The Armored Group (TAG) has just announced the delivery of a large quantity of Ballistic Armored Tactical Transport (BATT) units to Senegal and Nigeria.

Additional requests have been pouring in from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, India, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

These BATT vehicles can be designed for rural, urban, or a combination of both scenarios, and includes vehicle protection levels that range from non-armored, NIJ III/B6, NIJ IV/B7(including the .50 Caliber Ball Round) and higher if required.

The BATT has become a critical solution to law enforcement agencies around the world. “We have seen an increased demand for our BATT family of vehicles because of their unparalleled performance, protection, deployment options, operational capabilities and affordability, when compared to other similar armored vehicles of its’ kind,” said Robert Pazderka, President and Founder of The Armored Group.



Last month (Sept 2013), Nigeria and Senegal became the first African countries to take delivery of an undisclosed number of ballistic armored tactical transport (BATT)APCs.

Imported from US-based defense equipment maker The Armored Group, the APCs are designed for both rural and urban warfare and include a range of vehicle protection levels. “



– NIJ IV +.50 Cal Ball Ammo armor protection

– blast mitigating floor

– rotating turret

– height adjustable sniper step

– large HVAC System

– full wall and ceiling insulation

– emergency Lighting with Siren
& PA

– Air Ride Seats,

and many more standard options.

A large list of optional equipment is available for the BATT XL that includes but is not limited to the following: battering ram, hydraulic ram upgrade, gas injection needle upgrade, skip rounds shields, spot lights, thermal cameras, night vision cameras, full radio systems, mast cameras, 4×4 upgrade, Complete Off Road Package, high intensity driving lights, IR Lights, Scene Lights, Back Up cameras, Power Inverter, Generator, customized cabinetry, shield hooks, ram holders, additional side door, Medic Kit with Litter, SCBA Systems, CBRN Packages, and many more.


” The Armored Group is an approved supplier of the US military and are made at facilities with employees cleared by the US Government and Secret Service adding even another level of security. The Armored Group offers the BATT XL, which has the ability to carry over 15 fully geared officers “


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  1. giles says:

    nonsense,profound no fit produce am?

  2. to4shizzle says:

    Someone on this blog recently commented that the Americans have been appeased, there you have it……..the Nigerian Govt instead of buying from ProForce and the Likes jump to buy From USA cos of a deal dia Bilateral commissions might have signed, this turpsy-turvy relationship we have with the west better be clearly defined, I’m all for The Armed Group having to do a joint Development with the Army Corp of Engineer to further develop the Igirigi so we can be net exporters of the business and have a partnership similar to wat Italy, Germany, Netherlands and co had for the Tornado jets……..
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  3. Blackrev says:

    hmm!! naija government. I don’t know if this is good or bad.

    we are talking about building local capacity and they are still importing something that can be jointly manufactured locally to boost tech. transfer for a better local industry. na wa o.

    I do hope igirigi was not just a charade. cos we are yet to hear of mass production or improvements on it.

  4. Akin Oges says:

    Not good for local initiatives like Proforce. Makes nonsense of the new automotive policy. DICON has gone into alliance with Proforce to start production at their special vehicle plant at Bauchi; to what purpose? Whilst the Americans and others saturates the market with their products, the authorities behave like they are serious with local content/production. Not good.

  5. tim says:

    How well, can this perform, in the sandy soil of the N.E??? Doesn’t look it has much ground clearance….does looks like it has shaped armour….if what we buying is the picture above….I don’t think if is been aquired for fighting BH…….maybe government building protection, police response to robbery and so on……….but not military application design.

  6. tim says:

    At least our army shouldn’t be buying this for BH…..maybe sss for bursting BH, in cities and town,with good road network………..but this is a no no, in sandy terrain.

  7. beegeagle says:

    I have a feeling that either the Police CTU or the NA in urban operations, field strikingly similar armoured vehicle.

    Watch this space for photos

    • ocelot2006 says:

      I’m willing to bet that it is the police. When it comes to MRAPs, im not so sure the NA army takes the acquisition of these vehicles serious.

