MADE-IN-NIGERIA IGIRIGI ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS ALREADY SEEING ACTION IN THE FAR NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA

SOURCE: ARMEE CAMEROUNAISE

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91 Responses to MADE-IN-NIGERIA IGIRIGI ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS ALREADY SEEING ACTION IN THE FAR NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA

  1. CHYDE says:

    Nice pics, dont forget to water mark them o

  2. asorockweb says:

    Nice to see the troops using the Igirigi.

    The police should look into using the Igirigi as well, even though they might not want to use an army product.

    Also, the ministry of foreign affairs should take money from it’s “good will” budget and buy some for friendly African neighbours like Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Imagine the Igirigi helping protect hospitals and dispense medical supplies in a chaotic Liberian town.

    • saleh says:

      If only you know the envy our suppose Ecowas brothers have for us you won’t want to give our igigiri as gifts to them. When the APC makes its name they will beg to be allowed to buy. That’s the only way it will be valued

      • superboi79 says:

        Saleh, I disagree with you brushing the whole ECOWAS like that. I meet with anglophone ECOWAS counterparts in training and I can tell you that all the Liberian and S/L’s I’ve met adore Nigeria and Nigerians… In fact the Ghanaian (were we usually train) clearly show Jealousy when they talk about how good Nigerian have been to them. Even the more exposed Ghanaian aren’t not envious of Nigeria but always feel Nigeria is under performaning and holding the region back.

      • saleh says:

        Lol @superboi I have worked with them for years and in their country now, pls take it as a fact. The Liberian look on military stuff not made in USA as highly inferior and would discard military items donated by others even though the US have not given them a substitute. One case is playing out now with items donated by china. Anyway let us don’t derail the thread. Send ur fone number to seladi18@gmail.com if u never more facts

  3. Henry says:

    Beautiful Armoured personnel carrier. This is what I’ve been advocating for. I see no reason why this APC shouldn’t replace the Panhard VBL and Otokar cobra APC’s in N.A service.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Henry, we need to ask for the specs of Igrigi, we don’t know it’s speed and ballistic protection level etc. We don’t even know what engine it has…..petrol or diesel….Chinese or German?

      All the same we love it and support Igirigi APC because it is proudly Nigerian. However our army should tell us more about it so we can recommend it with our loudspeakers. Not easy to market a product we know nothing about it’s technical specifications.

      • Henry says:

        Oga Augustino, in truth, I don’t need to know the technical details. I’m of the opinion that we have to start somewhere, and this is a perfect start in my book.

        How did the south-african industry kick-off, just like this. If you don’t shoot the ball, you don’t know whether you’re going to score or miss.

        Proforce defence can provide armouring up to level B-7. These things are available in nigeria, we must patronise naija made products.

        The local demand is huge enough to make this vehicle profitable. We don’t need to market it at this time. We must first meet our local demand.

      • kenee2k says:

        Very cogent and imperative question, it’s not about the looks but ability and fit for purpose deployment. From what i gather please correct me if im wrong it barely meets STANAG 2.

        It is essentially a lightly armoured vehicle and it is certainly not an infantry fighting vehicle to be used in a frontal assault.

        We still are yet to procure, fit for purpose IFV’s. I still do not buy the idea that the west will not sell weapons to us, this is about strategic diplomatic manoeuvring, not posturing from the media. Furthermore there are other western countries that will meet our requirement, we just need to do the diplomatic lobbying behind the scenes to get best value.

      • Henry says:

        If your source for ballistics protection is Defenceweb.co.za, they mixed up the IGIRIGI and Proforce PF1 vehicle specifications.

        No one is saying it’s an IFV or a frontline vehicle, however it is a good addition to the army’s LAV class. There are multiple benefits of employing this vehicle in nigeria which I cannot begin to numerate. It’s ballistics protection level can be up-graded in-country if the need requires. There are 3 known Armouring companies in Nigeria.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Obscured from view by the trunk of a Neem (Dogonyaro) tree is a Streit Spartan Mk.III APC

  5. peccavi says:

    What an awesome sigth.
    Nigerian vehicles in use by Nigerian soldiers.
    One day it will be all Nigerian kit all the time
    Is that a 50cal in the turret?

    • ozed says:

      Seems like a 50 cal. All they need now is to up gun the turret to 20mm, and put some ceramic applique armor on the frontal arc, and it will be good by to the technicals!!!

      • asorockweb says:

        To mount a 20mm, we will need a new vehicle.

