INAUGURATION DAY AT ABUJA: A COMBAT-KITTED IGIRIGI ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER

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  1. Omonon says:

    Nice one there.
    God bless Nigeria!

  2. Thats what we want to see. Our military being locally equiped

  3. We shld let d private sector lend a hand too

  4. Henry says:

    This is more like it!!!

  5. DEATH MACHINE says:

    something like that

  6. Oje says:

    Awesome. I reckon iF the tempo is mantained and the incentive improve Nigeria can begin to export defence related products to countries in the subregion. Talk of diversification Of The economy, The military Can Play A Part.

  7. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    That is a fantastic sight, Nigerians arming Nigerians, I bet that this vehicle would overall out perform the REVA in a conflict in the Southern theatre, cause of the terrain, ability to manuvure between vegetation and height of the forest canopy. Now the private sector needs to take over the high production at an economical cost.
    This is What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?
    VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 8 NOVEMBER 2014
    ESPAÑOL FRANÇAIS PORTUGUÊS فارسى DEUTSCH ITALIANO POLSKI
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    This article was first published by Voltairenet in other languages in September 2014.

    The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.

    This video shows the USS Donald Cook sailing into the Black Sea to position itself near Russia’s territorial waters.

    On 10 April 2014, the USS Donald Cook entered the waters of the Black Sea and on 12 April a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber flew over the vessel triggering an incident that, according to several media reports, completely demoralized its crew, so much so that the Pentagon issued a protest [1].

    The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a 4th generation guided missile destroyer whose key weapons are Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers, and capable of carrying nuclear explosives. This ship carries 56 Tomahawk missiles in standard mode, and 96 missiles in attack mode.

    The US destroyer is equipped with the most recent Aegis Combat System. It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link together the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.

    Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta [2], contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.

    As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

    The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

    After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.

    Since that incident, which the Atlanticist media have carefully covered up despite the widespread reactions sparked among defense industry experts, no US ship has ever approached Russian territorial waters again.

    According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service.

    Vladimir Balybine – director of the research center on electronic warfare and the evaluation of so-called “visibility reduction” techniques attached to the Russian Air Force Academy – made the following comment:

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article185860.html

    THe SU24 might make a very good investment in deep strategic strike asset to provide Sepcat Jaguar capabilities in range, ordinance road to cover our area of influence (ECOWAS to the West, Mali to the North West and Niger/Chad, Also our Neighbors to the East and South,Cameroon and EG ).

    • beegeagle says:

      Yo waaa!

      Most Nigerians don’t know these little things. They just lap up superlative, one-track propaganda on satellite TV. They assume at once that everything popping out of the USA has no antidote. Very simple-minded conjecture.

      Recall when a Chinese Song class conventional submarine popped up beside a US Navy carrier group undetected?

      Humble pies coming thick and fast..

      • buchi says:

        this is what i call.a proper meal of debilitating ego reduction.i wonder how the expressions on the faces of the crew were like epic

    • Are James says:

      Now this is one serious issue with the fables that constitute the so called American technological prowess. The military industrial complex in the states have been playing a big 419 on the American public for too many years doing shoddy R&D and making their taxpayers pay for gold plated but ineffective battle systems . In some cases because of the links between politicians and defence industry, enough oversight is not been put into the hundreds of defence programs going on at the same time. The Aegis combat system probably became obsolete ten years after it was developed or maybe indeed was never even up to its great hype. It is no surprise this ticked off quite a few people at the Pentagon.

      • beegeagle says:

        Na wa o.

        The cutthroat mind games which people get subjected to just because the watch satellite TV whose content is dominated by the Anglo-American orbit!

    • Number one says:

      I believe Belarus are offering for sale 10 SU-24 fighter-bombers and 2 SU-24 recon. aircraft.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Sir, The SU24 is a serious game changer, every area considered of Nigeria’s national influence is within effective combat radius – 1000Kms ( Not range – Range is 2000Km +), hence able to reach the who of Cameroon and beyond to the CAR and back from Makurdi without any forward staging/recovery base. Can project force / fly out 600Nms from any of our border airbases Maiduguri, Sokoto, Calabar, Lagos/ ilorin . Can fly sorties to interdict in Mali training camps, hit most Terrorist training camps in the sahara area as well convoy arms resupply routes ( All staging out of Nigeria),. carrying 8000kg of ordnance ( A-Jet 2500Kg at under 250nm combat radius). this is a pure strategic asset. The SU27/30 are tactical / air superiority platforms from their design wing layout. they cannot do much outside our air space, they don’t have the reach and effective load ( they can only do surgical, meaning carrying small ordnance load of smart weapons for precise targets, cannot effective turn the tide in a major conflict). This aircraft would better the Jags, doing Mach 1 + at low altitude.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        How I wish our guys are in contention for this offer, this establish Nigeria as a regional power immediately All ECOWAS within reach and most of North and East African Region. This aircrafts also have terrain following radar, they can operate recessed inside of the country, making it difficult for MIG29s to the north (Chad), Mirages/ Alpha jets to the East ( Cameroon, French elements) and SU25 to the South (E.G) to surprise us, while they can reach their bases un-refueled without projecting our intentions ( given away by forward bases), with agreement with Niger/Mali we can hit BH training or staging bases in the fringes of the Sahara.

    • Ola says:

      Interesting write up Capt. But then, every nation wants to stay ahead of their adversaries, Russia will therefore not sell out everything in their arsenal. The export version of the Sus do not have these capabilities/cutting edge techs and I don’t think Russia will sell out such techs any time soon, in case it falls into the hands of prowling US. It’s no secret that several military tech advances in the west. especially US has been driven by what has been gleaned/stolen openly or covertly from Russia. While the last of the Su-24s were produced in the early 90s, the aircraft design is now becoming obsolete and without the advanced electronic and avionics capabilities installed in the ones Russia uses now. A country that wants to invest in the present and the future should go for SU-34 and negotiate for equally classified, but export version of the electronic warfare package that Russia has. This will be a good compromise for both Russia (money) and the country buying the platforms (tech). On top of that Russia would have to be promised beyond reasonable doubt that the secrets will not fall into the hands of the US any time soon.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Oga Ola you are right about the current/export soft ware capabilities of the SU24 aircraft, that not withstanding it offers technical and aerodynamically design advantages in consideration of our level of threats, that is high speed penetration at low level and stability ( fuselage hanging below the wings,also can be swept), uncommon long range ( 600Nms combat radius, 1400NM straight range) to reach all areas of national concern and influence. Without the advance electronic suite, ti is still more than a serious reach in our region. Buying the SU34 is a difficult as wanting to buy a B52 or F111. We are being watched closely and Russia does not consider us a serious Allie taking into consideration are voting history in the Security council. Also the SU34 forms a certain aspect of the Russian Battle order in conjunction with other platforms to, achieve certain combat tasks. We need to have the necessary long reach with low level stealth signature to reach targets outside our borders. Which might be an ability necessary to carry out the next step of COIN ops by hitting the enemy at his training and staging areas ( more hell would proberbly be south bound from Libya chaos for some time to come). the SU24 platform is able to do these. I personal believe we cannot be sold more than the SU27/30 by Russia giving us ample Air Superiority/Defence capability ( range is 600-880NM, hence combat radius of 300/400NM)

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Heheh! This event is one of the reasons I asked a question here recently about why armies still use radar over passive optical systems.

