HARDWARE SYSTEMS IN SERVICE AT THE FRONTLINES: MUBI THEATRE

A Bofors FH77B 155mm artillery piece and an IGIRIGI APC

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  1. Scary looking peice

  2. mubanks mohammed says:

    Beegeagle, have any of the Palmaria been deployed in the North East? Aside from that; have they been used in any conflict situation that you know of of? Which of our arty pieces has the longest range?

  3. Sir Kay says:

    Nigeria: Govt, U.S. Military Commence Ebola Vaccine Tests

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201505010432.html

    hope they don’t use this to spread some deadly disease in Nigeria, i don’t trust these people

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Nigerians are becoming like subservient fools, what research after failing to save Dr Adadevoh, is this not the same guys that had this to say about Nigeria, If our government follows them, them we might actually be have serious Nigger mentality, we have enough scientists and researchers

      The new operation is a major about-turn for the Nigerian Army since last May, when The New York Times reported the US government’s frustrations with Nigeria’s approach to fighting Boko Haram.

      Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, administration officials on Thursday offered an unusually candid and public assessment of the Nigerian military.
      “We’re now looking at a military force that’s, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage,” said Alice Friend, the Pentagon’s principal director for African affairs. “The Nigerian military has the same challenges with corruption that every other institution in Nigeria does. Much of the funding that goes to the Nigerian military is skimmed off the top, if you will.”
      The testimony also served as an opportunity for administration officials to pre-empt Republican criticism that the White House was slow to respond to the crisis. The problem, they said, rested more with Nigerian officials who ignored past American warnings to soften brutal tactics that only fueled Boko Haram’s insurgency.
      American surveillance aircraft, both manned and unmanned, are making flights over the heavily forested region in northeastern Nigeria where the girls are believed to be held. So far, there are few if any clues about the girls’ location.
      “We’re basically searching for these girls in an area that’s roughly the size of West Virginia,” Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said Thursday. “So it’s a tough challenge, to be sure.

  4. Julius says:

    http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/05/epic-watch-boko-haram-members-flee.html#more
    Did our military allow these criminals escape as shown in this video?

    • Deway says:

      Only to regroup and come back later. This is what has been happening.

    • Sir Kay says:

      That low cut hair woman, ugh, can’t stand her.
      That said, so bokos are running away, that’s weird, guess they didn’t want those virgins in paradise any more huh? And if these guys running away has been a daily occurrence, well, that’s a problem. I said it before, they need to quit letting these guys get away, this has been a vicious cycle for the past 6yrs, they run away, they come back, and over and over again. smh.

    • agee says:

      @Julius is it possible to determine if the terrorist where allowed to escape from that video? would the military allow channels have the footage if that’s the case? I don’t think there’s enough info on the footage to draw conclusions.

      • Sir Kay says:

        You are right, its simply a conclusion based on previous patterns. How many times have we heard military officials say terrorists were able to put their dead on trucks and run away. I mean, what were they ( military) doing while that was happening..
        Or some terrorists fled with gunshot wounds.
        So when you hear that a lot, its easy to come to such conclusion.

    • igbi says:

      That is an aerial video, showing the terrorists running away from an imminent battle with Nigerian soldiers. It is terribly wrong and misleading to ask this your question and to suggest it. We can’t keep blaming the military for everything happening under the sun.

    • igbi says:

      I know you are just curious and that is why you are asking the question. In all irony, my comment is more intended to those replying you than to you. So excuse me, asking a question is a natural thing and I encourage asking questions.

    • Deway says:

      Put this proves one thing though, the indispensability of the ATR42 MP ELINT aircrafts. So we need at least 2 more to saturate the area. I would want to see a fully loaded ground attack aircraft accompany every one of the ATR42s in the northeast. If the Jags were working, imagine the damage they would have done to those fleeing bokos.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        I am a Cat guy all the way, Those Sepcats are still the best at high speed and low level infiltration, They are the only aircraft the West never wanted Nigeria to have and the went ahead to kill it right in it’s nest. below is a quote from India newspapers from the IAF plans to keep it running, It is an unmatched low level specialist platform, whom has seen it’s ability break in and create havoc.

        Now, a key IAF concern is to rejuvenate its fleet of 123 Jaguars. In Bengaluru last month, IAF boss, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, highlighted the urgent need to put new engines on the Jaguar, a $2 billion (Rs 12,000 crore) procurement that the defence ministry has stalled for years.