        20mm rounds are much larger than 12.7mm rounds, that means you will need more space for the hundreds of large rounds, the larger gun, and the more rigid feed mechanism.

        That usually means a significantly large torrent or an automated remote torrent.

        combine that with your suggestion of up-armouring, what we have then is the IGIRIGI IFV;

        Can’t wait.

  6. Tobey says:

    Nice pics..was PROFORCE involved? Anyway, we would really like to know the specs..Nice job N.A.

  7. beegeagle says:

    No, PROFORCE were not involved.

    The IGIRIGI APC is the brainchild of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME). PROFORCE have their own solid range of vehicles though (see JULY 2013 archives)

  8. Are James says:

    Wow.
    This is amazing. I never new they could get it into production and operation so fast. He be like the ac sef na die. Does anybody no the STANAG 2920 rating for the armouring?. If it is not classified.

  9. jimmy says:

    oga SALEH
    i met a Liberian women in the states @ a shopping mall when I was in a heated argument with my mum as she was telling me we had no biz being in liberia. She heard us arguing and inquired whether we were Nigerians when I said yes she curtsied in broad day light as if to kneel down and SHE SAID ” THANK GOD FOR THE NIGERIANS” my Mother never ever argued against our deployment to LIBERIA. There are some Ecowas countries that really appreciate what we did to stop their country from total disintegration

    • saleh says:

      My brother that is a minority. Most think we had a lot to gain, u can send me a mail

    • doziex says:

      Oga Jimmy, I also have met a lot of the Ingrates oga saleh is talking about.

      As I said on some thread yesterday, NO MORE FREE LAUNCHES

      If they want training at NA institutions, let them pay.

      If they want our APCs, let them pay.

      It is good that Obama is sending 3000 troops to Liberia, let the American’s for once to their own dirty work, and stop looking to use NA troops.
      Since they get all the praise, they should do all the work.
      same goes for UK and sierra leone.

      There are so many token gestures fellow African countries could take to show their gratitude for Nigeria’s long standing assistance to them.

      But they simply take us for granted, so they wouldn’t do it.

      So, Nigeria needs to turn inwards, and help Nigerians 1st.

      Those that want our help, must now work hard to earn it.

  10. ozed says:

    Oga Beeg, how come the pix are from the Camerounian army?

  11. jimmy says:

    What a lovely sight.

  12. Akin Oges says:

    Whaooo… A delightful sight to behold. No more importation of APC’s of this class (the Panhard VBL and Otokar Cobra). I can roughly surmise that $50 million will give us about 150 or 200 units of this monster. More important is the ancillary gain of benefitting our local industries. Way to go! Oga Beeg thanks for serving it hot and spicy Sir. Em… my Oga remember to watermark these things. You sabi sey you be soup wey sweet now, everybody wey nor work wan come chop for free. Usai…!!

  13. beegeagle says:

    @Oga Ozed

    This is probably one of those transitional zones on the borderline. Sirius Black used to post such photos from the borderlands. Think Fotokol and Gamboru or Banki and Amchide. Troops and security operatives from both countries stand within arm’s length of each other in those parts. The idea appears to be hammer-and-anvil tactics during hot pursuit manoeuvres when insurgents attack in one country and flee to the other.

  14. asorockweb says:

    These pictures say so much.

    Notice that the troops would rather pack themselves like sardines into pickup trucks and light trucks, rather than ride inside the IGIRIGI.

    Did someone forget to add AC to the IGIRIGI?

  15. beegeagle says:

    In the photo in question which shows an Igirigi APC, a Hilux troop carrier, a Landcruiser truck and two Mitsubishi Fuso 3-ton trucks, the doors of the APC are closed. What is to say that the maximum carrying capacity has not been reached?

  16. The black 4×4 looks like one of those command vehicles we saw on parade during the last Nigeria army day in 2013. I think there are about 3 Igirigi in and 1 cobra in the second pic.

  17. beegeagle says:

    The IGIRIGI APC has since had a makeover…not least a change in the driveline. It was not meant to go battle with Hilux tyres.

  18. gbash10 says:

    Gentlemen, a little deviation from thread,I saw a lone fighter jet that has grey and white camouflage painting, it had a pointed nose,with a similar vertical stabilizer like our F-7,and other MiG-21 variants.
    To cut the story short, I checked my military aircrafts photo album,and it points to the Kfir/F-21 Block 60.
    Please Oga Xnurr and Solorex,what do you think ? any other person in the house ?

