AN ARRAY OF MADE-IN-NIGERIA IGIRIGI ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY REVEALED

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37 Responses to AN ARRAY OF MADE-IN-NIGERIA IGIRIGI ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY REVEALED

  1. Henry says:

    Not Inkas Oga beeg, Igirigi APC’s.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      This is fantastic, congratulations are in order to all Oga’s and B Eagle, it seems the efforts and discussions on the sight are being noted and paying off. Nigeria has started to walk tall, before you know it a light wheeled tank would be on the horizon, once this made overseas jinks is broken , many to come, Navy building it;s ships, NAF trying out on drones, Once things fall into place Nigerian cannot be stopped. real dream come true, Imagine when our allies see us all decked out in our own Military Vehicles. The overseas shops now know that if you fake the funk your sales would slow, they have accidental and unintendedly pushed us in the write direction.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Lol..that is true. I moved straight here from the “INKAS LAPV” thread and was keyed into that mode whilst I was posting this thread.

    Restart..

  3. mcshegz says:

    Welcome to Nigeria’s Military Industrial Complex, cheiiiiiii, see rugged Igirigi’s…… cheesussssssss
    Oga Buchi. I respect your hustle sir.

  4. beegeagle says:

    I am reliably informed that a batch of 25 units of IGIRIGI APCs was supplied to the NA in 2014.

    • Henry says:

      25 units in 2014 is a great start. The LAV’s entered service in December of 2013. It’s a good step for us.

      Success for us, is if we can be able to supply our LAV and MRAP needs with locally produced vehicles.

    • Ola says:

      I’m SCREAMING with delight here! YES YES YES, this is what I’ve been longing for. Time to roll out APCS from our industrial complex too! After now, I hope we’d even see more variants, designed both for the police and the army. Hopefully, we’d have MRAPS coming from us too!

  5. asorockweb says:

    Nice.

    So the NA has voted for the IGIRIGI.

    These LAVs have been used in combat, so the NA now know enough to total commit to it, or not.

    If the NA commits, then we should be talking about 100s.

    We need a plant that can produce 10-20 a month.

    Once we have that, then we should start thinking of banning LAVs that are not produced in Nigeria; that means that the police and all the paramilitaries will be compelled to buy made in Nigeria LAVs.

    The police, the states, along with the private sector, are the biggest buyers of LAVs in Nigeria.

    • Deway says:

      Suffice it to say that the NA Engineers for the purpose of income generation could use the Igirigi template to produce bullion vans for banks. Income generated could easily feed into upping production levels to sustain military requirements. 25 Igirigis per year, not bad; but we need to consider attrition rates.

      • Are James says:

        And they say this blog does not have the most intelligent Nigerians?. Infact if I were the FG I would ban the importation of armoured trucks or do some creative import tariffing to guarantee a market for a variant of the Igirigi for bullion vans and urban policing.
        The S.Africans are coming with their own as well, same thing applies. For Mekahog they should be made to increase local value add steadily from say 25% to 65% in three years for guarantee of 100% government patronage.

  6. ocelot2006 says:

    Wow….Army Engineers have reeeeeeeeaaaally been busy. That’s a long line. We can swap out all the Ford rangers and Hiluxs (xcept the Landcruiser pickups though) for these babies, Streit Spartans MK3s and INKAS LAPVs + the much heavier Bigfoot MRAPs. Give the light skinned vehicles to the NPF or reassign them to Military Police Units.

  7. Tobey says:

    NICE!! Now, we can conclude that production is in full swing..with an average 30 units per year, we should have well over a hundred by the first quarter of 2016..if we can build our own L.A.V, then a 30mm IFV is not rocket science..Oga beegs, any ideas on the specs of the IGIRIGI?

    • ozed says:

      Plus a tracked variant, with proper battlefield amour. Mounting the locally made Zaki anti tank wire guided missiles (No mind me ooo, but nothing wrong with a little make believe).

