Nigerian Army troops and Nigerian Navy ratings and their operational vehicles pictured in the background. A Landcruiser truck painted in desert camouflage is parked behind a black-coloured Ford Ranger truck.

Looming large in the horizon is what is easily the most impressive acquisition made by the Nigerian military since the September 2010 start of the insurgency – an A-Class 15 ton CS/VP3 BigFoot Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, manufactured by Poly Techonologies Inc of China.

To put it mildly, a long overdue breath of fresh air at the battlefront..


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  1. tim says:

    That will be plateau state not jos……..I also have tons of pics of navy peeps wearing that type of camo, and the uk british type strip desert camo

  2. tim says:

    North east because of the intensity and manpower is almost basically army and airforce show.

  3. beegeagle says:

    OK..this is MAIDUGURI. Not Jos, not Plateau State.

    First of all, the video insert seen above certainly passed through this same position and the Channels TV report made it clear that this is Maiduguri.


    the ONLY difference between these photos is the soldier wearing kneepads in the foreground. The difference is a matter of ASPECT. The photo was shot from before the checkpoint while the video was shot right at the checkpoint. You can even see that the naval rating wearing sunglasses is exactly the same chap standing in the same place in both photos and the two flak-jacketed soldiers standing by the roadside as seen in both photos are the same people. There is also a partial view of sandbags visible in the video screengrab. Notice the green-tinged sandbag at the top of tge heap in both photos?

    Secondly, the source of this fresh photo also stated that this is Maiduguri

  4. Buchi says:

    Feeling a little bit relieved

  5. camouflage1984 says:

    Oga Beeg the latest find is that the NA now fields the Spartan APC. There are pics on Nairaland of the APC

  6. beegeagle says:

    Alvis Spartan APCs have been around before now. There are photos in the archives here. On the other hand, the BigFoot MRAP has not even registered in any equipment transfer logs as I write because it is such a recent acquisition, certainly been around for less than six months.


    Or are you referring to the Streit Spartan Mk.II APC as popularised by the Police Force?

    In the days ahead, we shall show readers a photo of a really lovely APC of the Police Mobile Force. There are a few of them visibly positioned around Abuja and I posted a photo of one example a few years ago. We also mentioned the fact that they were heavily deployed in a conflict-ridden highland area during joint military-police operations to weed out militiamen.

    Watch this space.

  7. Henry says:

    I believe that Un-known MRAP might be American made.

  8. beegeagle says:

    My man! How now? I wouldn’t call what I am going to show to you gentlemen an MRAP. It is a light, compact and turreted armoured carrier which looks really easy on the eye.

    E fine nor be small. Assuming that its ballistic protection is stern enough, it won’t be a bad one operating in sync with some of the NA’s light armoured vehicles. At least, it is better than rolling in indifferent soft-skinned trucks…you know which.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Mek I nor use suspense finish una. 🙂 I shall post the photo of the said MOPOL light armoured vehicle sometime this afternoon or evening.

    • Are James says:

      While waiting for the picture I can say with near certainty that it was probably donated to MOPOL by a state gov’t.

  10. drag_on says:

    2014 RIMPAC games about to start in the pacific.

  11. rka says:

    Sorry to go off topic Oga Beeg, but does anyone know what service this former Irish OPV is headed, Custom, Off-Shore Oil protection, NN?


    • drag_on says:

      This will contrast to her new career in which her role will be in entering the charter market in the oil-field industry which will involve transferring technicians and workers to platforms. In addition to transporting inspector’s and auditors to installations and others associated in the energy and exploration industry.

      In the meantime, her delivery voyage to waters off the mid-western African state, will involve a slow steaming-fuel efficient passage taking approximately 3 weeks to complete.


      • rka says:

        I suspected as much as it was bought privately. Thought I would throw the question out there because you never know sometimes with middlemen and military procurement.

      • Are James says:

        Just imagine all the kinds of work that is coming in the next few years to even the modestly market positioned dockyards in the gulf of guinea region. A steady stream of big money coming from maintenance, modifications & refitting of Naval and private security vessels. Maybe I need to start moving my money now.lol.

  12. buchi says:

    pls forgive me oga beegs and my fellow bloggers.i have a big burden i want to offload here and i need your tremendous wealth of knowledg. i would like to know if the nigerian airforce has a conversion program which enables airmen/airwomen who came in via Direct Short Service Course to switch over to tougher intensive field operations(QRS,piloting).i am a student about to complete my ND program by the end of this year.i have intense love for planes and the nigerian airforce.however i am very afraid that if i go thru the DSSC means that i may end up behind a desk (which i hate passionately) i know that we do not have a lot of platforms but i am willing to bring creativity and innovation bound with patrotism.pls i need sound advice to calm my fears.

    • jimmy says:

      oga buchi
      Complete the one year process first, prove yourself, and then you can put in a transfer.
      With the amount of intense work, pressure that the armed forces are going through right now as long as you prove yourself and remember their are people ahead of you , you will be fine. Good luck.

  13. asorockweb says:

    Some news from the North East

    Things to note:
    1) NA ambushes BH
    2) A night engagement on the periphery of the sambisa forest


    NA don’t forget: Boko Haram will attack again almost immediately – just to show that they were not defeated in the engagement.

  14. jimmy says:

    OGA BEEGS This is new, it appears the U.S. and Nigeria stung by words in the press on both sides have decided to work together professionally. The US soldier shown is very likely SF (and what is easily identifiable as a contour map it does appear for now they are as the picture shows – are sharing real raw data intelligence let us hope.) , The Nigerian Soldier to the right with the patch on his Soldier is most def SF.
    stay tuned apparently what we took for a lull is no lull they are just doing a lot of stuff underneath the surface.

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Jimmy,

      The picture in the article appears to have been taken during a multi-national exercise, maybe the one that was staged in Senegal awhile ago.

      It is definitely not the North East.

      • jimmy says:

        I am puzzled to the best of my knowledge nigerian troops have not trained with senegalese at least not this year.oga asorock not doubting just need more explaination. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • asorockweb says:

        There was a US AFRICOM exercise in Senegal; I believe it was last year or the year before.

        I am not sure about the timing and the location, but take a closer look at the personnel and their gear.

      • Henry says:

        Oga jimmy, those guys aren’t even nigerian soldiers. That’s not our Camo, plus when did we start using M-4 carbines.

    • igbi says:

      That photo is a very old one which I came across last some years ago.

    • Deway says:

      They are Ghanaian troops, that’s their uniform/camo

  15. jimmy says:

    Lovely jobbly to the NA expect a reprisal attack Different village by the weekend .Please the naf needs to be alive to its responsibilities.With such a massive haul expect the bh to attack a rural police station or army barracks probably by fri/sat/ sun this aint rocket science.
    They have to be prepared to inflict more massive casualties on the bh it has to be said: at some point a video of this ops has to be released to the press better that the NA do it , edit, censor it on their own terms than have some irresponsible idiot do it on you tube.
    This is my constructive 2 KOBOS remember to the folks at the NA PR DEPT this is the role of social media it is here to stay, best to blow your trumpet because as we seen no one else is;(.

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