    • asorockweb says:

      If it’s similar to the F-7, why don’t you think it is the F-7?

      • Are James says:

        The two aircrafts only look similar at the back. The F7NI engine intakes are in front with visible openings for air to pass to pass to the engines. The Kfir Block 60 on the other hand has a very long ugly nose that the winch Israelis somehow managed to put an AESA radar inside. The Kfir nose is pointed like a pencil.

    • Kay says:

      All this lone sightings of single and double units might indicate ‘evaluation phases’? From Tucanos, JF 17 and a possible Kfir. Wouldn’t make economic sense to have too much varieties.

      Guess for now, I’ll be on the fence regarding any acquisition until I hear it deployed in action on the NE frontline.

      • Are James says:

        That is what I suspected as well. Evaluation aircraft. I am still rooting for Block 60 though.
        And btw Nigeria might decide there is nothing wrong with variety which I would agree with. The variables are just too many. Price, international politics, cost of operations, different mission types.

    • superboi79 says:

      Oga Gbash, well done.
      If it has the F 7N profile but a pointed nose then I think it easier to assume it’s a JF 17, don’t you think so too?
      If no why not?

      • gbash10 says:

        @ Superboi,it was not a JF-17 because of the MiG-21 style vertical stabilizer and there was no black plume trailing behind,it was not an Alpha jet because of the camouflage and the vertical stabilizer,it was not an F-7 because of the pointed nose,though not like the ugly,long nose of the Ex-South African Air Force Cheetah,a variant for the Kfir.
        Hmmm…. I can not just understand this mystery put forward by the NAF!

      • Are James says:

        So it is down to the degree of ugliness of the long nose. We will get to the truth very soon.

    • tim says:

      I am in mkd at the moment,I can attest that a jet flew in today. ….and also saw some igiriri used my yhe guards brigade in abj…2 igiriri to be precise

  19. Are James says:

    Pointed nose, canards attached to engine, it just might be Block 60.

  20. beegeagle says:

    It is a lot bigger, Are, because its driveline has been changed. Take note of the larger silhouette and sturdier wheels. Other details classified.

  21. drag_on says:

    This is one proud Nigerian.

  22. asorockweb says:

    Oga beegs,

    This is the picture of the tank from the defense HQ website (thank rka for spotting it).
    It looks like the Oplot.

    defencehq.mil.ng

  23. G8T Nigeria says:

    Good news. The Nigerian Army would have to work on soldiers uniforms for uniformity. I hrd they are working on it. The pic would look more lovely if only our troops wore same uniforms and sat orderly in vehicles. I think we should also stay clear of single engine aircraft, thus shelve and plan for kfir block 60. If chad can afford two MIG 29, NAF can therefore afford MIG 35/SU 30-35 in great numbers.

  24. beegeagle says:

    I posted in the wrong thread, Oga Asorock. Was not talking about the DHQ link.

    What I was referring to is the photo in that SAHARA REPORTERS weblink. That is a MT-LB on the transporter

  25. AOk says:

    Sorry wrong pic
    AgustaWestland AW101-641 - ZR344/NAF280 - Nigerian Air Force

    • Are James says:

      Any thing without rocket pods and missile launchers is not viewed with affection for now.

      • asorockweb says:

        Haha. Correct.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga Are James. I respect your hustle sir.
        hehehehe, how can you look at this bird, and not fall in love, ehnn, oga, i know say secretly, you dey admire the bird, talk true, e fine die, :-0🙂 but i feel your pain sir, one can only look on the bright side, these acquisitions should at least free the AW139’s for more arduous tasks. Apparently AugustaWestland and the likes will quickly sell us helicopters like these rather than gunships, we might as well keep on patronizing this market, acquiring transport and vvip helicopters from Europe and America, giving us access to their latest civil technology which can be easily militarized, while we dedicate same effrontery to gunships in their numbers from the east, as we’ve already seen, the gunships are coming in sir, they are coming in. lolo

  26. drag_on says:

    Vanguard News report on the death of shekau2.
    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/boko-haram-leader-abubakar-shekau-killed-investigations/?