      • jimmy says:

        It appears from some of the picture the ctu of the police is being deployed in pacified? Areas with army personnel.Some of these apcs
        Will go to the army.

  8. beegeagle says:

    BATTLEFIELD DAMAGE sustained by an armoured vehicle around November 2013 at Damaturu

    Question is, which armoured vehicle type is this – a BATT APC? I ask because the hatches of the strikingly similar Proforce Pf 2 APV are circular and not rectangular

  9. beegeagle says:

    As you can see, this is painted in the desert camo of the NA as is more commonly used in the desert terrain of the Far Northeast

  10. giles says:

    oga beeg gudmornin,pls y do nigeria lik goin 1 forward and 10 backward,to me our proforce AFV is far more better than dis

    • giles says:

      i weep for nigeria,wot is gudluck actually doing,dis man need to lectured on importance of growin home technology.and pls oga beeg d new uav is it nigerian made or also imported

  11. startrek says:

    good enough we make a case for local content BT the all security agencies in Nigeria including the military need this things like yesterday … beats the hilux van any day moreover there are variants as I understand let’s be a little cautious on this one

  12. beegeagle says:

    I agree with you, Startrek. Much better than Hilux for ALL battlefield intents and purposes.

    If the BATT XL, which carries 15 troops and which even from here looks heavily armour protected, can withstand 12.7mm fire…which is what the legendary Casspir is built to take, even as it handles more severe landmine blasts, I do not know that STANAG Level 1 APCs such the Mamba, Otokar Cobra, Puma M26-15 are built to handle 12.7mm flak. So we need not generalise before all the facts of the matter become handy.

    • tim says:

      Still this batt isn’t built for military application and the design shows it……..I guess tht why, the burnt apc, has police around it…………there is a reson why the vbl and cobra have angled shapes….that on its own is sloped armout, to deflect bullet rounds, and rpg rounds, and there is reason for the ground clearance…to defeat mines and protect for ied’s……this vehicle lacks this bsic designs, because it wasn’t built for war……… I don’t think they are for the army, and shouldn’t even be in the north east, they are death traps in that level of intensity of combat.

  13. startrek says:

    I can this for sure that this only a stop gap while the local content updates its prod-line. again this items came with a lot more than is been revealed .

  14. Are James says:

    The FGs patronage target is Mehakong which will ‘produce’ the Springbuck.
    On the board of Mehakong are some powerful PDP people. So sorry for Proforce they are probably seen as light weights by the powers that be. Mehakong is targeting this year as the start up date to commence production …oh sorry ‘assembly’.

  15. Are James says:

    On IED protection capability of the GATT XL, you actually need to look under the chassis to see if the classic v shape armour plating exists to deflect the blast.
    The worst possible kind of blasts are from the ‘shaped charge’ types used in Iraq which harness the power of the explosion to mould and shoot up a molten lump of hot metal though the chassis at almost the speed of sound (and they say terrorism is low tech).
    Anyway for this kind of IED, the BATT XL is too low to offer protection.

  16. rka says:

    I tire o! No offence intended, but people have been moaning on this blog because of the use of Hilux vehicles etc. Ballistic protection vehicles have been delivered and there is still moaning.

    This doesn’t mean there will be no local production of MRAPs and similar vehicles. The Armed forces always have a diversification of platforms.

  17. rka says:

    This article by the economist annoyed me and I had to leave a little comment.

    • beegeagle says:



    • asorockweb says:

      I just read the article … left both a comment and a counter comment to what “UnvanishedTruth” said.
      The days of entertaining western audiences with silly stories on African affairs are over.

      • beegeagle says:

        I agree with you. The foreign media-led malevolence/tyranny and the “make it up as you go along” tales passed off for the news emanating from Nigeria shall always be deflated pronto anywhere that I read them, either directly or by proxy. It is as simple as that.

        Personally, I have found the so called objectivity of the Western media to be a major hoax. They always have an interest to be played up at any time and in any matter and many of the writers are either blatantly prejudiced or utterly superficial…if not borderline ignorant. They talk a lot of nonsense.

