in-Inspection
– Vehicle Stripping
– Vehicle Armouring
– Vehicle refits
– Armoured Vehicle Inspection

After the armouring process has been completed, the vehicle is inspected again to test the functionality of the components, materials and electronics.

Using cutting-edge technology,
the engine components of the vehicles are fortified with ballistic protection of the battery, fuel tank to make these sensitive components inaccessible for
projectile and fragment penetration.

Armouring also involves the installation of hardened ballistic Steel, Kevlar blankets, Dyneema, Spectra, Shield and run-flat tires .

After the armouring process has been completed, a technical review process is carried out by Proforce quality control experts to ensure that the armoured vehicle meets laid down performance standards.

For confirmation of stability, efficiency and general performance characteristics, an armoured vehicle is put through a road test to determine how it is likely to perform in the theatre of operations.

According to Mr Gopalji, after the armoring process has been completed, part of the quality control entails among other deliverables, returning the interior to its original placement, hiding the armour and retaining the integrity of the vehicle. The armored vehicle’s suspension systems are reinforced to accommodate the weight of the armour while run-flat tyre inserts and brake upgrades are also effected.

Mr Abimbola Owojori of the Strategic Research and Development Unit who took this writer on a guided tour around the premises and factory floor had earlier indicated that a good deal of the Nigerian technicians are products of the nearby Gateway Polytechnic who have completed their Ordinary National Diploma curriculum and have attained an advanced stage in the development of correct balance of engineering theory and practice, being conistently imbued with knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary for the long-term viability of Nigeria’s budding armoured vehicle construction industry.

True to one’s hunches, this writer was pleased to learn from Mr Owojori that Proforce Armoured Patrol and Combat Vehicles are fabricated on the driveline of the legendary Toyota Landcruiser, the precise variant which has lately been configured as gun-trucks and deployed operationally in Mali and in NE Nigeria for combat operations.

What this means is that Proforce Armoured Patrol and Combat Vehicles use Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) accessories which bodes well for interoperability with the Landcruiser gun-trucks of the Nigerian Army, and for logistics and maintenance support. It also indicates that the PROFORCE Armoured Patrol and Combat Vehicles are fully desert warfare-compliant, with the full entailment of rugged components and traction. Not to mention operations in more benign climes.

At that point, one really could not help but imagine PROFORCE armoured combat vehicles rolling alongside Landcruiser gun-trucks, Panhard VBL scout cars and Otokar Cobra APCs on combat operations in Northeast Nigeria and in Mali. Not to mention the glorious feeling of seeing PROFORCE armoured patrol and combat vehicles driving past in Liberia and Darfur and global military contingents getting told that those beautiful vehicles were made in Nigeria. I smiled broadly. New vistas beckon.

PROFORCE BUSINESS PROFILE

Company Name: PROFORCE LIMITED

CAC N0: RC 724626

Ownership Structure: 100%-owned Nigerian Company

Nature of Business: Design and Manufacturing of Armoured Mobility Defence Products and Services

Armouring Plant: Ogun State.

Sales & Marketing Office: 11 Porto Novo Street, Off Aminu Kano Way, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Year of incorporation: 2008

Vision Statement: To be the leading Armouring and Defence Products Service Provider in the World.

Mission Statement: To offer our clients first-class products and services with superior craftsmanship, at a competitive price

Business Definition: Delivering Confidence in Personal and Protective Mobility.

Proforce Limited is a total defence solution provider specialising in Armoured Vehicles and Body Armour. Proforce has within a short time developed a vibrant market for security and mobile protective products that cuts across Africa. It is exploiting its deep technical know-how to produce outstanding armoured products for the Military, the Police, Corporate Organisations, Diplomatic Communities, Government Security Agencies and VIPs.

OUR PRODUCTS: Armoured Tactical Vehicles, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for Military and Police, Ballistic Helmets & Vests, Armoured Cash-in-Transit, Armoured Private and Commercial Passengers’ vehicles

OUR SERVICES: After Sales & Repairs of Armoured Vehicles, Lease of Armoured Vehicles, Intelligence Systems and Security, Anti-Terror Security, Homeland Security, Training of Operatives, Command – Control & Communications Systems, Software and Computer Systems for Defence Products, Distributors Licence of All Raw Materials, Spare Parts Dealing (e.g. Run-flat System)

Guided by technical innovation and a State-of-the-art defence automotive assembly plant in Nigeria, Proforce Limited is a global player in tactical, military and personal defence products.