    ……Vanguard gathered that when the first attack on Konduga whereby hundreds of insurgents were taken unawares and killed after over seven hours of fighting and several of their colleagues, arms and ammunition captured, the military commanders strategically urged his captured members to send a message to Shekau that they (insurgents) have routed the troops.
    Before the captured insurgents were urged to make the contact and deliver the message, the military commanders had promised them that their cooperation would play a role in the level of punishment to be meted to them after the battle hence they felt reassured.SHEKAU
    Also, the captured insurgents had disclosed that Shekau usually moved in a convoy of cars painted in military colours while he sits in a MOWAG Armoured tank with Boko Haram inscription on its front.
    When Shekau was contacted, his captured men spoke to him in Arabic, assuring him that they had taken over Konduga, thereby giving him the all clear to proceed from Sambisa Forest. To convince him further, a set of his men captured were told to sing the victory song in Kanuri language they normally sing at the background.
    Having convinced himself that the messenger was his chief courier in such situation and the message is authentic, he and his followers made for Konduga, heavily armed with Anti-Aircraft weapons, General Purpose Machine Guns, several AK 47 rifles and other IEDS’.
    However, on entering Konduga town, he and his followers were encircled by strategically placed and heavily armed Nigerian soldiers. Immediately he contacted the messenger and discovered that something was amiss, he ordered his followers to start shooting in all direction.
    This spurred the Army Commanders to give the directive to open fire. When he discovered that the fire power of the Nigerian Army who used both Infantry and Artillery weaponry was overpowering that of his men, he jumped out of the MOWAG and made to escape.
    But eagle-eyed Nigerian Soldiers spotted him and opened fire in him, shattering his legs in the process. It was learnt that he also received bullet wounds in other parts of his body leading to his bleeding to death……

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga drag_on. I respect your hustle sir.
      Talk about operational tactics, now that’s what i call a clean win for DHQ, the way and manner with which this nonentity was enticed out of hiding like a rat to cheese, just goes to show the dexterity that exist within Nigeria. Facts, not fiction, evidence, not suggestions or insinuations, #VictoryforNigeria indeed. This also goes to show the real value in capturing enemy combatants, very reliable and accurate information can be garnered from these lot, they can also be used to send deceiving but believable messages to their so called commander in arms. No doubt, this fills me with joy and optimism for the near future, Nigeria fights and wins her battles, no shaking. Omo this one na real action film, Nollywood, in collaboration with DHQ had better capitalize on these victory stories. No doubt, we are far from the finish line, if there’s one, but its evident, the clarion call is long and loud, all hail Nigeria. Keep fighting on heroes, we are proud of you.

    • Buchi says:

      Now dis is what I call strategy..oga gbash could u have spotted the same aircraft I saw over my area.it was also in grey nd white camo.pushed me to head out to google but still coudnt Identify it…i didnt make a great deal of sonic vibration and less noice and had a long pointed ugly front fuselage….oga are I hope it is not the kfir block cos with me its a no-no

  27. Oje says:

    Around 5 pm today i was at an electronic store in Port Harcourt to buy a new charger for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, there was a discussion amongst three men and believe it not one of them just came from the frontlines, not sure what he was doing in PH but well his story was captivating, it goes a long way in showing how ignorant the Nigerian public is of the great sacrifices our gallant soldiers are paying just so we can have our freedom. He talked about angry men in two Hilux trucks who drove to a public place and started firing indiscriminately with the Hilux mounted machine guns, mowing people down. He said for every boko haram member killed three more rises, he was emphatic on it. So great was the velocity of the volleys that the soldiers were generally pinned down where they were, THERE IS NO BRAVADO IN THE FACE OF HIGH VELOCITY ROUNDS. An army sniper he said had to take aim and shot the gunner on his forehead. Out of control the Hillux vehicle slammed into an electric poll with such force the high tension cables of the pole fell on the other van, roasting them in seconds. He said they were so burnt black it was impossible to identify them.

    This is rather interesting, the sort of action scenes we see in war movies like Rambo is exactly what is going on in the North East.

    • Are James says:

      Wow. I think it was @Augustine who was warning some time about a scoop he got from the front about large numbers of new BH recruits.

    • rugged7 says:

      Oga Oje,
      If 3more rise out of every one killed, wetin we go do naa?
      We are obviously not going to negotiate with the new 3.
      The answer is to neutralize them with extreme prejudice as soon as they pop up.
      The time for talking is over…

  28. SokotoBoy says:

    PERFECT ! let’s see what igirigi can do !

  29. doziex says:

    A lot of the NA soldiers in these pics, seem to be wearing snickers and tee shirts.

    This could be the merging of some of the CTJF with the larger NA force in progress.

    I think it’s a great Idea. I have long advocated for some members of MEND be incorporated into the NA.