      • giles says:

        abeg wich one be locally made Zaki
        anti tank wire guided missiles,have we started producing anti tank missiles

  8. Eugene4eveR says:

    Just wondering why we havn’t up-graded our Light Armoured Vehicles with strap on armour? NOT expensive, heavy ERA, but 3 plates of 1/2″ to 1″ steel plates depending on weight. Both front and rear plates will be rigid, while the center plate will be movable when struck.

    • Eugene4eveR says:

      Middle plate will hopefully deform and break the gun rounds during transit between plates. In effect, a cheap Elastic Reactive Armour against 23mm rounds.

    • Tobey says:

      Armour strapping on a LAV? That defeats the purpose of the platform in the first place..these assets are not combat vehicles, rather they are for infantry mobility..additional armour means slower pace..also, a domestic military asset is meant to be tailored to meet domestic needs and specifications..the IGIRIGI might be mounted with a 12.7mm HMG, but that doesn’t make it an IFV..let’s keep them light, affordable and easy to maintain. Good job to the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers..this must be a result of the recent visit to Proforce Ltd…Now, let’s get the IFV.

  9. beegeagle says:

    I listened to General Olusegun Obasanjo this evening on the BBC and that man just might be grappling with the onset of a loss of touch with reality.

    Asked why the NA are posting such a patchy showing against BH, the national elder said “Poor training, poor equipment and poor leadership”

    Indeed, that was coming from a stingy clown under whose watch the demobilisation of the military commenced. Was it not OBJ who used the MPRI to undercut the military in a bogus effort at professionalisation, leading to a famous spat with General SVL Malu?

    What did OBJ acquire for the NA during his 8-year tenure as C-in-C? He left us with the T55 relics which he acquired in the 1970s! We got 67 MT-LBs in lieu of assistance for PKOs – free.

    What else..204 Cobra APCs, 18 BTR-70s, 40 BTR-3 IFVs+7 BTR-3 APCs. Finish. Does that amount to US$120 million spent on the NA in 8 years? He really should feel ashamed talking to anybody about poor equipment. Mscheew, Baba Ijebu.

    • Are James says:

      A real dinosaur that one. He was also slow with the Niger Delta crisis when he was in government and at the last minute scrapped for funds to buy Cobras, Singapore Kinteics biats and the F7s. I imagine at the meeting where decisions were taken he dominated all conversations and called the aircraft something archaic like “fighter bomber”. The problem with this one, no one knows as much as him and no one matches his intellect. Not even Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Plato, Aristotle and Mozart combined.

  10. Kay says:

    There should be plans for an amphibious variant.

  11. Saleh says:

    Lovely. keep the igirigi coming

  12. beegeagle says:

    They spent US$251m on 15 new F7s.
    The upgrade package on the MiG 21 to MiG 21-2000 cost a mere US$2.5 million at that time. He should have upgraded 12 MIGs and 4 trainer variants for US$40m by 2002 at the latest and placed orders for 12+2 FGA/trainer variants of pre-owned Su-27s in 2006 before leaving office.

    Dunno why he wont get his face off television screens. Dude was a military joke as C-in-C circa 1999-2007.

  13. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Sorry typo on earlier post, was too exited.
    This is fantastic, congratulations are in order to all Ogas and the Shogun, B Eagle, it seems the efforts and discussions on the sight are being noted and paying off. Nigeria has started to walk tall, before you know it a light wheeled tank would be on the horizon, once this made overseas jinks is broken , many to come, Navy building it;s ships, NAF trying out on drones, Once things fall into place Nigerians cannot be stopped. real dream come true, Imagine when our allies see us all decked out in our own Military Vehicles. The overseas shops now know that if you fake the funk your sales would slow, they have accidental and unintendedly pushed us in the right direction.

  14. beegeagle says:

    Hmn..dem try.

    Trying to count using the turrets.There must be something like fifteen Igirigi APCs in that line-up. Stretches as far as the eyes can see.