        The IAF bases two Jaguar squadrons each in Ambala, Jamnagar and Gorakhpur. Termed “deep penetration strike aircraft”, the Jaguar is designed for low-level strikes against enemy ground targets: air bases, land forces and warships. Powerful engines are essential, since enemy radar would pick up the Jaguars’ ingress into enemy territory, and scramble fighters to intercept them.

        Said Raha, “[The Jaguar] is a very capable aircraft but it has some shortfalls in terms of engine power. We are also upgrading it by putting in an auto-pilot and some close combat missiles and an upgraded navigation system and weapon aiming systems.”

        The “re-engining programme” involves replacing the Jaguar’s underpowered Rolls-Royce Adour 804/811 engines with newer, more powerful engines. Poised to bag this contract is US firm, Honeywell, whose F-125N engine generates 43.8 KiloNewtons (kN) of thrust, significantly higher than the 32.5 kN of the Jaguar’s current engines.

        The defence ministry, however, is reluctant because Honeywell is the only vendor in the fray. In response to an IAF tender in 2010, British company Rolls-Royce declined to quote, apparently because it had no suitable engine. Pratt & Whitney, the other big US engine-maker, was unwilling to transfer technology.

        Ministry sources say Rolls-Royce muddied the water by lobbying for upgrading the Jaguar’s existing engine, rather than fitting a new one. With HAL manufacturing the new Adour Mk 871 engine for the IAF’s Hawk trainer, Rolls-Royce argued it could cheaply build an upgraded Adour engine for the Jaguar, with many common parts.

        After dithering for two years over this proposal, the defence ministry issued a fresh tender in October 2012, to which Honeywell offered the F-125N engine, and remains the sole bidder. The MoD remains undecided.

        On December 19, 2011, the government stated in Parliament that the Jaguar upgrade would be completed by December 2017. That is a far cry, with the contract still to be negotiated. Only, after that would Honeywell begin manufacturing the engines.

        Sections in the IAF argue it is wasteful to fit a powerful, new engine on 30-year fighters, many of which have already flown 4,000 of the 6,000 hours specified as the Jaguar’s service life. Others point out that fighters are routinely given service life extensions, after inspections of the air frame.

        To be sure, HAL has accumulated a high degree of expertise on the Jaguar, having manufactured many, overhauled the entire fleet and developed world-class navigational-attack systems (termed DARIN 2 and DARIN 3) that allow pilots to fly blind to a target hundreds of kilometres away, and release their bombs precisely.

        The Jaguar is also being equipped with lethal Textron CBU-105 “sensor fuzed weapons”, which the IAF procured in 2010 through the US government. This weapon, usually delivered over enemy tank concentrations, breaks up into a large number of smart “bomblets”, which guide themselves to the tanks and penetrate their turrets from above.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        I just love the cat’s whinning sound when it punches through, can get over it, nothing like it ever

      • lachit says:

        @Capt Tobias Wilcock
        Jaguars also have 2 overwing weapons pylon for carrying the AIM-132 ASRAAM WVR MISSILE ,and also RAFAEL’s Python 5 (already on board the Jaguar IM),
        generally jaguars dont have any radar on them
        but the maritime strike versions have been fitted with the israeli radars ie IAI/ELTA’s EL/M-2032 MMR
        will have to see weather the iaf ones are to be fitted with israeli el/m 2032 mmr radar.looks unlikely though,since the emphasis is on the navigation-and-attack suite.

        Raytheon has integrated its munitions control unit (MCU) on an IAF Jaguar IS testbed. The MCU is a plug-and-play system that enables integration of modern weapons on legacy aircraft with minimal modifications to aircraft wiring and no changes to the flight and stores management software. Once the MCU is integrated on an aircraft, aircrews can employ both existing standofff PGMs and air combat missiles while using the aircraft’s existing weapons management system.
        also the upgraded Jaguar IS is likely to be equipped/integrated with the following pod-mounted sensors depending on the mission ie the 196kg EL/M-20600 radar targetting pod (RTP) from IAI, RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems Litening laser designator pod,IAI/ELTA’s EL/L-8251 jamming pod and the RAFAEL-built RecceLite pod.
        in short these upgraded jaguars will be optimised for DEAD/SEAD missions

  5. Sir Kay says:

    Edward @DonKlericuzio · 1h 1 hour ago

    Cattle Herders known as Fulani’s have razed down 2 villages of ayaise&gaza in Donga county of Taraba Province NE Nigeria killing 22.

    Might be a good time to stop calling these people cattle herders. No normal cattle herder goes around killing people and razing down their homes.