      The closest to a confirmation you will get from the “friendly” press is that the USS Donald Cook made an “unscheduled” stop in Romania and unrelated “irresponsible behaviour” by an Su-24 in the Black Sea.

    • Trigger says:

      Lol and here i was in my own corner contemplating the relevance of the SU-24 in modern warfare, the little guy is off shutting down ‘powerful’ warships.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Henro, I actually think that the HMG is either a W-85 or Type 89 HMG made by Norinco of China. The STK CIS-50 does not have that ‘shorter pipe’ beneath which looks like a second barrel but is a gas piston.

    That weapon is also mounted on other armoured vehicles
    W-85

    http://world.guns.ru/machine/ch/w5-hmg-e.html

    Type 89

    http://world.guns.ru/machine/ch/type-9-hmg-e.html

    Compare those to this weapon on a BigFoot MRAP

    Here is a Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm

    https://beegeagle.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/nn-cnn-3.jpg?w=640&h=358

    MEANWHILE, who can identify this ne HMG type in the inventory?

    • ozed says:

      Its the new Shakabula HMG developed by DICON in partnership with Norinoco and manufactured by a new private sector armaments company in Kaduna—– No vex abeg afterall dreams are allowed LOL

    • Henry says:

      Oga Beeg, you are correct! That’s a W-85 HMG. That’s what all N.A CS/VP3 MRAPs are armed with.

      Very powerful high velocity rifle.

      • beegeagle says:

        NORINCO must be in serious business for HMGs/AAMGs and infantry support weapons such as AGLs,MGLs and 73mm anti-tank weapons.

        I think that when GEJ visited China last year or the year before, they probably signed a contract for a large number of single/twin-barreled 12.7mm HMGs/14.5mm AAMGs

        We have seen this plucky number on Landcruiser gun trucks, Igirigi APCs, BigFoot MRAPs and also the Chinese-type DShK HMG on gun trucks and Steyr APCs.

  9. Ola says:

    Beautiful picture sir Beegs! Just one more request to the NA engineers. It’s be nice if there are two turrets positioned back to back. One forward facing, the other backward facing as it is now. Good job NA!

    • beegeagle says:

      Abi? One fore and another aft. It would hold up nicely. After all, we have seen a photo of a similar-sized Streit Spartan Mk.3 with twin 14.5mm AAMGs fore, remember?

  10. gbash10 says:

    @ Capt Tobias Wilcock, the ‘Khibiny’ is the electronic warfare device also carried by the SU-27/30/34/35 Flankers.
    Some years ago, Dr Carlo did Kopp of Air Power Australia mentioned this device in some of his articles, ” Russian Fighter Technology”.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Oga Gbasho, In the Russian Battle order the SU27/30 were developed strictly as multirole/air superiority fighters. in the Soviet era the SU24 was defined as heavy strike fighter to carry out low level deep strikes, the SU34 is built by the same plant and defined also has a heavy long range strike fighter. The SU34 being a follow on to the SU24 would definitely have this capability. the SU27/30/35 would probably carry similar system to engage AWACs aircraft, to disrupt the air space projection and C3 funtions. They have a number of systems that they do not talk about, hence they sell their lesser capable tech aircraft. Their battle order is drastically changing following their recent conflicts as Russia not USSR.

  11. schearbeek says:

    David Cameron Urges Buhari to come with Nigeria’s shopping List.to G7 SUMMIT

    • Sir Kay says:

      Useless people, all these years that our people have been dying in the north, were they blind to that? Now they want a shopping list. The fact that they turned their backs on Nigerians when they were needed is enough not to deal with these people.

      • Deway says:

        The shopping list is a bribe for us to sign the EU free trade agreement. GEJ refused to sign it for the sake of our national interest. The “good” Ghanians signed. Let’s wait and see Buhari’s move.

      • Are James says:

        They will sell T-129s and may offer to refurbish Jaguar aircraft. If Nigeria makes serious moves for SU 33/34 i am sure they will counter with offers for Tornado ID’S/ADV.
        Britain has largely missed out on the investment goodies going to China, India and increasingly Russia (these are agile operators) and the British are increasingly asking themselves why their best ex colony in Africa would make such rapid economic progress and they are just staring straight ahead like mumu. All they gain from Nigeria are educational sector related one-way trade going into some tidy billions of pounds every year but even in this sector alone the untapped potentials are enormous. We are going to have to go back to the era of technical /technological education with this new regime ; that is 00s of 0000s of skilled people to be trained.
        The defence sector cooperation is also currently devoid of hardware so we expect some offers in military aviation as mentioned above and may be the navy.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Our friends in our “time of need” are watching, remember the Russian Ambassador saying are you sure of what you exactly want. So are the Chinese, I assure you that the MIGs sold to the Chadians do not contain the latest tech systems in the cockpit ( they are equipped just enough to defeat A-Jets and F7), knowing that Chadian are French puppets and would have access to settle down and de-code anything inside that aircraft.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        They want to see if you can be trusted with advance system. They trust Angola with the SUs , knowing they saw hell at independence from the West and were saved by the Cuban Internationalist intervention. Hence when push turns to shove, they know where they pitch their tent. We need to be visible non aligned and nationalist.

  12. Tbite says:

    Guys 3 Ships are being constructed for the Nigerian Navy in the Shipyard by the Chinese. The three ships arrived May 16, 2015

    Source (If you have chrome, the link may translate automatically..otherwise copy and paste elsewhere to translate)
    http://www.chceb.com/info_22.aspx?itemid=2852

    here is an excerpt

    Hackett construction of three ships arrived in the shipyard reconstruction project construction projects in the region on May 16, after a lapse of two days AKINTOLA General ie boarding inspections so far away from home project officers and crew felt the Nigerian Navy height of the project and the importance of security work better, no slack. He said the Navy to improve security measures at more peace of mind to work. Project Department will give full play to ship machine capacity, and further promote the project, the work carried out, China Railway Construction to build a good image of the PMB group in Africa market.

  13. lachit says:

    @all
    remember 1 or 2 months back i had predicted that the rafale deal includes the covert deal to develop refined thermo-nuclear bombs by getting access to french megajoule testing facility.
    this was proved true when the indian home minister more or less confirmed this.it was more of a slip of tongue but later retracted the statement saying it was nuclear reactors he meant. but this was expected because things like this are never disclosed in public.

    and regarding the americans this much i will say that they are past masters of deception and
    mis-direction. they have been known to insert stories/reports to discredit their own weapon systems in order to create public hystereis back home in order to get more funding for new weapons or funding for new research into new technologies.so it is better to keep a open mind while comming to any definate conclusions.

    russians are very innovative and have accesss to real badass systems developed by the soviets but still their electronics capability is 10 years behind the west.this has been stated numerious times by top russians scientists themselves.but give a strong economy things will change fast.infact i am a fan of russain way of innovative out of the box thinking.

    as for the capability of the chinese submarines a lot is just misplaced propoganda by the west/us for creating war-mongering situation.the chinese have not released info on their subs in the open.much is therefore based on assumption.they have lost quite a few of their subs while at sea including nuclear submarines.many submariners have died due to radiation leakage even on their latest nuclear subs.the conventional chinese subs still have to do a lot of catching up do especially the russian kilo class subs in terms of performance especially sonar-stealth etc .also most of the chinese nuclear subs operate close to the chinese naval base due to their inherent limitations except for 1 or 2 publicity excurtion into the indian ocean. also the reports of song class sub popping up withen the 9km radius of uss kitty hawk carrier group in the western media looks fishey since the carrier group has its own subs patrolling the group inlcuding the ASW ships/helis which would have detected it first was it deliberate or serious breach nobody will know for sure .infact the songs were regurlarly detected by the Japanese anti submarine patrol aircrafts/ships due to their more than normal noise and magnetic signature.