  15. lachit says:

    caged armor could be fitted to IGIRIGI APCs.the picture below provides a brief rough idea

  16. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, Lachit.

    Sure you know that the APC in that photo was one of the trial production variants from 2013.

    The IGIRIGI has since then undergo redesign and modification work and looks much better overall. See the frontpage of this blog for a close-up shot.

  17. sizzorkay says:

    http://qz.com/343757/yes-nigerias-on-the-brink-but-thats-no-cause-for-alarm/

    Sorry guys, thought this was an OK write up, so thought i should share it. It was on Yahoo main page, for those interested.

  18. jimmy says:

    M Y OGAS
    I do not know why people keep listening to him, OBJ could of done a lot more but did the leastfor the services, In the case of procurement it was an abysmal failure with the UN telling us if we want to participate in UN keeping we need to buy our Own APCS IF WE WANT TO GET REIMBURSED.
    MY MUM was born in ABEOKUTA same generation gap as BABA and to see what baba has become in my eyes is a crushing disappointment I do not advocate kiss- and -tell- books but the book written by his first wife ( Remi Obasanjo), describes an uncontrollable libido, and what Iyabo wrote about him a megalomaniac NARCISSIST coupled with a third term agenda defined him in my eyes.
    I remember back in the early days of GEJ’S regime Beegs had written a plain thread about the F.G. buying 5,000 ak-47s and oh maybe 100 thin skinned Toyota Hiluxes suddenly the venom started spewing thick fast and in a hurry and some of them were not pretty towards the f.g.about the “thin skinned Toyota Hiluxes at first the f.g as is the case were wont to put their head in the sand eventually though the concept of the Igirigi grew into a reality, for that I give the GEJ kudos
    OBJ? ……. err WE HAVE THE OBJ6 /7 ak-47 which even the NA and everyone else realizes is obsolete hence the clamor for the AK-74 this is likely to be the future standard issue of the NA
    OBJ just wants attention and the worst thing a sitting president can do is to keep giving it to him it becomes a monster.that constantly needs to be fed. He did not do anything tangible for the NA in hindsight 20/20 it is better the poor relations between America and Nigeria when you are deprived of stuff you go make your own ( IGIRIGI, DRONES ) OR YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
    Russia, China, Canada, Czech, Poland, Ukraine.

    • Augustine says:

      OBJ might have be afraid of re-equipping the military for fear of coup plotters getting powerful weapons to defeat his Guards Brigade. My guess.

      • Are James says:

        Yes but why buy F7 ‘fighter bombers’ when there were better alternatives?.
        Why did the NAF not buy SU 25s/27s and keep the ignition keys and bombs in Aso Rock as reassurance?. This people are just lacking in national power and prestige vision.

      • jimmy says:

        AND WHO KEEPS THE BOMBS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL BLDG?

      • sizzorkay says:

        Keep the keys and bombs in Aso Rock? You mean the same place the President lives? haha, that’s a weird place to keep live munitions lol.
        Besides, if there is an emergency anywhere within the country, so someone will have to run to Abuja to get the keys to the Jets? that just won’t fly.
        Assets are placed strategically all over a Nation, any Nation. Never place your military asset in one place

      • Are James says:

        Just a joke to show the absurdity of trying to starve your own country’s armed forces of weapons so that they don’t overthrow you. At least buy the weapons but keep the firing pins in your bedroom so that they will be available when you need them to beat off a foreign invasion or something but keeping the armed forces weak as a security measure is the worse strategy.

      • Are James says:

        Alternatively expand the Guards Brigade into an elite division versed in intra city fighting and custodian of strategies for defending Abuja. Iran is a good example.
        Iran set up Revolutionary Guards as an elite force designed to counter any internal dissent especially from within the army first then as a vehicle for political ideology/theological projection and finally as a military force projection vehicle in service of the country’s foreign policy.

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