  6. Are James says:

    Those Tom Polo ships, they are generating interest.http://www.newsinenglish.no/2015/04/30/admiral-regrets-sales-to-nigeria/

    • Roscoe says:

      The lesson should be to do Government to Government. and if you want the boats so bad and Norway wont sell em for whatever reason, use better shell companies. Hopefully owned by somebody named Government. Many countries do this when constrained by sanctions.

      Its all part of the mess that is called procurement, I think the issue is overstated some, the Norwegians are looking to lock some people up for this though, I hope the ships were @ least a good bargain for NIMASA.

      • Roscoe says:

        I meant.. hopefully NOT owned by somebody named Government (although he has the contracts though so that may not be fair). This Amnesty deal had some untidy side effects.

      • Colloid says:

        I hope they aint saying Nigeria is a terror nation? I think i love the fact that it’s Missile capable. BTW, is it Tompolo’s ship or NIMASA coz i dnt get the point in terming it Tompolo ship.

  7. buchi says:

    am beginning to like this beryls 2004 versions

  8. chynedoo says:

    Self driving army trucks

  9. Sir Kay says:

    NTA News @NTANewsNow · 38m 38 minutes ago

    234 women and children rescued through the Kawuri and Konduga end of the Sambisa Forest on Thursday by Nigerian troops, DHQ states

  10. rugged7 says:

    Boko Haram: Obama snubs Nigeria again, gives $35m military support to France
    May 2, 2015Premium Times

    President Barack Obama has ordered the release of $35 million worth of U.S. military and defence assistance to France which has been backing the military of Chad, Niger and Mali in the fight against jihadist group, Boko Haram, ignoring Nigeria that has been at the centre of the five-year insurgency.
    A press statement from the White House on Wednesday said the United States leader gave the support to enable France secure the three French-speaking African nations, who all share borders with Nigeria.
    In the White House statement, President Obama gave authority to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to facilitate the US assistance to Mali, Niger and Chad.
    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to direct the drawdown of up to $35 million in defense services of the Department of Defense to provide assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger, and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists, and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown,” the statement said.
    The omission is seen as another fallout of the strained relations between Nigeria and the United States over the Boko Haram war.
    Nigeria suspended a military training with the U.S. in 2014 after the Americans repeatedly blocked its effort to buy arms to fight Bok Haram.
    The US government denied Nigeria the sales of US-made Cobra fighter-helicopters. New information now have revealed that the sales were coming from Israel which had okayed the deal from its own inventory, but needed US approval since the fighter-helicopters were from America.
    The Israeli government under the terms of the US assistance cannot transfer the military helicopter to another foreign country except the US government approved it.
    The United States had criticised the Nigerian military’s human rights record and its handling of the Boko Haram crisis, particular the search for over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the group, from Chibok, Borno State.
    With the current administration winding down in less than a month, the American government now appears ready to provide improved assistance to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram, once the Muhammadu Buhari presidency takes office May 29.
    Last week in New York at the Time magazine Influential 100 people gala, top US government officials including Samantha Powers promised that the US will do more to support the search for the Chibok girls and the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria.

    • rka says:

      Look East, look East, when you see the rising sun.

      • Colloid says:

        It will be a great “betrayal” if the incoming government resuscitate any “buying” deal with the Obama led administration. The US had shown Daringly and Publicly the contempt and hatred they have for the Nigerian State. They have drawn the battle line with Nigeria and we mustn’t kowtow to them. Any military aid should be rejected with courtesy or betterstill considered “a trojan horse aid”–(that should be fully guided and put on surveillance) full of strings attached.
        An adage says: EVERY FREE GIFT HAS AN “HIDDEN” AGENDA. I really like the fact that this was not sent to Nigeria as this may be a trap.

        With Russians and Chinese weapons, we are able to achieve a FEAT: Destroying/Decimating World Second Brutal Terrorist Group Boko Haram and reclaim lost territories(the size of Belgium) in just 6 Weeks. Why was this feat possible? Just one Answer: BECAUSE WE MAKE USE OF “RUSSIAN” and “CHINESE” weapons. Not some kind of over rated/over priced platforms that are not winning war in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine or Yemen.