  14. lachit says:

    @ola
    “It’s be nice if there are two turrets positioned back to back. One forward facing, the other backward facing as it is now.”
    what for ? did u take into consideration the weight penalties,the stability factor,the reduction of the troop load out,the ammo load out etc etc.will it be feasible technically ??
    for example in a tank if u have a 4 man crew instead of a 3 man crew the addition of the 4th member imposes a weight penalty in excess of 1 tonne.
    better option is to go for RCWS for 360 degree coverage with added advantage of being able to use the RCWS sensors for better surviellance and situational awareness.
    troop load out will not be effected ,minimal increase in weight,and optimal crew protection due to first hand detection of threats thanks to the RCWS sensors.

    israeli wave-300

    M09 Remote controlled weapon station with 12.7mm HMG from yugoimport
    etc etc

    and off topic for the bmp-1 upgrades if wanted than this solution from isreal is the best option.
    actually the pic is of bmp 2 but can be implimented on bmp-1 also.

  15. freeegulf says:

    is not always about hi tech gear, tactics play a big role here too. the swedish navy in the past used to run circles around USN fleet during NATO naval exercises.
    the americans found it so astonishing that they loaned a swedish sub complete with the crew for their own naval warfare tactics.

    there is no monopoly in war strategy anymore. the side that is prepared to be innovative and think outside the box would always stun the traditionalists

    • ozed says:

      This is a lesson to our armed forces. We must eschew the one dimensional sterotyped approach to war passed on to us by the brits (they themselves have since moved on from there), and expand our tactics by sending good guys to training courses across the main combatant countries.

      Then TRADOC MUST distill the diverse learnings and blend them with our home grown techniques and build a truly Nigerian doctrine, that will ensure that we are the best in fighting on our turf. Such that even the US would get some nasty surprises if they ever sought to venture into our territory.

      For example, since we saw the use of the traditional tracking techniques of the hunters in the North East has it occurred to us to incorporate them in our training for the special forces and special strike teams?
      The Ijaws are able to stay submerged for minutes (some say hours), have we thought about inducting some ex-militants to school our SBS and special amphibious troops?
      As we have fought against IEDs are we also learning how to adopt improvised explosives as weapons in the hands of our special forces in case we ever have to fight behind enemy lines?

      Of course it is possible we are doing this already (since they are not things you would announce on the 9pm news). I certainly hope so. The days of Sandhurst approach to war are long gone!!!

      • True @ Ozed. TRADOC must do for the Nigerian Military in terms of tactics and training what DARPA does for the americans in terms of tech. TRADOC should always be populated by officers with actual combat experience along with others

  16. lachit says:

    @freegulf
    first let me make clear i am not batting for the americans.
    as an indian i support the soviets/russians because they helped us in our difficult times.
    i believe in having a clear rational and non jignoistic thinking.

    yes u r correct about tactics and tech having equal emphasis
    but u fail to understand that the swedish incident u mentioned happened more than 10 years ago since than the us has hired the swedish sub to optimize their the underseas tactics actually the correct term is “littoral underseas tactics”.
    since all of the conventionally powered subs even on AIP lack the endurance to operate in the high seas.their area of operation is the litterol areas where they are effective.
    in the high seas they will not last not more than 24 hrs against nuclear SSNs.
    therefore the us navy started inducting the The littoral combat ship ,helis,p-8a for combating these subs in the littoral areas.

    the us has classified satellites and patrol aircrafts which can even pick up the snorkels of the subs in the high seas/littoral areas.if say one of the subs manages to evade detection does it nullify the whole surviellance apparatus.definately no even a 90% detection rate is commendable.
    u fail to realize the real purpose of these reports of chinese/russian breaching the us security cordon.it is to get attention of the congress to sanction more funds.similarly the indian navy helped the indian media to create fear by reporting on chinese subs visiting the indian ocean and end result the government sanctioned funds for building 6 SSNs probably based on improved kashalot and barracuda SSN.
    already 3 arihant SSBNs with 8 silos are sactioned.reseach is on for future SSBNs almost twice the size of arihant and able to carry 12 MIRV ICBM code named S5.

    therefore my friend nothing is so clear cut in the the international subterfuge being played about.

    bye
    regards

    • @ Lachit ur scenario about americans using. Such stories to get funds fromn congress is plausible but its also entirely possible the stories are true and the Yanks were really spooked. One thing I give the Yanks is that they act like a sponge when it comes to info. The project themselves as the best @ everything for a reason, but look deeper and u’l realise that they know they dont have a monopoly of knowledge and are constantly seeking to deepen their knowledge base. When Nigeria puts and end to d BH menace I can bet they will come running seeking to train or looking for joint special forces exercises and the main reason will not be to take glory but to learn from our experience and understand what we did differently and incorporate it into their own training. The training they offer and the joint exercises are as much a way to train. Local forces as it is to gain new experiences, tactics and assess the level of the capability of the participating forces. America got to the top cos they are willing to learn from any1 by any means even stealing. The Yank space programme was built on d knowledge of Nazi scientists.

      • Before world war 2, the Japanese invited an american all star baseball team for a match with their all stars. In the American team was a 3rd rate player, who had a knack for languages and was lawyer and scholar…….he ended up taking pictures that were the 1st real military intelligence america had on Japan in world war 2. The Yanks will never train u to be as good as they are or equip u as well as their forces. Any1 who trains with them had better b ready to put in extra shifts after the training.

  17. Oje says:

    Before we turn thus blog into an anti American forum whixh makes it look childish let us realise the dangers that an overzealous captain or a deranged commander can do, plunge the world into a thermo nuclear conflict. I have said it before in the world of 4th Gen fighter, stand off missiles and long range Drones the Era of the WARSHIP is over. The Argentine’s had 9 lunch defective EXOCET missiles but we saw how the Sunk the GALLAHAD and damaged nearly a dozen more vessels. The same way a Russian Destroyer will never make it out of the Baltic Sea in a full blown war as it will be pulverised by Euro-fighter typo on cartying anti ship missiles or Carrier based Fighters if not U.S hunter Submarines that continue to patrol the coastal waters till this day. An SU-24 BUZZING the Donald Cook does not negate U.S military superiority, if it’s not stupidity sailing a U.S Navy Destroyer near Russian Coastal waters then I don’t know what ism at least this demonstrates the reach of U.S power projection force. Can you imagine a Russian Destroyer or Chinese Navy Ship sailing near the ports of New York? Forget the bravado and rhetorics, in a full blown war nobody wins, certainly not Russia.