        How does the drivel spun by “The Economist” compare to the reality check offered on the SAME DAY by the AFP as it concerns our hard-grafting security forces in NE Nigeria and their performance in the ongoing battles?

  18. startrek says:

    pls correct me if am wrong at the height of the Irag debacle the armoured group was one of the coys that came to the rescue… again we know how the reactive armour came to be.

  19. beegeagle says:

    Tim, I can see the wheel arches and it in no way replicates the exaggerated arches of the Otokar Cobra. The purpose of that feature of the Otokar Cobra is to allow blast fragments and the tyres to be blown away without affecting the crew compartment. That is not in doubt. The acronym “BATT” clearly suggests that ballistic and ambush protection are the primary features of this armoured vehicle. The high, blast-free wheel arches and v-hull of the Cobra APC suggests that anti-IED protection is its primary mission.

    But it does not preclude the fact that these BATT APCs, blast protected regardless, can be used in ‘stabilised theatres’ for urban patrols – such as hold true for places such as Mubi, Potiskum, Damaturu, Biu, Kano etc. In any case, they are using Hilux trucks in those same theatres of operation, so how are the troops worse of with these than they are in the ubiquitous soft-skinned Hilux? Which is better?

    As for the monocoque v-hull which is also highly visible in the Otokar Cobra APC but is not so obvious on the BATT APC, it might interest you to know that the v-hull is similarly not so ‘in your face” on the Springbuck VI, Mamba and Puma M26 APCs…not to mention the Oshkosh SandCat MLPV. It is even that the v-hull of the Otokar Cobra is more noticeable than is the case with more powerful MRAPs such as the legendary Casspir and GILA.

    Check out the v-hulls of the aforementioned vehicles posted on this blog.

  20. camouflage1984 says:

    Guys look closely the vehicle has a V hull, look closely between the drivers door and the rear tire compartment though I have reservations about the vehicle

  21. beegeagle says:

    That was why I said – ‘not so obvious’. The V-hull on the Otokar Cobra is extremely visible. Ditto the wheel arches. It is made for operations in IED-strewn theatres, even as survivability depends the TNT-rating of the explosive.

    @Tim. Oga, there is no telling who owns the armoured vehicle. First photo shows Police CTU standing around a vehicle painted in the desert camo of the NA. The second photo shows two soldiers (first and second from the left) standing beside a blown-out armoured vehicle while there are cops visible in the photo as well.

  22. rka says:

    Oga Beeg, sorry to go off topic, but Ghana Air Force is looking to ramp up procurement.

  23. beegeagle says:

    RKA, I have said it time and again that the average Western commentator on Nigeria is a cryptic cynic with a pseudo-messianic complex who is as clueless as their vacuous rants suggest. This chap is stuck in a colonial time warp. They have not allowed ‘technical experts from the all-knowing West’ to come direct the operations (sorry, the bogus civilising mission is with it), Pullitzer-hunting journalists such as himself cannot write diabolical stuff since they have no access and so, a bitter campaign of calumny suffices.

    Making everyone look bad is the only way that they attempt to make themselves look better than they demonstrably are given similar challenges. What was the outcome in Iraq after 8 years…what is the outcome in Afghanistan after 12 years? Even with more kit and intel than all of Africa’s infantrymen and special operations forces can in combination, muster?

    REUTERS, AFP and even a normally scathing StrategyPage (show him the articles posted by Are James a few days ago for headsup) and others, all say repeatedly that the terrorists have been driven out of the urban enclaves and into remote frontier districts where they prey on ‘drive out’ now means losing the war? That is quite retarded even for idle conjecture. Does this know-nothing recall when bombs where exploding in churches and suicide bombers preyed on innocents at Bauchi, Yola, Jos, Zaria, Kaduna and Kano nearly every week? That was that to now? No progress?

    Does he know when daily gun battles sufficed in Damaturu, Maiduguri and Kano..what is the reality today? Does he know when in 2012 Niger, FCT, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe, Kogi and Plateau states were the scenes of weekly terror outrages? What is the status today when less beclouded commentators are saying that the terrorists have been pegged back to the Far Northeast…Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states?