        Nigeria, it’s time we face the LAND OF THE RISING SUM than hyping about platform from the LAND OF THE SETTING SUN.
        #GodBlessNigeria
        #GodBlessNigerian Military

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Why do our Policy makers remain subservient in there approach, Always seeking assistance and help (Fine Bara/ begger), We have all we need ”in house (Manpower/Lessons learned, innovation, talent, equipment and new supply source). I hope we all realize there was an initial problem with the Russians to secure arms, since we were seen as a Puppet of the West and always in decisive ( maybe we were being non aligned), during the initial contacts for equipment and helicopters.,
      The Moth and the Flame. Don’t we see how helpful West has been for Iraq / Syria or shall we say Isreal’s enemies who are now destroying themselves.
      Oga Jimmy, hope the F16s are still on the way ( My $100 bet still stands).
      They are about to in-directly arm and scale up the Militaries all around us, it is the second phase of a grand plan ( not new go ask Genaramo or the native Indians, signatory to a number of treaties, the Aborigines of Australia, Maories of New Zealand). Nigeria has something they want ( Resources or Market Share along the West Coast ), look around you house and see if you can find anything made in the West (Air-conditioners, TVs, Electronics, clothes, etcs), you would discover they are all made in the East/Asia -China or made locally/assembled in Nigeria and they are now also been exported from us to the West Coast / ECOWAS states, How common is the Peugeot cars now a days, you are hurting the French economy. The land locked Franco phone neighbors have go no choice but to import from Nigeria. We need to look after our own interests first, this has to do with our children and those unborn, The pendulum has swung our way, it is time to break out, It is with greatest pride to see the Igirigi at the front, Nigerian Spec Navy Ships . This goes well beyond BH, they were just part of a means to weaken the Nigerian Military, By reducing our ability to purchase arms, while doing nothing to prevent our opponent/BH from arming themselves is as good as waiting for us to lose. We do not need any body, we can even use Surface to surface Missile technology to substitute and argument the delivery of ordinance by fighter aircraft.
      The person or Nation that came out publicly to say that Nigeria would break in 2015, was not just joking or willing to make a fool of himself in public, it must still be viewed with all seriousness. Why are you talking of attending the “party” , after it is almost over.
      We need to look inward, there is nothing they are coming to teach us, Needen spoke about the tracking skills , I know local hunters who would track a snake’s spoors to talk less of a man, of cause we need to have that art taught to us as well. Has any contious effort been made to learn anything from the local hunters assisting in the operation. No matter what is said the tactics used by the BH is similar to that our Military experienced in Dafur and Somalia in a similar terrain with similar logistic problems. Did we learn anything?

    • Ola says:

      That is good compensation to French soldiers for raping young boys in CAR. The US doctrine!

  11. Colloid says:

    Forgive the typos: **LAND OF THE RISING SUN**

  12. Colloid says:

    They denied us Weapons to prosecute the war against Boko Haram for the past 6 years, but just take a cursory look at the situation on ground now inthe NE. With the induction of Russian and Chinese Weapons and platform, we are able to achieve the successes that we failed to achieved for “6years” in just “6weeks”.
    We should not forget how the Foreign media with “puppet” local ones almost run down the Military with their negative media blitz.
    US under Obama is a total DISASTER for the world. Who would have think of the US negotiating with Iran on its Nuclear program seeing the danger it possess for its “strategic” ally –Israel. The fact that Iran is an open supporter/financer of the houthis rebel that went on the rampage and forcefully taking over and sending a DEMOCRATICALLY elected President on exile with the just recent border attack on saudi arabia should be enough pointer for us to be wary of a Double Standard US.
    Even in Nigerian War on Terror, we have seen/read and heard comments about Human Rights for Boko Haram. When did US starts considering violation of HR of Terrorist like Boko Haram? Surely, the world is going to be shocked as he true STANCE of US on terrorism are reveal by their Actions and Words.