  18. Oje says:

    Why all this anti American sentiments? Are they the cause of our problems? Or are we doing a good job for our politicians outsourcing the faults to the outside world?

  19. Oje says:

    Werner Von Braun was the father of U.S Space programme so what? The knowledge gained and honed on helped propel the U.S into the global Space power. Everything we use today from the GPS in our mobile devices to the Internet is made possible because of the U.S military industrial and scientific progress. We should be ashamed by our anti Americanism. It’s beyond luau is.

  20. lachit says:

    @Adetayo’s Blog
    ur spot on.nice observation on us inclination for expanding their knowledge base by hook or by crook,same with china infact every country should follow a similiar template.survial of the fittest is the most fundamental norm.
    also the us weapons manufacturer industries hand in all these reports cannot be ruled out
    the 2nd gulf war was due to these arms giants since there was no plausible cause to invade iraq in the first case no terrorist connection no WMD .why the heck was iraq invaded the 2nd time makes one wonder.but end result u play with fire u end up burning urself.only the us is responsible for creation of ISIS since it is made up of former saddam army generals and initial money and weapons came from saddams loyalists who wanted to get even with the west but along the way inclusion of chechens, sudanis, ughirs, pakistanis and middle est mullas religious extrimists turned it into a devils army.and now the whole world has to share the consequence.

    by the way have u ever heard of the philedelphia project and also the bell project of the nazis
    and do u see any similarity to the space wrap drive project being persued by nasa and darpa.

    “When Nigeria puts and end to d BH menace I can bet they will come running seeking to train or looking for joint special forces exercises and the main reason will not be to take glory but to learn from our experience and understand what we did differently and incorporate it into their own training”
    i am 99% sure and agree with u they will come unless they end up reading ur comment and to get even they might even zap u with their airborne lasers so plz be carefull😀
    i hope they dont come for me.LOL

    @oje
    we are have a discussion where america is a factor and surely we are not being anti or pro american.it is better to learn from mistakes of others like us , russia ,china , india etc rather than commit the same mistakes ourselves.

  21. @ LAchit if and when they come i will at least have my Nigerian made “Shakabula” HMG handy. lolll. u proly dont get the “shakabula” part

    • lachit says:

      @Adetayo’s Blog
      better idea is to have a high density 99.99% efficient reflective mirror mounted on top of your HEAD.
      if ur lucky u might be able to zap the laser beam back at the carrier itself .😀 no sweat all easy pesy see

      u have any info/pic on “Shakabula” HMG i am surely interested in this.
      what is the meaning of Shakabula?
      pampered govt. salaried geni-asses in my country have yet to make a indigeneous HMG darn them.

      • The SHakabula for now is a figment of Ozeds dream. Nigeria does not have an indigenous HMG at the moment. Ozed made a joke about the DICON produced Shakabula recently. Shakabula is a generic name that refers to locally produced guns used by local hunters in NIgeria. they are pellet guns that can be rather destructive at close range.

  22. Kola Adekola says:

    We should mount a recoilless rifle on the Igigirigi alongside the machine gun. That will turn it into a very deadly piece of kit with a bad temper.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Oga Kola, let them give the task of modifying this thing to a Nigerian design firm and you would see what would be made of it’. Increased production would bring the prices down. It should be purpose built based on the wish list of the operators, what they felt they could have used in Combat. Your suggestions are quite interesting, the frame should be exploited to it’s maximum potential.

      • Kola Adekola says:

        Oga Capt Tobias Wilcock, I am very sure our people can surpass any expectation if given the opportunity. Too many talents lying fallow and frustrated in a country that desperately needs development.

    • Are James says:

      Keep the recoiless rifle inside, the shells carried by a man on foot. Tactical scenario is that in battle conditions the foot soldier crawls to the MRAP / LAV and hands out shells for recoiless. Never put high cAlibre ammo in an MRAP.

      • Kola Adekola says:

        True about the ammo
        In the past with flame throwing tanks, the fuel was always towed some distance behind. Similar can be done with the Igigirigi, but with an automated method of feeding in the rockets at a suitable pace when required.

  23. lachit says:

    @Adetayo’s Blog
    does nigeria operate or have stocks of 40mm bofors anti aircraft guns.
    if yes then these 40mm bofors guns can be mounted .might be tricky but if done can do a deadly effect on even tanks in the ground to ground mode

  24. lachit says:

    do u know a indian company named MKU Pvt. Ltd.supplied majority of the body armours etc to nigeria during the last few years.
    infact MKU, has a global footprint covering 100+ countries, also having supplied body armour and helmets to Ghana, Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia etc

    one of its patented product from MKU is the Instavest, which is the fastest quick release ballistic jacket which can be divested by the wearer in one single action in a fraction of a second and re-assembled again very quickly. This innovative, pathbreaking product has been developed keeping in mind the emergencies faced by the soldier in actual combat situations. Another featured product in the personal protection range is the ‘BoltFree Helmet’ which is based on a ‘no-drill’ concept, that not only provides uniform protection across the shell but also safety from secondary metallic fragments.

    MKU was set up in 1985, with a vision to become a leading defense solutions company in the protection and surveillance space. Over the past 28 years, it has already provided protection to over 1.5 million soldiers. It has in its repertoire 1000+ solutions covering most of the common threats. Its products are used and trusted by more than 230 forces globally. MKU is a registered supplier to NATO and the UN and its facilities are certified according to AS 9100.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      This guys are fighting the original Saddam affiliated Iraqi Army. A lot of these guys joined up to get paid by the occupying Americans after the fall of Sadam

  25. Oje says:

    Funny how Western pundits always berate the Nigerian armed forces of being unable to take Boko Haram bladabladabla when the Iraqi Army in itself bristling with American weapons and supported with American intelligence is unable to even take on ISIS and is first to run away from a fight. It’s funny when you realise that the Iraqi army had a 4 to 1 numerical advantage against the ISIS fighters that took Ramadi. You will think it doesn’t get any worse than this right? As of this writing the U.S is sending TOW anti tank missiles to the so called “”moderate terrorists” knowing fully well % 80 of these weapons will be sold to ISIS, the few not sold will be ceased. Sometimes one wonders if Obama is not being paid to sabotage American security. None of his policies makes sense, especially towards Africa. Alienating African democracies will courting and supporting Africa’s two longest serving dictators.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      The West is addicted to it’s “white Western Messiah Complex” mentality and has always had a pre-planned agenda to fit events into it’s narrative, which feeds it’s citizens with a false sense of superiority to Africans, their support is required for every move made by their governments ( the fact right now that they cannot directly re-colonize Africa is the outcry they would face at home not any other obstacles). This started right from first contact with Africa and pre-colonial times, the first African presented in Europe was a Gorilla whom were said to be the “wild man” inhabitants of the dark continent, this ape had never been, the effect was that very few Citizens challenged the Invasion/Colonization of such an area. They even in not too distant times kept a living human been with his wife in a New York Zoo.
      http://nymag.com/news/features/scandals/pygmy-ota-benga-2012-4/
      Same goes for Nigeria, nobody is going to praise us for anything, except they can get part or all of the glory, when they could no claim Nigerian Military is being defeated, they resorted to saying Mercenaries were the fix. Nigeria has not fitted any of their narratives, Ebola, Boko Haram, Elections, so now they want to fix in close and claim the glory was based on their interaction with us, This same guys let Doctor Adadevoh die, watched Boko Haram get at us, claimed theCobra helicopters was too advanced for Nigerians to fly , a light heavily armed category helicopter (The Mi35 being flown by Nigerians are the real heavy metals) .
      A lot of us do not even real know our history well, (of cause when the ruler of a country can encourage the removal of history from the secondary school syllabus). The French university maths syllabus is based on the Algebra syllabus of the ancient universities in Timbuktu, The Dogon People have continued to baffle NASA with their accurate knowledge of star and constellations that were not know to modern astronomers till recent.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirius_Mystery
      The longest man made structure is not the wall of China but the ancient wall of Benin kingdom and visible using remote sensing scanners from space.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin.
      Our duties here goes beyond making educated elite noise here, but educating all persons that get into the website of the kind of people we are. We need to understand that our strength is in our unity which must be based on fairness and equity to all, we have grown beyond tribal sentiments ( we were never tribes but peoples of different cultures). Lets leave that behind and forge ahead, achieving all we need to archive. Are action have spoken loader than the West’s words .