PROFORCE LIMITED offers the set skills required to keep private citizens, Government Officials and Law Enforcement Agents safe and prepared against conceivable security threats at any point.

PROFORCE designers and engineers have 65 years cumulative experience in the unique designs and manufacturing of SUVs, tactical military vehicles, and passenger cars currently used in some of the most hostile regions.

PROFORCE LIMITED provides highly secured Cash-in-Transit vehicles for Financial Institutions and cash-movement agencies requiring safe movement of money and goods in urban communities and hostile urban territories particularly in Nigeria.

Armouring Facility:
• With our state-of-the-art armouring facility in Ode-Remo, Ogun State, Proforce Limited is setting a new pace in the production of various armoured and protective vehicles and products in Nigeria.

• Proforce is constantly able to meet local and international needs, without our clients (private and government) having to step out of the shores of Nigeria, while making sure that every sale is backed-up with unique and immediate after sales services and maintenance, saving you executive-business time and foreign exchange.

Corporate Head Office: 54 Balarabe Musa Crescent, Off Samuel Manuwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Contact and Enquiries:

Website:
http://www.proforcedefence.com

e-mail:
info@proforcedefence.com

Telephone:
+234(0)802-954-8800
+234(0)802-954-6111
+234(0)1-2706210

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48 Responses to MADE-IN-NIGERIA ARMOURED PATROL AND COMBAT VEHICLES : PROFORCE DEFENCE (NIG) LIMITED DEVELOPING NIGERIAN HUMAN CAPITAL THROUGH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER INITIATIVES

  1. freeegulf says:

    what a marvel to the eye. our taste for foreign goods should start declining. ministries of defence and police place your orders!! head of police reforms, mike okiro, should be taking note with a keen interest in procurement.
    there is a large gap in the army’s mechanized units, these can now be locally sourced ; the igirigi APC and the proforce M-LPVs

    • eyimola says:

      I would say that Nigeria has no reason to import non specialised APCs anymore. Order 2000 of this vehicles and see the defence sector mature before your very eyes.

  2. giles says:

    walahi am beginin to fall in love wit dis proforce armoured piece.i som hw startin to prefer it to igirigi

  3. beegeagle says:

    You are going to be stunned breathless. We shall start from the lower end of spectrum to post photos of these armoured vehicles and conclude with the armoured combat vehicle – a warrior in itself.

    We shall serve you the juice everyday right through to the weekend. You need to see how an armed security operative looks in one of them so that we realise how so good to go we are.

    It is up to the Office of the NSA, the Defence Ministry, Police Affairs Ministry, DICON and DHQ to come together and merge the efforts of PROFORCE, NAEME and DICON towards perfecting the work on all Made-in-Nigeria armoured vehicles. PROFORCE come to the board with the business acumen of private sector operators.

    The FG need to place orders, allow them to develop absolute expertise on these systems, improve them as they go on, make the ventures viable on account of patronage and then, because we use them too, CTCOIN-challenged African countries looking for right-priced options (think Mali, Chad, Niger for a start) can be expected to follow suit.

    Let us make sure that this all WORKS out for good. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  4. makanaky says:

    Beegeagle is this in Naija ?

  5. Max Montero says:

    Surprised to see Filipinos working with Nigerians at Proforce. They are probably working before with Asian Armored Technologies (Philippine company that built the GKN Simba IFV) or those in the civilian armored vehicle markets. I’m proud to know my countrymen are working with you guys!

    Max

    • beegeagle says:

      Yeah, I knew that this would not fail to grab your attention, Admiral Max🙂

      How are you?

      • Max Montero says:

        Fine, fine here General. Just came from some regional travel again, losing time to write in the blog. Do you a projected number of units to be built for the NA? Are the police also getting this armored vehicle? Was it design with MRAP in mind?

        Yes Filipinos are everywhere, last time I checked there is also in the Antarctic and Arctic areas, far from the usual tropics with coconut trees haha!

        Max

    • Henry says:

      @MAX, this should not be a surprise, as nigeria has a sizeable filipino expat community. With most of them in the shipping and marine industry.

      • eyimola says:

        True. I went to school with a couple of Filipino expats

      • Max Montero says:

        One of our strongest manpower assets are in shipping and marine, funny since our navy is not in the forefront hahaha!

