(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
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.
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
– 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.
• 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.
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