  26. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    The West is addicted to it’s “white Western Messiah Complex” mentality and has always had a pre-planned agenda to fit events into it’s narrative, which feeds it’s citizens with a false sense of superiority to Africans, their support is required for every move made by their governments ( the fact right now that they cannot directly re-colonize Africa is the outcry they would face at home not any other obstacles). This started right from first contact with Africa and pre-colonial times, the first African presented in Europe was a Gorilla whom were said to be the “wild man” inhabitants of the dark continent, this ape had never been, the effect was that very few Citizens challenged the Invasion/Colonization of such an area. They even in not too distant times kept a living human been with his wife in a New York Zoo.
    http://nymag.com/news/features/scandals/pygmy-ota-benga-2012-4/
    Same goes for Nigeria, nobody is going to praise us for anything, except they can get part or all of the glory, when they could no claim Nigerian Military is being defeated, they resorted to saying Mercenaries were the fix. Nigeria has not fitted any of their narratives, Ebola, Boko Haram, Elections, so now they want to fix in close and claim the glory was based on their interaction with us, This same guys let Doctor Adadevoh die, watched Boko Haram get at us, claimed theCobra helicopters was too advanced for Nigerians to fly , a light heavily armed category helicopter (The Mi35 being flown by Nigerians are the real heavy metals) .
    A lot of us do not even real know our history well, (of cause when the ruler of a country can encourage the removal of history from the secondary school syllabus). The French university maths syllabus is based on the Algebra syllabus of the ancient universities in Timbuktu, The Dogon People have continued to baffle NASA with their accurate knowledge of star and constellations that were not know to modern astronomers till recent.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirius_Mystery
    The longest man made structure is not the wall of China but the ancient wall of Benin kingdom and visible using remote sensing scanners from space.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin.
    Our duties here goes beyond making educated elite noise here, but educating all persons that get into the website of the kind of people we are. We need to understand that our strength is in our unity which must be based on fairness and equity to all, we have grown beyond tribal sentiments ( we were never tribes but peoples of different cultures). Lets leave that behind and forge ahead, achieving all we need to archive. Are action have spoken loader than the West’s words .

  27. lachit says:

    @all
    guy i have designed this turrent for the IGIRIGI apc
    with some innovative and low cost add-ons

    what r your views on it plz tell

    • Henry says:

      @Lachit, that’s an innovative low cost design. Smartly thought out. Beautiful design.

    • lachit says:

      add-ons/features are
      1. high precision day/night laser pointer
      2. wide angle 4-12x zoom for day/low light condition.at night the gunner can wear night vision goggles.
      3. 360 degree rotating mount
      4. rear view mirror for the gunner for better situational awareness
      5. bolt on / bolt off configuration for easy maintenance
      6. complete protection for the gunner except for the top portion of the head which is already covered by the helmet.
      7.360 degee all round visibilty throught bullet proof glass embedded withen the turrent frame.

      regards
      and
      bye

      @henry
      thanks

    • FortB says:

      Great idea that is well conctualized. Well done

    • solorex says:

      Low Cost-yes,easily “manufacturable” locally -yes,better than what we have now-yes-innovative -No too much! The new direction the world is going is remote controlled-unmanned turrets. They provide better accuracy,faster response and reduce crew exposure to danger. They are now manufactured by several companies and relative cheap- they can also be pimped with sensors and sights to give nearly all round situation awareness-the most modern one decouples the sensor from turret control so that you can have an “hunter-killer” configuration. that is some mans the sensor station (the hunter- sees all possible targets and draws conclusion on which target to attack based on situational awareness) then hands over target to the killer ( guy that determines what weapon to use and which target to engage in which sequence)-process is fully automated very fast-not as cumbersome as it sound. It is a system that improves results drastically ,reduces ammo wastage and improves range. It is great advantage when you are able to see and engage the enemy super accurately at 6000m away when he cannot see or hear or even dream you on his motorcycle or pickup. RWS is now thought to be standard for all new Russian vehicles based on the Armata platform- whether its a tank,an IFV or an MRAP-in 2016 they will take it to the next level and arm the Armata MBTs with AESA and Ka band radars in a network format- turning them in “battle field awareness gods”- each tank can see 100km radius-in network the possibility is frightening! they will see anti amour helicopters and drones before they can see the MBT and can attack with choice weapon. Its like putting a soldier in the middle of a battle field the size of 200 football fields and somehow he know where every single enemy is and what their capacity is- Awesome!

    • Lachit, Lachit…….nice one there. simple and effective. Simple is always good for a soldier when bullets are flying. Nice going boss

  28. lachit says:

    open it in new tab for better resolution

  29. Oje says:

    Oga Lachit will make for a good Sales person.

    • lachit says:

      lol
      i am not a good sales person
      i wont be even able to sell a bottle of water to a man dying of thirst.
      99% chances are i will drink it myself. hehehe

  30. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Oga @ OJe,The West is addicted to it’s “white Western Messiah Complex” mentality and has always had a pre-planned agenda to fit events into it’s narrative, which feeds it’s citizens with a false sense of superiority to Africans, their support is required for every move made by their governments ( the fact right now that they cannot directly re-colonize Africa is the outcry they would face at home not any other obstacles). This started right from first contact with Africa and pre-colonial times, the first African presented in Europe was a Gorilla whom were said to be the “wild man” inhabitants of the dark continent, this ape had never been, the effect was that very few Citizens challenged the Invasion/Colonization of such an area. They even in not too distant times kept a living human been with his wife in a New York Zoo.
    http://nymag.com/news/features/scandals/pygmy-ota-benga-2012-4/
    Same goes for Nigeria, nobody is going to praise us for anything, except they can get part or all of the glory, when they could no claim Nigerian Military is being defeated, they resorted to saying Mercenaries were the fix. Nigeria has not fitted any of their narratives, Ebola, Boko Haram, Elections, so now they want to fix in close and claim the glory was based on their interaction with us, This same guys let Doctor Adadevoh die, watched Boko Haram get at us, claimed theCobra helicopters was too advanced for Nigerians to fly , a light heavily armed category helicopter (The Mi35 being flown by Nigerians are the real heavy metals) .
    A lot of us do not even real know our history well, (of cause when the ruler of a country can encourage the removal of history from the secondary school syllabus). The French university maths syllabus is based on the Algebra syllabus of the ancient universities in Timbuktu, The Dogon People have continued to baffle NASA with their accurate knowledge of star and constellations that were not know to modern astronomers till recent.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirius_Mystery
    The longest man made structure is not the wall of China but the ancient wall of Benin kingdom and visible using remote sensing scanners from space.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin.
    Our duties here goes beyond making educated elite noise here, but educating all persons that get into the website of the kind of people we are. We need to understand that our strength is in our unity which must be based on fairness and equity to all, we have grown beyond tribal sentiments ( we were never tribes but peoples of different cultures). Lets leave that behind and forge ahead, achieving all we need to archive. Are action have spoken loader than the West’s words