      • Max Montero says:

        eyimola and henry, its good to know that we are working together there, the Philippines is actually home to a sizeable Nigerian student population as well. Nigerians constitute the largest African population in the Philippines, mostly in Manila. These students later go to the West or back to Nigeria to apply their education for helping Nigeria in the long run.

        max

  6. beegeagle says:

    It is in Nigeria, Makanaky. My international passport expired last year and has not yet been renewed.Where else could it be?🙂

    This is Ode Remo, OGUN STATE. It is situated off the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Benin Expressways, five miles from Sagamu.

  7. Akin Oges says:

    Whaoo…. Impressive! Now our soldiers and police operatives in the frontlines don’t have to die in those “certain death” soft bodied Hilux vans assaulting the eyes and sensibilities. Again, these PROFORCE products are not prohibitively priced unlike the imported variants. Therefore, those at the levers of authorities should promptly commission PROFORCE along side DICON to produce these protective vehicles, in joint collaboration, in large number for our boys paying the ultimate price for Country and Honour. With a stroke of the pen they would have provided answers to many issues: (1) Job creation.(2) Equipping the Services with sorely needed hardware. (3) Encourage the transfered knowledge to bed-in to a point it is entirely local oriented in design and fabrication. (4) Save on foreign exchange. (5) Self-reliant in this grade of hardware. (6) Sell finished products to neighbouring countries. It is win win win for all.

  8. beegeagle says:

    On point, Akin.

    And guess what? I shall be posting their most basic APV first. By the time that you get to see the other two in the array – one an armoured carrier and the other, a plucky armoured combat vehicle, una go holler!

    Nigerians in Nigeria, in the UK, in South Africa, in the USA, civilian and military alike..Beegeagle’s Bloggers all saying ‘kudos’. Keep it up, PROFORCE.

    • Henry says:

      Oga Akin, you could not have said it any better. If not for the fact that PROFORCE DEFENCE, may not be able to meet local demand in this class, I would have suggested FGN should ban the importation of this class of APV. A partial ban to be honest, should be the right way to go at the moment.

      • Akin Oges says:

        I see your point Oga Henry.

      • beegeagle says:

        Here is the sequence, Akin.

        Starting with their earliest fabrication, the base model PF2 APV, we shall present world exclusive photos tonight (as against the original plan for tomorrow).

        The PF2 would complement the armoured Landrover being used by the Police in Borno at this time.

        Tomorrow, you shall see the more militarised PF2 Mk.II, a fine modification of the base model which would work well alongside Landcruiser gun trucks, Panhard VBLs, uparmoured Pinzgauer ATVs and Otokar Cobra APCs in a broad spectrum CTCOIN and desert operations-compliant array.

        Come Wednesday by God’s grace, you shall get to see the jaw-dropping Armoured Combat Vehicle which is an all-out combat vehicle.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Oga Beeg, I am already quaking with anticipation. Kai… Don’t punish us too harshly by holding out too long Oooo… Abeg Oooo… Lol… Wonderful efforts as always. Stay Blessed Sir.

  9. Henry says:

    Oga beeg, please do ask them if an a nigerian made AFV is in the pipe-line

    • beegeagle says:

      Believe me, their next stated objectives are the fabrication of an armoured tank here in Nigeria and the completion of further development work on their PF1 APC.

      • CHYDE says:

        ARMORED tank ?? Really interesting, encouraging and unbelievable, I hope DICON and co are hearing this

  10. Deway says:

    Good job Beeg, were you able to find out where they source their materials, armor plates etc?
    Moving away from security to civilian issues, there’s also Innoson Motor Vehicles Manufacturing Company in Anambra who has been doing a great deal of work in the local auto industry. He’s been seeking government patronage for a while now.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      He actaully has goverment patronage by way of finance and purchase(innoson i mean)….its relaible info from me as an auditor of one of the audit firms in Nigeria. Thats why i was asking beeg if they (Proforce) have government patronage cause i have never come across any record of Proforce sourcing loans from the top govenment industrial finance bank.

      • beegeagle says:

        Last year, they won an order from the Osun State Govt for internal security vehicles which are oriented towards policing missions.

        From the base model PF2 APV, they have developed two militarised variants which you shall get to see tomorrow and the next.

      • Henry says:

        The PF2 APV( the hilux), I’ve seen a couple in port-harcourt. I also know that the IGP also purchased a few for patrols on benin-ore-shagamu road.

      • Deway says:

        My brother, indigenous capacity building through government support and patronage sets the pace for development. Boko haram somehow arose the sleeping giant from years of slumber.

  11. eyimola says:

    Is PROFORCE a Nigerian company? There are other organisations with this name including some who I believe also specialise in defence.

