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22 January 2014

South Africa’s DCD Protected Mobility is in discussions with Nigeria’s Mekahog Group with an eye to establishing a plant to build the Springbuck armoured personnel carrier (APC) in the West African country, according to DCD general manager Andrew Mears.

Mears said this will be a phased project, beginning with maintenance and repair, then going over to local assembly and finally to local manufacture.

After the recent delivery of five
additional vehicles, the Nigerian Police currently has 44 Springbuck Mk VI APCs in service, which it uses for patrols in high-risk areas. A final batch of three is to be shipped towards the end of February.


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  1. camouflage1984 says:
  2. beegeagle says:

    Yes, it is a GILA MRAP. That and the AutoKraz truck are mainstay for the Police Counter Terrorist Unit. Earlier this month, I saw another GILA at Awkuzu…a town situated along the Onitsha-Enugu expressway.

    Last year, I saw another GILA at Obingwa in eastern Ngwa area of Abia State, the main base of CTU Base 4.

    This month also, and I reported on this in March 2013 as I journeyed between Onitsha and PHC, I counted no less than six Mamba APCs and a GILA MRAP at a MOPOL base situated along the Onitsha-Owerri expressway (location withheld)

    Because the GILA and Casspir looks so similar from the outside, the easiest way of telling one from the other is that the GILA has five firing ports (read, windows) on each side while the Casspir has three firing ports on each side.

  3. beegeagle says:

    The Police have many APC types – mostly Western, Israeli, Turkish, Nigerian and South African types. The following list is by no means exhaustive but personally, I have seen these deployed operationally

    Alvis Saxon APC
    Casspir MRAP
    Mamba MBPV
    Springbuck VI MBPV
    Streit Spartan Mk.II
    Streit Cougar Mk.II
    UR 416 APC
    Otokar Cobra
    Made-in-Nigeria Proforce PF2 APV

    * and some obscure Israeli types e.g at Asaba, seen in front of the Police HQ near the Delta State Legislators Village.

    * not to mention the other Israeli-made type posted on this blog as photographed at some secretariat in PHC

  4. OriginalPato says:

    Apologies for going of point on this thread, but I couldn’t help but wonder, of what use is the Nigerian Police Counter Terrorism Unit (Red Berets) when I usually see them mounting road blocks and escorting governors.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      CTU operators are rarely used to protect Governors, except in extraordinary situations ie the insurgency up north. The blue beret (Special Protection Unit or SPU) handles that.

  5. beegeagle says:

    That depends on where you are, Oga Pato.

    In the Northeast, at Kano, Kaduna, Jos etc, they have been involved in frontline CTCOIN operations. Under the JSTF era, they often worked alongside the military and SSS. In Borno, Kano and Yobe, the CTU fought against insurgents throughout. Credit where it is due.

    Two weeks ago, I had an encounter with them at Enugu. I was moving in a convoy with a lorry bringing up the rear. We got into town at 11pm and inside Independence Layout close to their base, they ‘ambushed’ the truck to search for weapons, perhaps suspicious of the timing of our arrival and alerted by the 4-vehicle convoy. Well, personal effects it was.

    Be that as it may, their professional approach – interrogation and search sans molestation was good. They were led by a very tall, young man…a Gwari from Niger State who said his name was Ibrahim and who happened to be the CTU Commander in Enugu. One of the police commandos tried to be overzealous or perhaps, to harangue me. His commander told him straight up to ‘keep quiet’.

    As soon as we were stopped, I had placed a phone call a senior military officer and briefed him on the strange turn of events…to the hearing of the calm CTU commander who perhaps noticed that I was just as sure-footed as he was since one was up to nothing illegal.

    In the end, it was that redneck military officer who asked me to hand the phone to the CTU Commander and who politely identified us as ‘good citizens’. It all ended well there and then and the CTU chaps even provided an escort vehicle to see us to our final destination under armed guard.

    Their base is situated within MARYLAND ESTATE, a newly built and large barracks on Independence Layout in Enugu.

    If my memory serves me well, ENUGU is designated as “CTU Base 10”

  6. ugobassey says:

    Why cant we have Proforce partner with DICON and INNOSON Motors to improve and mass produce the Igirigi?

  7. beegeagle says:

    I think PROFORCE and DICON are on the cusp of a partnership arrangement. This had been on the cards from the time when General Labaran was DG of DICON.

  8. Yagazie says:

    As the American and other coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it seems that a lot of their equipment will either be auctioned off or left behind.

    Of particular intrest are the 1,600-1,700 American mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPS) which are 20-tonne vehicles designed to protect soldiers from IEDs or roadside bombs.

    Brand new these vehicles cost $1million or £604,000 each. However they are being auctioned for around $2,000- $5,000 (or £1,200-£3,000) each.

    Downside is that they are maintainance intensive and the cost of transporting them to Nigeria might be prohibitive.

    However if purchased in sufficient numbers, I still think that tt could represent good value for money. Any thoughts?

    • ugobassey says:

      Oga Yagazie
      I’m with you on this one. At that auction price they are practically giving it away and since we are still involved in COIN plus given that the terrain in the north east is almost similar to Afghanistan, I think our Army top shots should put in a request to buy most if not all of these vehicles (we can afford them) and we can also look into reverse engineering them for local manufacture.

  9. Yagazie says:

    Oga Ugobassey- ‘spot on’ – besides lets not forget these vehicles have been tested in battle. A brilliant once-in-a-while opportunity has been presented to our military to purchase these vehicles for virtually nothing. I would like to think that with the US getting involved with the training/setting up of our Special Forces Command, purchase and /or transfer of this type of equipment MUST have been discussed.

    • Are James says:

      Amongst the abandoned war materiel in Afghanistan, I think you will find some serious engineering mistakes that we should be careful not to go after. When the Sunni militia launched the IED offensive against the Americans in Iraq, the George Bush administration in typical American fashion spent unbelievable amounts of $$$$s developing and Operationalizing many vehicle designs of questionable effectiveness for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Only in America do you make mistakes of that kind of magnitude and get away with them. Anyway such vehicles are many and would be offered cheap prices but most certainly won’t have manuals, spare parts or proven usability. So lets be careful.

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