  31. lachit says:

    @ oje Adetayo’s Blog FortB Henry and all
    thanks

    ladies and gentlemen i present the upgraded version
    mark one (MK 1) turrent for the IGIRIGI apc

    • lachit says:

      by the way speaking of ladies i wonder why there are no female bloggers on this blog guess they are not interested in defence etc.oh man😀

      mark one or MK 1 version of the turrent adds systems which are aleady in service with the nigerian army.
      a short summary of the various add-on/features

      1. high precision day/night laser pointer, usefull during close range firing simple tech yet invaluable.
      2. a simple wide angle 4-12x zoom sight for stress free viewing of the targets,optimized for for day/low light condition.at night the gunner can wear night vision goggles.
      3. 360 degree rotating mount, comes with a joy stick to ensure that minimum effort is required for circular traversing.
      4. rear view mirror for the gunner for better situational awareness towards the rear portion of the APC, sometimes things like this can make a lot of difference.
      5. bolt on / bolt off configuration of the turrent for easy maintenance/removal and installation.
      6. complete protection for the gunner except for the top portion of the head which is already protected by the helmet.
      7.360 degee all round visibilty throught bullet proof glass embedded withen the turrent frame.
      8.the wide angle 4-12x zoom sight is coupled to the gun for elevation in both up and down direction.
      9.2 banks of 4 smoke grenades on either side
      10.laser range finder for accurate laying of the gun
      11.one high power search light
      12.most significant system is the nigerian made battlefield survielliance system .in the picture the cameras are in fully raised position.
      13.when the surviellance system is not in use the cameras will be retracted via the telescopic mount .a protective cage surrounds the system to prevent damage.
      14.a ruggedized multi purpose display terminal for the gunner from where he gets to see the direct feed from the surviellance cameras and can take control of the surviellance system from the commander if necessary.
      15.LOL thats all

      @ solorex

      u r right in ur assessment but is it feasible to mount remote controlled-unmanned turrets on every platform.
      tanks, IFV, tracked carriers ok still they are not cheap.there are lot of cheap products in the market but will u waste millions of dollars on cheap systems.it is always better to emphasis on quality in case of high tech systems. in eletronics products there are several parameters one of them is the MTBF (mean time betwen failure) cheap electronic systems will have low MTBF ie the failure rate is high u have to reboot the system many no of times, what happen when ur in the middle of a battlefield.
      so if u have less financial budget then the best way is to buy high quality (more expensive) RCWS for ur most modern vehicles while on the older ones u can implement manned turrents with innovative solutions to close the technological capability gap with the RCWS.
      but if u have lots of money to spare u can implement RCWS on each and every platform.
      the more the merrier.
      regards
      and bye

    • lachit says:

      open the picture in new tab for better resolution

    • Trigger says:

      Mr lachit i must commend you for this your effort, your design is wonderful and i see a lot of application for it even there in India. I know how difficult and time consuming designing something as complex as that since i studied computer engineering. Anyway i was wondering which software you used to make your design considering how flawless it is. Do you mind sharing so i could integrate it into my own CAD softwares. Thanks

      • lachit says:

        @Trigger
        thanks
        i would be more than happy to help u
        since ur in computer science i suggest u download some pdf on mechanical drawings will help u a lot in the future
        first get AUTODESK software .this does not help u to get accurate high grade CAD drawings but acts as a primer to get the feel and look of the design.
        freeCAD is also another good open source software
        then use autoCAD to get the final drawing
        for my design i used 123d from AUTODESK this is not custom build for detailed design like autocad.

        funny thing is i learnt the autodesk and autocad because of a nigerian friend i made on this blog .he wanted me to design something and i was more than happy to oblige.ended up learning CAD first it was difficult since i am from electronics but practice makes perfect.

        also india does not need me nor do i need india.

        regards

  32. lachit says:

    @solorex
    also hunter killer capabilities are implemented on tanks and IFV which are atleast armed with anti tank missiles.
    installing hunter killer capabilities on APC,MRAP or other vehicles armed with HMG .low,medium caliber cannons are a over kill, since they are going to be used for destroying infantry and soft skinned targets only.these apc even with hunter killer capabilities installed will be useless against tanks,IFV ,armoured carriers because they dont have enough firepower.
    best option is to mount LORROS type of surviellaince system on some of the platforms like APC MRAPS etc for long range observation and reconnasience.

  33. jimmy says:

    http://odili.net/news/source/2015/jun/1/338.html
    PMB : DAY1 ARMY HQ is ordered to the North East Sector
    PMB :DAY 3 June 1, 2015 PMB and VPYO spend the day @ the ABUJA Defence house meeting with Defence personnel including holdover from the GEJ administration Col Sambo Dasuki
    PMB : DAY 4 : Pending
    PMB : DAY 5 Pending Visit to Niger
    PMB: DAY 6 Pending Visit to Chad.

    • jimmy says:

      Update PMB day 3 June 2,2015 It is not anticipated in this Blogger’s view that any shake up of the Service Chiefs will occur,prior to PMB departing for Chad and Niger. It is anticipated that the Tri- Services would of been told that a new level of expectations is now here.PMB will also have requests the results of the Army audit,as well as that of the Air force and Navy. Speculation will be rife upon GMB’s return as to what will be done. Logic dictates the CDS will be retired Logic dictates PMB despite the COAS being very frank and competent will be told to hand over to a More aggressive 2 star General. Logic dictates the Naval chief as well as the Air force chief because of impending multi million dollar procurement may be asked to see these deals through.

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  34. buchi says:

    this morning at precisely 05:30hr another decoy attack was launched on maiduguri from the outskirts boadering jere LGA to the N of maid what is suprising and absolutely unsettling was Intel that the BH hostiles were making use of homemade rockets powered by generators on vehicles..Hamas style.I am inclined to disbelief my sources on this cos feelers coming in was that it may have been TOYs fired vertically(still not sure) troops stationed around that area are currently engaging hostiles .but I believe the past few attacks have been probing attacks.
    my hunch tells me that troops holding bama should have 100% Situational awareness round the clock cos the defeated hostiles want to make the news asain

  35. buchi says:

    pardon me for the mistake,I withdraw my initial comment ,it did some more inquiries nd found out that it was a panicky hoax from those in my initial contact area sorry for the false alarm

    • buchi says:

      correction pls “I”
      somebody raised a false flag nd my contact neighbours took it up.pardon me for the wrong Intel

  36. Sir Kay says:

    Nigerian army 72 mobile strike force operatives pictured with their Newley acquired beryl rifles

    credit: nigerian_armed.forces

  37. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Before we make local building of IFV and APC into Rocket science, I look at what is being built behind People’s backyard. (though for wrong reasons).

