A freshly delivered Chinese-built CS/VP3 BigFoot Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle of the Nigerian Army’s Guards Brigade.
This is the first photo of a BigFoot MRAP which is not painted in desert camouflage scheme as was the case with first cycle deliveries and this unit is armed with two 12.7mm heavy machine guns.
The BigFoot MRAP was inducted into Nigerian Army service during the second half of 2014. Manufactured by Poly Technologies Incorporated, the BigFoot MRAPs were swiftly acquired in the wake of rebuffed attempts at acquiring MRAPs declared surplus to requirement after the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States military.
As recently as two weeks ago, fresh supplies of brand-new BigFoot MRAPs were spotted on tank transporters by Beegeagle’s Bloggers in Lagos, as the powerful vehicles were being transported to places inland.
The BigFoot MRAP has been crucial to convoy protection duties in the volatile Far Northeast of Nigeria where Nigerian troops are battling against murderous insurgents.