PHOTO CREDIT: POST NIGERIA
Troops and a Steyr 4K 7FA armoured personnel carrier of the Nigerian Army. One observable trend in the theatre is that, unlike the standard Browning M2 12.7mm machine guns with which these Steyr APCs are normally associated, many more Steyr APCs such as this unit pictured above, now field DShK 12.7mm machine guns.
By a very wide margin, the most widely deployed machine gun in the NA is the Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm HMG. These can be seen on landing craft and river gunboats in the Niger Delta, on APCs, MRAPs and gun trucks.
Next on the perking order is the Browning M2 12.7mm HMG which is mounted on Panhard VBL armoured cars, most Steyr APCs, some Otokar Cobra APCs and on gun trucks.
The DShK 12.7mm HMG, almost certainly the Chinese-made variant thereof, has most visibly been fielded on dozens of Chinese-built river gunboats of the Amphibious Forces. Until recently, no DShKs were visible on any armoured vehicles and gun trucks.
The Nigerian Army are also increasingly having their combat assets upgunned with twin-barreled 14.5mm and 23mm guns. This commendable practice never used to be the case until the outbreak of hostilities in the Northeast, something which has bolstered creativity and improvisation on the part of officers and men of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME).
NAEME are quietly working in the field to keep tanks and armoured vehicles moving, weaponising hitherto unarmed APCs, fabricating gun shields and reconfiguring utility trucks into gun trucks.
A Panhard VBL M11 armoured car(foreground) and two MOWAG APCs (in the background) of the Nigerian Army at ALAGARNO.
PHOTO CREDIT: DAILY POST