  13. Colloid says:

    ** as the true STANCE of US on terrorism will be revealled by their Actions and Words.

  14. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Why do our Policy makers remain subservient in there approach, Always seeking assistance and help (Fine Bara/ begger), We have all we need ”in house (Manpower/Lessons learned, innovation, talent, equipment and new supply source). I hope we all realize there was an initial problem with the Russians to secure arms, since we were seen as a Puppet of the West and always in decisive ( maybe we were being non aligned), during the initial contacts for equipment and helicopters.,
    The Moth and the Flame. Don’t we see how helpful West has been for Iraq / Syria or shall we say Isreal’s enemies who are now destroying themselves.
    Oga Jimmy, hope the F16s are still on the way ( My $100 bet still stands).
    They are about to in-directly arm and scale up the Militaries all around us, it is the second phase of a grand plan ( not new go ask Genaramo or the native Indians, signatory to a number of treaties, the Aborigines of Australia, Maories of New Zealand). Nigeria has something they want ( Resources or Market Share along the West Coast ), look around you house and see if you can find anything made in the West (Air-conditioners, TVs, Electronics, clothes, etcs), you would discover they are all made in the East/Asia -China or made locally/assembled in Nigeria and they are now also been exported from us to the West Coast / ECOWAS states, How common is the Peugeot cars now a days, you are hurting the French economy. The land locked Franco phone neighbors have go no choice but to import from Nigeria. We need to look after our own interests first, this has to do with our children and those unborn, The pendulum has swung our way, it is time to break out, It is with greatest pride to see the Igirigi at the front, Nigerian Spec Navy Ships . This goes well beyond BH, they were just part of a means to weaken the Nigerian Military, By reducing our ability to purchase arms, while doing nothing to prevent our opponent/BH from arming themselves is as good as waiting for us to lose. We do not need any body, we can even use Surface to surface Missile technology to substitute and argument the delivery of ordinance by fighter aircraft.
    The person or Nation that came out publicly to say that Nigeria would break in 2015, was not just joking or willing to make a fool of himself in public, it must still be viewed with all seriousness. Why are you talking of attending the “party” , after it is almost over.
    We need to look inward, there is nothing they are coming to teach us, Needen spoke about the tracking skills , I know local hunters who would track a snake’s spoors to talk less of a man, of cause we need to have that art taught to us as well. Has any continuous effort been made to learn anything from the local hunters assisting in the operation. No matter what is said the tactics used by the BH is similar to that our Military experienced in Dafur and Somalia in a similar terrain with similar logistic problems. Did we learn anything?

  15. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Sorry for the typos, I am overheating

    • ozed says:

      Oga Cap’n no vex.

      Like i have said on a couple of other threads on this blog, an army needs two broad kinds of soldiers to function. The Warriors and the thinkers.

      The warriors are very good at what they are thought and do it very well with verve, gusto and courage. The thinkers on the other hand are constantly querying and searching for how things can be done better. This is not to say they are rebels, just that they can see the big picture and believe in continuous improvement. So the thinkers would have been asking questions about our lack of COIN expertise pre boko haram, they would have been querying our inadequate use of rocket artillery or snipers in our tactical battle field doctrine. They would have seen the heavy use of ‘technicals’ in other wars around us, and they would have been asking how our standard battle plan deals with that threat.

      Sadly in Nigeria, the conventional philosophy in the Army has prioritized the warrior (or soldier’s soldier) over the thinker. So most of the thinkers are packed away to Tradoc in Minna and forgotten. As a result, we dont show foresight in anticipating threats, we dont learn from mishaps, we dont even encourage innovation among the military tradesmen e.g. engineers etc.

      And the result is what we have just seen playing out (combined with lots of complacency at the command and executive levels of the army, the Ministry and the highest levels of our Government).

  16. ugobassey says:

    I think some guys here are over heating the Nigeria-West relationship polity. We are all knowledgeable enough that every nation relates with the other to achieve one aim…and that is their strategic interest. US, Russia and the rest of them is no different. You take what you can where you can and move on. Today its the US tomorrow it may be Russia, India or China. Ultimately we need our own home grown technology that way we rely less on others.

    • igbi says:

      Why buy from a source you know to be very unreliable ?
      It is not like the usa didn’t prove how unreliable they are in several occurances, in a very recent past for that matter.
      Why should we deliberatly shoot ourselves on the leg ?

  17. Manny Aydel says:

    @Oga igbi, I queue behind you on this one. We know who our friends are QED.

  18. Snow-Ball says:

    Nigeria as a nation, has more than enough man power, we have got lots of scientists and engineers.
    Why should not the Government disburse enough fund for training and retraining of these great men and women?
    The Nigerian state is experiencing a brain drain!
    All of our professionals are running to the west to practice, as a result, developing the west.
    Why should not the Government put a measure in place?
    In most schools, children learn in a deplorable and less conducive environment.
    Why again should not the Government put adequate infrastructures in place?
    We are tired of asking “WHY”!
    What is happening to Ajaokuta Metal Steal factory?
    If this factory works in full-scale, all the engineers in Nigeria can be employed there.
    BH has opened our eyes, and I am glad that our inventory is increasing by the day.
    But in order to shut the mouth of those from the “land where the sun sets”, can we not make the sun rise in Nigeria?
    To this end, what is the Government really planning for our beloved nation against future warfare?

  19. Snow-Ball says:


    Ajaokuta Metal Steal Factory.

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