    • beegeagle says:

      Yes. The proprietor owns a string of other businesses in a nine-company group, one of which is the Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens where the mortal remains of the rich get interred in Lagos.

      He is a graduate of the University of Lagos.

    • beegeagle says:

      Company Name: PROFORCE LIMITED

      CAC N0: RC 724626

      Ownership Structure: 100%-owned Nigerian Company

      Nature of Business: Design and Manufacturing of Armoured Mobility Defence Products and Services

      Armouring Plant: Ogun State.

      Sales & Marketing Office: 11 Porto Novo Street, Off Aminu Kano Way, Wuse 2, Abuja.

      Year of incorporation: 2008

      Vision Statement: To be the leading Armouring and Defence Products Service Provider in the World.

      Mission Statement: To offer our clients first-class products and services with superior craftsmanship, at a competitive price

      Business Definition: Delivering Confidence in Personal and Protective Mobility.

      Proforce Limited is a total defence solution provider specialising in Armoured Vehicles and Body Armour. Proforce has within a short time developed a vibrant market for security and mobile protective products that cuts across Africa. It is exploiting its deep technical know-how to produce outstanding armoured products for the Military, the Police, Corporate Organisations, Diplomatic Communities, Government Security Agencies and VIPs.

      OUR PRODUCTS: Armoured Tactical Vehicles, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for Military and Police, Ballistic Helmets & Vests, Armoured Cash-in-Transit, Armoured Private and Commercial Passengers’ vehicles

      OUR SERVICES: After Sales & Repairs of Armoured Vehicles, Lease of Armoured Vehicles, Intelligence Systems and Security, Anti-Terror Security, Homeland Security, Training of Operatives, Command – Control & Communications Systems, Software and Computer Systems for Defence Products, Distributors Licence of All Raw Materials, Spare Parts Dealing (e.g. Run-flat System)

      Guided by technical innovation and a State-of-the-art defence automotive assembly plant in Nigeria, Proforce Limited is a global player in tactical, military and personal defence products.

      PROFORCE LIMITED offers the set skills required to keep private citizens, Government Officials and Law Enforcement Agents safe and prepared against conceivable security threats at any point.

      PROFORCE designers and engineers have 65 years cumulative experience in the unique designs and manufacturing of SUVs, tactical military vehicles, and passenger cars currently used in some of the most hostile regions.

      PROFORCE LIMITED provides highly secured Cash-in-Transit vehicles for Financial Institutions and cash-movement agencies requiring safe movement of money and goods in urban communities and hostile urban territories particularly in Nigeria.

      Armouring Facility:
      • With our state-of-the-art armouring facility in Ode-Remo, Ogun State, Proforce Limited is setting a new pace in the production of various armoured and protective vehicles and products in Nigeria.

      • Proforce is constantly able to meet local and international needs, without our clients (private and government) having to step out of the shores of Nigeria, while making sure that every sale is backed-up with unique and immediate after sales services and maintenance, saving you executive-business time and foreign exchange.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Here is the foundational APV that is the PF2. From this, a sterner upgrade – the PF2 Mk.II and a militarised Armoured Combat Vehicle have emerged – complete with a 360-degree turret fabricated from start to finish in Nigeria.

    Those two other CTCOIN vehicles you shall get to see tomorrow and the day after

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/made-in-nigeria-proforce-pf2-armoured-patrol-vehicle-world-exclusive-photos/

  13. Gen Beeg…Nna the guy na akokite sef..More grease to your elbow fellow Akokite!! Well its good that you are carrying this mission on this blog. The market for these armored cars far exceed Nigeria alone. It would be cheaper for our neighboring countries to buy their armored bullon cars and other needs from proforce in Nigeria than importing from abroad. All branches of our Military should as a matter of National security disband their Toyota/Ford(Hilux?Ranger) 4Wd’s for various variants of these Armored cars. Them fit dash d 4WD’s to Man o War them!!!

    Very impressive. Who says we cant be a Great Nation!!! Well thank God for all these insecurity everywhere..Necessity is the mother of invention!!!

  14. peccavi says:

    Make you try put the guy website/ email/ phone and contacts. Others are watching

  15. Max Montero says:

    Is Proforce using underchassis and COTS parts from Toyota/other commercial vehicle manufacturer or do they develop their own? I see the size of the vehicle as somewhere near an SUV or pickup truck. I assume that the armor is light but effective enough for protection from small arms. I’m curious as well with the vehicle’s engine.