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/features-mexicos-monstrous-home-made-192810941.html

  38. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Also Ocean faring Submarines being built in the Jungles of South Ameria.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/13/the-drug-war-at-sea-rise-of-the-narco-subs.html

    • buchi says:

      this is a pure definition of neccesity is the mother of invention.something we should learn from.i believe that if we put our acts together we can start small by building a fast attack sub using almost the same blueprint of a u-boat.as a stop gap measure.i have been arguing that the u-boat blueprint with modification is ideal for us to start up our sub development capabilities.

  39. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    There Jungle work shop.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2013/10/mauner_mahecha_s_drug_submarines_inside_a_high_tech_south_american_narco.html.
    Put the right people in places and let the old expired products get off the self, we have seen the giant strides made by the computerized generation in Banking, Mobile phone, etc. we now need such for the Military, What brain or facilities could this drug guys have in the bush, that is not available in our Maritime shops, of cause in exception of will.
    The Igirigi has to be put into full scale production to meet the needs of themilitary or else the production cost of the small number of vehicles turned out would be un-economical and high. Why are we waiting for it to also die away.

    • We shld probably kidnap d mahecha guy and put his skills to use for us. Lol

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      This is what the External Intelligence guys should by doing, even in house have you had any body show an interest to the two boys that built an effective rocket and powered and fueled it with Sugar extracts. I am sure there are people within our borders that can do the same thing. No will, just praise talk and describing with intimate knowledge things we read about that was built by other “nation’s clever minds”. Why buy landing boats/craft from other countries. I am dreading the fact that a lot of this foreign purchased IVF/APC would soon fall by mechanical form of attrition. Igirigi II should be a platform built from the lessons acquired in the field ( cooling systems, suspensions/shock absorbers, shatf structures, tyre types, fuel capacity, additional incorporated weapons based on possible combat support roles, ergonomics, etc)from the REVAs and other APCs

    • Number one says:

      Oga you are on point.Why can’t Proforce or Innoson be sub-contracted to produce the Igirigi ?

  40. Number one says:

    Oga you are on point.Why can’t Proforce or Innoson be sub-contracted to produce the Igirigi ?

    • Probably because the NIgerian Military Penchant for ultimate secrecy makes tehm feel nothing of the such should be entrusted into civie hands

      • ozed says:

        My brothers. Some wise man (i forget who) once said, ‘they can, who think they can’. Our biggest problem is that our leaders do not really believe that we can, so once they have the alternative of import, they choose to import.
        Is it a coincidence that most of the technical advancements only happened in the last few years when an Engineer (Ihejirika) was at the helm?

        The question is how do we so integrate the military industry into our way of doing stuff in the Nigerian military that the question is first , Can we make this? before ‘can we buy this?
        The truth is that there is no real obstacle preventing us from developing locally most small to medium arms for the Army, light aircraft for the Airforce, basic (i.e. non-smart) ordinance etc. The ball is in our court.

  41. while we seem to be dragging our feet, countries like Vietnam have been busy building missile capable ships and buying solid subs
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/uk-vietnam-defence-idUKKBN0OI22A20150602
    only when we begin to harness and develop our own capabilities using all and any means at our disposal will we become something akin to a world power or a regional super power. we must develop our local arms industry as a matter of urgency and desperation. i think it is possible that in 2 years at most we no longer buy guns or ammunition from outside. Where we can we go totally local and where we cant we get licenses to produce. a lot of the basic arms use tech whose Patents have long expired.

  42. buchi says:

    i find this amusing but still serious.propaganda with a little hint of threatening reality

    ISIS, the jihadist group in Syria, Iraq and Libya, has claimed it could purchase a nuclear device and transport same to the United States, through a network of countries including Nigeria, up to Mexico.

    In its latest propaganda magazine, Dabiq, published two weeks ago, the group said the plan is workable the same way banned drugs are transported through West Africa to Western countries, saying it could even be easier with the presence of Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based group that recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.

    ISIS also described the Nigerian Army as “an exhausted and smashed national army that is now in a virtual state of collapse”.

    Currently, it said Boko Haram insurgents have taken control of much of Nigeria and their attacks are intensifying and pushing back the military.

    That claim contradicts recent successes recorded by the Nigerian military which has recovered several towns seized by the militant group in the last.

    In an op-ed piece titled, “The Perfect Storm,” attributed to a kidnapped British photojournalist, John Cantlie, it said the terrorist organisation which started as a movement in Iraq has suddenly turned into a global phenomenon that the West and the democratic world as a whole is ill-equipped to deal with.

    Mr. Cantlie has appeared in many propaganda videos released by ISIS after he was kidnapped by the extremist group.

    “Nothing on this scale has happened this big or this quick before. Huge swathes of Pakistan, Nigeria, Libya, Yemen, and the Sinai Peninsula are all now united under the black flag of tawhīd, gelled together as one by the Islamic State,” the piece said.

    “They (Boko Haram) declared allegiance to the Caliphate in March, and they are the same group, remember, that Obama claimed just last year was being successfully pushed back by American intervention policy.

    “Indeed, he claimed that the same model (cutting finances, recruitment tools, and the will to fight) that worked so ‘well’ in the degradation of the mujāhidīn there before their pledge of allegiance, would work just as well on the Islamic State. Some things just don’t work out as planned.”

    The article said the idea of reaching the U.S. with a deadly nuclear device is not as far-fetched.
    “Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” Cantlie wrote. “The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.

    “The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the mujāhidīn move it south to Nigeria. Drug shipments from Columbia bound for Europe pass through West Africa, so moving other types of contraband from East to West is just as possible.

    “The nuke and accompanying mujāhidīn arrive on the shorelines of South America and are transported through the porous borders of Central America before arriving in Mexico and up to the border with the United States.

    “From there it’s just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and hey presto, they’re mingling with another 12 million ‘illegal’ aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car.”

    The Nigerian military did not comment on the article. Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, did not respond to calls and text messages on Tuesday.

    • @Oga Buchi i saw the story too. Its a lot of propaganda but its not entirely oon-feasible. in fact they may not even need to route it through Nigeria at all.

      The concept of a dirty bomb as opposed to a true nuclear bomb is not new but its very plausible (first read about it in “sum of all fears”). while the explosive force of a dirty bomb is not as powerful as a true nuclear bomb, the radioactive fallout is very deadly.

