(screenshots processed by BHARAT, a BEEGEAGLE’S BLOGGER)
THE FOLLOWING QUOTE REFERS
“The CS-VP3 had already won contracts from two African nations since its production in 2012.”
On the strength of the foregoing and given the video evidence below, it is almost safe to say that the Nigerian Army are now users of the joint Chinese-South African CS-VP3 manufactured by Poly Technologies Incorporated of China.
You might recall that we noted the Ugandan acquisition of this vehicle elsewhere on this blog. It is now clear that the second unnamed African country (whose military acquisitions are typically shrouded in secrecy) is NIGERIA.
That incontrovertible FACT is clearly visible from the video posted below. Before now, the NA were only associated with the ownership of a decent 204 units of STANAG Level 1 mine and blast protected Otokar Cobra APC (which is widely deployed for counterinsurgency operations alongside the Panhard VBL M11) and a rather paltry 12 units of the top-notch GILA MRAP, none of which has yet been pictured in combat operations in that theatre till date.
This CS/VP3 MRAP has NEVER before been seen in NA service anywhere in the country and is pictured in the video parked in front of a Landcruiser gun-truck both of which are butter-coloured and optimised for desert operations seen at “1:54 mins”. At 2:03 mins, it is again seen from the side driving across an unpaved area.
Thanks to Oga Henry, LIFE MEMBER of the High Council of Beegeagle’s Blog, for this very, very important and revelatory find and thank you to Augustine for a first effort in positively identifying what, after carefully watching this video and in the face of further evidence, I can say CATEGORICALLY, is the CS/VP3 MRAP.
Action..congrats, Nigeria. Way to go. EQUIP the military so you can hold them accountable if they fail to do their bit. NO…it does not have to be of Western origin to make sense.
God bless our embattled nation of proud people.