    Sure quality would suffer some, but training and regimentation of the troops while deployed could help things out.

    However, a close source within the NA, also told me that mid level officers are being dismissed from NA, after they fail some ACADEMIC promotion exam the 3rd time.

    Methinks this is wrongheaded and counterproductive.

    WHY is NA dismissing experienced trained officers for not passing some academic exam ?
    HABA !!
    Who is going to lead these units of auxiliary CJTF being added to NA ?

    Who is going to professionalize them ?

    NA I beg make some of these decisions in a holistic, strategic fashion.

    Who dismisses NDA trained, Jaji trained mid level officers in the middle of a high casualty war ??

    • jimmy says:

      Oga Doziex
      I honestly am of mixed emotion because sometimes exams are hard to pass.However some of the questions asked are life and death questions.Unlike the professional exams we take and also they can ask their comrades.I know the UK only allows you take it twice.I am also hesistant to say mid level officers who have failed three times should not be dismissed after publicly calling for the outright dismissal of the commander in charge of Gwoza..This insurgency has taught us there is very little room for incompetent officers.However I would add one caveat if such officers have proved themselve as very good in combat they should be given one more year to pass,given tutorials provided they serve in combat areas i.e Borno and Adamawa.I believe that is fai

    • igbi says:

      If a soldier is wearing canvasses, it is probably because his boots are damaged and he needed to wear something before getting new boots from the army.
      The one thing Nigerian army will never play with is professionalism and disciplin. Therefor they will never add in people who have not recieved the training needed to make them soldiers. It is surprising that I have to say this.
      When you see officers who failed the promotion exam twice being retired then you know that there is no chance in hell that untrained peope would be wearing the uniform. To become a military man you must pass Zaria or Kaduna or one of the new recruitment and training centers. The Civilian JTF are very useful citizens, and are brave, if anything military training slots should be offered to the most disciplinned and intelligent among them and then tose ones can wear the uniform. If not the rest could be incorporated in the NSCDC to some extent, indeed you need to fish out the bad apples as well. MEND are criminals, and unpatriotic ones, there is no room for criminals in the armed forces.

    • igbi says:

      although, trained and disciplinned mend could be used as a military company a little bit like the french foreign legion but I insist that NA must train them and select the ones who would be armed), it would have its own seperate command and take orders directly from a colonel and watched over by SSS agents. The main difference between MEND and the civilian JTF is the law abiding thing.

    • asorockweb says:

      The officers cadre is a pyramid. You can only have x amount in each rank.

      If the right set of questions are asked, 3 tries is good enough.

      It’s either you move up, or you move out. If you stand still, you are taking someone else’s place.

      The casualty rate amongst the officers may not be as high as you think.

  30. Obix says:

    Oga Beeg, just curious. Doesn’t the Igirigi in the picture look so much like the STREIT GROUP COUGAR APC? Can you do some pictural comparison? Note: The UKrianian KRAZ company produces Spartan and Cougar APC now under license……

    • xkennx says:

      The Spartan and Cougar that is in Ukraine is still being built in Streit Factories. The Cougar is based on a Toyota 70 series chassis so its a very small vehicle.

      • Obix says:

        Thanks Xkennx for your clarification. But are you saying that the Spartan and Cougar vehicles are not produced at the Kraz Auto company, Kremenchuk, Ukraine? Can you clarify if the vehicle in the picture above is the Cougar or not?

      • xkennx says:

        The vehicle above is an Igirigi and not a Cougar (cougar could almost fit inside)

        Cougars are single pc bent steel, Igirigi is a wedge with overlapping sides.
        Cougar is TLC79 pickup based vehicle, Igirigi is Ford F-Series based vehicles.
        Cougar has a 16″ wheel, Igirigi is 20″ wheels.

        The pictures of Ukrainian units for national day were vehicles produced by Streit for AutoKraz. Just like the Pitbull in North America.

      • Obix says:

        Thanks once again. But i have to say that the news in Ukraine including in Wikipedia have it that the Cougar and Spartan are now being produced at KRAZ.

  31. gbash10 says:

    Chibok community are celebrating that their daughters will soon be back, boots on the ground.

  32. Martin Luther says:

    Gentle men on this blog have become more tolerant and much more respectful to each other’s opinions; congratulation to you all, just my observations.

    Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    • xkennx says:

      That 4XX deal is North Africa. West Africa and Central Africa the smaller APC (LAV) are the most popular choice from procurement departments.

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