AMISOM NIGERIAN FORMED POLICE UNIT ROTATION IN SOMALIA (6 JANUARY, 2014)

Mobile Policemen deployed to the AMISOM Nigerian Formed Police Unit clustered around a Streit Spartan Mk.II APC, a lorry and a Toyota Hilux truck in Mogadishu, Somalia.

PHOTO CREDIT: AFRICAN UNION/AMISOM/UNITED NATIONS/IST

PHOTO CREDIT: KEYDMEDIA

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31 Responses to AMISOM NIGERIAN FORMED POLICE UNIT ROTATION IN SOMALIA (6 JANUARY, 2014)

  1. beegeagle says:

    Photo #2..lovely and compact AK-series rifle.

    Can’t we just make this standard issue for everyday use by NA commandos? I do not like that variant with the wooden stock at all..AT ALL. Looks tacky when it is aged.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Imagine if this fighting-fit commando

    had this AK variant

    (credit: AK47 Modified)

    …instead of that ugly, wooden thing like a Mk.IV which he is carrying about like a museum relic? Come on, there are so many enhanced AK rifles on the rack. We can do so much better.

  3. doziex says:

    In Picture # 3, one can see how Amisom uses a combination of Hesco and wire fences to secure their basis.

    NA take note.

    The greater an obstacle course your perimeter defence is, the more time you buy for our troops to counter the assault.

  4. startrek says:

    thats an enhanced ak-12 launched by the Russian president early last year

  5. startrek says:

    Sir it is actually a cloned engineering of the ak12 & 47 modified version for the SF it is actually code named ACR2 I believe a Nigerian security outfit has ordered for a number.

    • asorockweb says:

      ACR from Remington Defense:

      ——-
      All the rifles being handle by NPF or NA shown on this thread are AK 47 or 74 or 103 derivatives.

      The AK 12 is a brand new Russian rifle that may be adopted by small segments of the Russian armed forces.
      The “AK47 Modified” from Oga Beeg’s post is not an AK 12. Most likely, it’s a AK 47 or 103 derivative.

      • beegeagle says:

        The page did say “AK47 MODIFIED”. You may be right. Looks great…same stopping power, foregrip, folding stock, gunsight…truly useful.

  6. Henry says:

    Oga peccavi, it is a chinese modified AK-47 (Type 56). That’s an up-graded Type-56 mostly used by pakistani army commandos and SSG.

      • Are James says:

        Whatever it is I think the enhancements have subtracted from the ruggedness of the rifle. It used to be said that you could throw the old rifle down violently or dip it murky deep water and it would still fire.

    • peccavi says:

      Thanks Oga,
      I love the AK, my favourite weapon, the enhancements make it all the better although the balance maybe a bit off with the picatinny rails, but I guess the fore grip takes care of that.
      My beef with the sight is its too far forward, so your eye relief will be wierd, you’ll be straining to get a sight picture.
      But I assume the designers and manufacturers have taken that into account

  7. Henry says:

    The AK-74 used by our police forces is a modified/ upraged israeli 74. it’s an AK-L 74.

  8. asorockweb says:

    Peacekeeping related info:
    the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) now has a new blueprint for the future.
    …It takes into account South Africa’s increasing role in peacekeeping in Africa.

    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34302

    “Already in 2009, the Joint Standing Committee on Defense warned that the SANDF was in a ‘fatal downward spiral’ and called for the budget to increase to 1.7% of GDP”

    I wonder if Nigeria will ever spend 1.7% of GDP on defense.

    Based on our new GDP figures, That is US$8.67 billion

    • beegeagle says:

      …a bridge too far. Neither the people nor the government appear to appreciate the value of military power in the advancement of the national interest and attainment of foreign policy objectives.

      That said, 0.85% on an annual basis and on the strength of current manpower levels would not be outlandish at ANY rate.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Oga Are, only the gunsight would come out blurred until cleaned. I am sure the capacity of the AK47 to be immersed in brine or brackish yet faithfully spill lead at the first pull of the trigger, even after three days in the mud, would be retained.

    A fighting army such as Pakistan’s would not compromise that. They painstakingly endeavour to have equipment modified to their peculiar requirements. The Al Zarrar tank and the plucky F-7PG come to mind.

  10. Colonel says:

    Oga beeg, there is news that the Nigerian airforce fighter jets forced an american AN 24 plane to land within the last 48 hours after being tipped off by chinese and russian intelligence. Another plane was forced to land by the Indian airforce. The planes apart from carrying arnaments also had waste disposal systems with sophisticated pipes enabling it to disperse its contents in an aerial type mist. The US ordered the release of the plane but Nigeria refused after conducting a search but was later forced to release the plane. The news is everywhere on the internet. Couldnt post the link cos i was using a phone. Is this one of america’s biological weapons research planes?

  11. Colonel says:

    Thanks igbi. I have made my findings and discovered that it is an internet hoax.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Nothing to that effect, Oga Colonel. I searched diligently and it was dead-ended.

  13. Henry says:

    Oga peccavi, the up-graded pakistani Type-56 is a truly impressive assault rifle. This particular Type-56 also comes with a laser-dot, in addition to the torch…………. Just like on the M4A1.

    As for the ACOG, we’d have to ask the pakistani’s why they moved it so forward.

  14. Colonel says:

    Thanks oga beeg!

  15. freeegulf says:

    mounting sights on the AK-47 has always been tricky. the piccatiny rails on the AKs are never really well suited as compared with other western assault rifles.
    having the sights so far forward might put a strain on the operator. well, i guess the designers tried to compensate for that. will like to know how these overall modifications affect the ergonomics enhancement.

  16. freeegulf says:

    the russian AK-107 has an integral picatinny rail and night sights too. the sights are not far too forward like the pakistanis modified AK.
    at least our SF should be equipped with the best AK out there.

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