    Losing which war? I do not see them using the same damning phraseology in Somalia where Al Shabaab were driven out of Mogadishu but still control much of the countryside?Methinks some of these writers need to swallow their personal hangups about Nigeria so that they can write dispassionately and talk a lot less tripe.

    Across federal highways, MOPOL, Customsmen and troops deployed in sensitive areas, some with pitched tents in view, frequently kick off their boots and put them inside their tents or out in the sun (don’t ask me how it feels wearing those ad infinitum in hot and humid climes..dunno how it feels in the West and I frankly do not care though) TO AIR their tired, smelly feet? Why are so many of these Western writers so hopping perfidious?

    Unfortunately, the typical Western malevolent cynic looking for dirt to dig up sees this and since it is Nigeria, it can only be that someone high up has ‘chopped the money meant for the boots’ of the rank-and-file troops. All of that to jumpstart a pity party. That was why he tried to draw that parallel between the ‘pomp and crisp parades’ at Abuja and the ‘reality as he sees it’ in the field. Hence, he sees the unconscionable and sharp appearance around him in Abuja as ‘hollow’

    Where was this chap when the MD of SHELL said that oil theft is declining? And why does the article not have a name written on it anywhere – afraid?

    Please trash this attention seeker and let’s discuss stuff NOT written by activists and melancholic liberals. These ones’ emotions always get in the way.

    • rka says:

      Well said Oga Beeg, sometimes they just get on ones nerves.

      • Are James says:

        Russian companies already have us in their financial books for 10 MI17/171sh helicopters (see later part of the attached article).
        So baring budgetary non performance, delivery is most certain this year with the years budget provisions.

      • beegeagle says:

        Good. So we have got

        – four Mi-17s

        – six Mi-171Sh Terminator

        – three Mi-35P

        – six Mi-35M

        i.e fifteen attack/assault helics and four transport helics coming our way in 2014-15.

        Way to go. That is the way a giant the needful in one loop and not taking timid steps fit for a cretin…such as acquiring attack helos in two and threes.

        Well done, FG. Say no to token gestures and keep our forces lavishly supplied.

  24. beegeagle says:

    Okay, Oga RKA. Tis a nice plan but not news to us long stayers on here really. The hunt for these airframes (bar the Mi-35M) have been on the cards since 2010-12. Ghana Gas Company supposedly wanted to acquire four Z-9 utility helics for the Air Force while the C27 hunt has been on for longer. Check the blog archives to be sure how long this has been on for. Hopefully, deliverables follow the noble aspirations.

    Goodluck to the Ghana Air Force. They took delivery of two C295s, three DA42 MPP surveillance turboprops and four Mi-171Sh these past eighteen months. That is progress at any rate.

    • rka says:

      I was aware Oga Beeg (I have been following this blog a lot longer that you realise lol). It just appears they are actually ready to go for it now. Good luck to them anyway.

  25. startrek says:

    from the little info I ve the decision to go for this was not taken lowly or lightly … again Nigeria variants has more than meet the eye lol I leave it at that

  26. beegeagle says:

    Oga RKA, show that to rambling Joe masquerading as a journalist so he stops pulling stuff up from his nether regions and passing off same as the news. When it suits their purpose, they conjure up ‘experts’ to lend credence to their rants.

    Every foreign troll who comes by thinks it his divine calling to lead Nigeria to the light and to save the country from corruption. Where was he and what were “The Economist” doing while Bernard Madoff preyed on the world? So much for hollow sanctimony. Why did he not seek this man’s opinion? He has something edifying to say and as such cannot be an ‘expert’ for the purpose of this diatribe?

  27. Yagazie says:

    Oga rka -Nice one!! I too have seen the ‘silly article’ and left my own strong but factual comments.

    It’s heartening to see that all the comments (about 7 so far) written in response have picked up and highlighted a number of factual inaccuracies in the said article.