    Max

  16. beegeagle says:

    They use uprated diesel engines with armoring in mind. The Landcruisers are brought in specially from Europe, Admiral Max

    • Max Montero says:

      This vehicles can be good for convoy escorts, base security, and patrol missions. It seems like a squad of troops can fit in the vehicle. Would be better than a soft-skinned SUV or pick-up.

      How about protection performance? I’m curious if the military or Proforce made some ballistics testing on prototypes, or placing a unit for an IED protection test? I believe the Boko Haram are using IEDs as well.

      Max

      • beegeagle says:

        They have been tested with ballistics from 30 metres out and explosives TNT-rated as a grenade-type blast.

        When the Minister Aganga visited, ballistic tests were again conducted under his watch.

  17. Cryptologist says:

    OMG!!! All i saw some of their products with some banks few months back when i was in the country, never knew the manufacturers are just 5miles away from where i grew up sagamu. Its good they involving Gateway polytechnic students in this. New vista beckons indeed. Do hope state govts. will replace the light skins they give the police n other security agencies with this.

    • beegeagle says:

      On the day, they were ‘uparmoring’ some SUVs for a multinational corporation in the consumer sector. They need FG patronage. Federal might will take them to a higher ground fastest.

      • Max Montero says:

        Glad for you to share the info. At least they already have experience in up-armoring civilian vehicles before, probably for the rich and VIP’s hehe!

        Max

      • beegeagle says:

        I was shown the bulletproof windshield of a client’s vehicle which was hit by AK47 fire on Carter Bridge in Lagos. It did not even penetrate half of the way through the glass.

  18. beegeagle says:

    Now that the photo of the PF2 Mk.II has been posted (had to hold my aces :)) , it is appropriate to state that both vehicles under construction here are the PF2 Mk.II.

    The PF2 was the first to be fabricated in the APV line. However, further R+D has given rise to the improved PF2 Mk.II which is what they are apparently now concentrating their energies on without necessarily losing the ability to fabricate the PF2 base model. Within the premises, finished units of PF2 Mk.II APVs are visibly more numerous.

    From the PF2, an armoured combat vehicle has also emerged.

  19. jimmy says:

    1) .IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY GET F.G PATRONAGE.
    2) Somehow they need to get LT. GEN . IHEJIRIKA AND the IGP ABUBAKAR TO visit their FACILITIES and arrange a live simulation.
    3.) There is nothing stopping them ( proforce) for now as some companies in the states will do is to offer a loaner to the N.A. to be used in the North East FOR A trial period of 6 months so the the army can test it under live conditions.

    • igbi says:

      1)we have to sell to neighbouring countries as well.
      2) I know these vehicles are good, but we also need to keep doing research and tests to improve (the same way sony went from playtation one to playstation two).
      3) this could really generate money for Nigeria and jobs for the youth.
      4)then we can diversify.

      With all these graduates we produce every year, why don’t our graduates gather to create this kind of business ? This could make them the billoniars of tomorrow.
      We need to see more of this.
      Kudos to Proforce.
      Kudos to Nigeria
      We are moving forward.

  20. Joe says:

    There was nothing more greater to learn that Nigeria gradually wake up from slumber . Manufacturing is the secret towards development of a nation. A wasted 4 decades military rule was a disaster to the country. Nigeria government should distance herself on any investment in the country because it will continue to fail .Only private sectors can grow and develop economy of a country.Government should make policies to encourage private investors to set up.The fruit of democracy gradually surfacing in the country where only the best and most qualified should be rewarded. Military rule in nigeria result to global economic isolation has negative impact to develop the economy. Some good examples where faulter policies rewarding meadiocres over most qualified Nigerians was the norms, policy of federal quota system, federal character triumph over merit. Urging the federal government not to interfere with private investment set up because it hamper investment opportunity that is nigeria number one problem and no nation realizes her best potentials under such premise. Nigerians should and must buys made in nigeria goods. Innoson automobile, Proforce, Dicon, western Iron,to name but few are pride of the nation.The federal government must ban and impose 200 %duty to all imported goods to encourage people to purchase local manufacture goods in in the country. It is time sleeping giants to walk and take her rightful position in the continent and to competes positively globally.The federal government should discoureage the country as a dumping ground, and ensure any foreign company coming to invest in the country should have a manufacturing plant in the country.The federal government electricity supply schemes is too slow and need to be accelerated. God ordained the present adminstration to rule nigeria and through the regime the country may realises her dream to become relevance in the world.We should remember the say ” practise makes perfect. “

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