    Trust Nigerians, we don’t take nonsense from anyone – and will not stand by and see our brave men and women in the military/security services who are doing such a stellar job in keeping us safe, ‘disrespected’, especially by a Western publication (in this case the Economist) which uses some attention – seeking journalist who doesn’t even have the guts to append his/her name to the article.

    Finally I would like to respectfully suggest that the Director of Information in the Defence Headquarters should put out a strong rejoinder to this silly article, if only to show that the Nigerian military does not take kindly to such inaccurate, self-serving and misleading stories.

    • rka says:

      Thanks Oga Yagazie, you followed up with a nice write up.

      I second your request to the Director of Information in Defence Headquarters to respond to this unfortunate distortion of facts.

      • beegeagle says:

        I won’t be surprised to learn that the West African girl who writes for “The Guardian UK” and who has made Nigeria bashing her stock-in trade, wrote this.

        The writer obviously knew they were going to draw flak but did not have the spleen to put a name to the story because the writer obviously has antecedents which can be called up to show that they are hollow to the marrow.

        I mean, hatred, vendetta and an attenpt to smear run through the story. What was Mali doing there? An attempt at self-justification after her gaffe of November 2012?

        Well, the Nigerians were in Timbuktu and Nara which were on the frontline. Were they supposed to fight the locals just to show that they were there?

  28. beegeagle says:

    While “The Economist” are hyperventilating their blissful ignorance, AFP are again restating the fact which those who know what is going on, KNOW

    Here is what the AFP are saying TODAY, making nonsense of the drivel which “The Economist” are spewing like froth. Who cares what any Western diplomatic malcontent in Abuja has to say? Are they not mere passersby?


    ” Emergency rule has largely succeeded in pushing the militants out of towns and cities in the wider north but attacks are still frequent in more remote areas,
    particularly in border regions. ”


    There you have case you think we are bellowing on account of patriotic fervour. The truth is clear for those who are following this conflict and not necessarily writing to advance a pre-determined gameplan.

    “The ECONOMIST” just showed themselves to be compromised and subjective. It is as simple as that. Show this to them if you need cannon fodder.

  29. beegeagle says:

    Judging from the shallow and destructive content of the article, I won’t be surprised to learn that the West African girl who writes for “The Guardian UK” and who has made Nigeria bashing her stock-in trade, wrote this.

    The writer obviously knew they were going to draw flak but did not have the spleen to put a name to the story because the writer obviously has antecedents which can be called up to show that they are hollow to the marrow.

    I mean, hatred, vendetta and an attenpt to smear run through the story. What was Mali doing there? An attempt at self-justification after her gaffe of November 2012?

    Well, the Nigerians were in Timbuktu and Nara which were on the frontline. Were they supposed to fight the locals just to show that they were there?

    • Blackrev says:

      oga beeg. you no vex reach me for this matter.

      but what we should ask is what our own media are doing as regards promoting our national interest and telling our stories as it should be told.

      fact still remains that if you don’t tell your stories, someone else will do it for you and he/she will not be good at it.

      thank God for the likes of you.

      • ifiok umoeka says:

        Have ever tried 2 take a photo shot of an unwilling soldier? I guarantee that u won’t live 2 write d story, our journalists no de try but DHQ is worse

  30. mnl01 says:

    A little insight into Mekahog Nigeria

    Mehakog Nigeria is actually owned by Chief Ikedi Ohakim (former Governor of Imo State). So sorry but Proforce cant compete when it comes to political capital involved.

    Do you Know that the present Minister of Foreign Affairs (she was Minister of State previously) Prof Viola Onwuliri was Ohakim’s deputy. He practically nominated her for the post.

    The guy is something else

  31. jimmy says:

    i believe there is room for all three of them PROFORCE will not only serve military needs but VIPs, banks and also private citizens, Innoson can likewise serve state officials, bullion vans and NPF while MEKAHOG can surely devote their resources to making sure we no longer see thin skinned vehicles in the Northeast ferrying our soldiers.

    I do not see it as competing. I see it as the more, the merrier so long as they are made/assembled here and jobs are created for Nigerians to protect Nigerian security personnel, then everybody should be happy.

  32. startrek says:

    thank you Oga jimmy

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