      • buchi says:

        definitely.the report just cracked me up…i coudnt help laughing especially at their stupid and short sighted description of our armed forces..
        pathetic propaganda

  43. check out this link from nairaland on the story of a naija made drone. Its essentially a toy but this guy could achieve more with the necessary resources and tech know how. there are many more like him out there am sure.
    http://www.nairaland.com/1796085/made-nigeria-remote-control-aircraft

  44. lachit says:


    found this product line picture of IGIRIGI apc
    decided to share it.

    mounting of heavy weapons like RCL like 106mm RCL on it will be difficult. space constraints plus lack of roll over strut frame for re-enforcing the main body shell

  45. lachit says:

    regarding the nukes or dirty bomb it is not propoganda
    it is highly likely, countries at risk are india nigeria us europe even russia china.
    the point is every nuclear material has its own DNA fingerprint. if such weapon is used, the country of origin will be found out .and countries like us, russia will 100% nuke that country to hell.
    funny thing is pakistani press is full of reports of india giving nukes to ISIS to discredit pakistan.
    and all the while i was thinking that indian media was the only stupid media in the whole world.

    what the hell if i have plutonium i can made a nuclear bomb,just need a neutron reflector material (the name of the actual material i deliberate wont mention),shaped charged high grade explosives ,a high voltage DC trigger mechanism, and the info on critical mass ( i have a rough idea ) but chances are the bomb might just not go into full fission reaction it might fizzle out at 40-60% explosive yield

    • buchi says:

      if it still has a blast reduce greater then 5m..it is still heck dangerous

      BEIJING: Pakistan Air Force Chief today met top Chinese defence officials as the two countries look to upgrade the jointly produced JF-17 Thunder fighter jet, amid India’s move to acquire 36 Rafale warplanes from France.

      PAF Chief Air Marshal Sohail Aman, who is on a five day visit to China, met Gen Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), the high command of the Chinese military.

      The visit is aimed at increasing combat capabilities of JF-17 Thunder, single-engine multi-role combat aircraft jointly produced by the two countries, at par with the latest lethal and sophisticated aircraft of the world, PAF spokesman had said ahead of Sohail’s visit to the communist giant.

      PAF plans to acquire 200 fighter jets this year. Fan and Sohail pledged to strengthen practical cooperation in training, military equipment and anti-terrorism, state-run news agency reported.

      “China and Pakistan have become ‘iron friends’, always trusting and supporting each other,” Fan said while expressing hope that the two countries’ military cooperation will contribute to regional peace and stability.

      Pakistan has always placed the two country’s bilateral relationship as a top priority. Pakistan is willing to join hands with China to strengthen all-round military-to-military exchanges and cooperation, particularly in the air force, Sohail said.

      Sohail hoped the two countries’ military cooperation will provide a safe and secure environment for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and deepen their all-weather friendship and all-dimensional cooperation.

      Pakistan relies heavily on Chinese military ware and also evinced keen interest in the new weapon systems being vigorously developed by China such as J-31 stealth aircraft and the wide bodied Y-20 heavy military aircraft which China says is comparable to the Russian-made IL-76 and the US’ C-17.

      Sohail’s visit came amid India’s move to acquire 36 twin- engine multi role fighter aircraft Rafale.

      In March, Pakistan Naval Chief Muhammad Zakaullah had visited China during which the deal to sell eight Chinese submarines to Pakistan navy was reportedly clinched.

      • lachit says:

        actually i once read that a 15 year old boy in us had made a almost working prototype of a bomb by using materials from smoke dectotors.he got around 1500 smoke detectors and took out the element out of it and managed to convert it into unstable element and shaped it into a *perticular shape* required for gun tube type bomb. unfortunately he died of radiation. man i dont think i want that to happen to me.
        that boy was a genius impressive was how he converted the element from the smoke detectors into weapon grade materials.
        therefore there are rectrictions on medical equipments/other equipments which use nuclear materials and substances are added deliberately to render it ineffective for use in bombs.

        @buchi
        “if it still has a blast reduce greater then 5m..it is still heck dangerous”
        if terrorist make it i pray that blast radius is not more than 5 cm and if i make it i hope it is more than 5 km

        the relationship between china and pakistan is one sided, china is the only beneficiary. the myth regarding the invernurability of chinese weapons are due to reports coming out of pakistan.10 years back pakistan was telling german submarines are world class since they failed to buy it and are looking to buy chinese subs , now the chinese subs have become some wonder weapons.

        pakistan will always try to match india. and the good thing is india should encourage it.
        pakistan might end up like the ussr.

        also last i hear jf 17 block 1 was having some serious problems with its avionics malfunctioning .the work on block 2 is at standstill untill this is sorted out. funny thing is none of this is being reported guess they dont want to spoil its export chances

      • Kola Adekola says:

        Oga lachit, I am sure the boy did not die, but was busted by security services, men in white protective coats, disposal vans etc… The shed in the back garden was taken away, then the boy was given a job. I believe his design made possible a particular family of weapons that were once thought almost impossible.

      • lachit says:

        @Kola Adekola

        i am surprised man u know about .this was reported good 10-13 years back.
        i read it while i was in class 10 .i remember that that the boy was suffering from radiation sickness.when u mentioned the shed it kind of came back to me.yes u may be correct since my memory might be little hazy.
        by the way where did u read it/come to know about it

      • Kola Adekola says:

        Heheh! Oga lachit, one of my bad habits is reading a lot.
        I got the story from two sources, one was a science mag (not sure which now), the other was from Readers Digest.🙂

      • lachit says:

        same here readers digest lol

  46. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    The West is addicted to it’s “white Western Messiah Complex” mentality and has always had a pre-planned agenda to fit events into it’s narrative, which feeds it’s citizens with a false sense of superiority to Africans, their support is required for every move made by their governments ( the fact right now that they cannot directly re-colonize Africa is the outcry they would face at home not any other obstacles). This started right from first contact with Africa and pre-colonial times, the first African presented in Europe was a Gorilla whom were said to be the “wild man” inhabitants of the dark continent, this ape had never been, the effect was that very few Citizens challenged the Invasion/Colonization of such an area. They even in not too distant times kept a living human been with his wife in a New York Zoo.
    http://nymag.com/news/features/scandals/pygmy-ota-benga-2012-4/

  47. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Same goes for Nigeria, nobody is going to praise us for anything, except they can get part or all of the glory, when they could no claim Nigerian Military is being defeated, they resorted to saying Mercenaries were the fix. Nigeria has not fitted any of their narratives, Ebola, Boko Haram, Elections, so now they want to fix in close and claim the glory was based on their interaction with us, This same guys let Doctor Adadevoh die, watched Boko Haram get at us, claimed theCobra helicopters was too advanced for Nigerians to fly , a light heavily armed category helicopter (The Mi35 being flown by Nigerians are the real heavy metals) .
    A lot of us do not even real know our history well, (of cause when the ruler of a country can encourage the removal of history from the secondary school syllabus). The French university maths syllabus is based on the Algebra syllabus of the ancient universities in Timbuktu, The Dogon People have continued to baffle NASA with their accurate knowledge of star and constellations that were not know to modern astronomers till recent.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirius_Mystery

  48. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    The longest man made structure is not the wall of China but the ancient wall of Benin kingdom and visible using remote sensing scanners from space.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin.
    Our duties here goes beyond making educated elite noise here, but educating all persons that get into the website of the kind of people we are. We need to understand that our strength is in our unity which must be based on fairness and equity to all, we have grown beyond tribal sentiments ( we were never tribes but peoples of different cultures). Lets leave that behind and forge ahead, achieving all we need to archive. Are action have spoken loader than the West’s words
    We need to know where we are coming from, all this things happened without any western help. We must remain totally confident in ourselves, most sectors are making giant strides due to the reality and economics of things, the military must be encouraged to do the same. most sectors are not importing at this scale , except of cause the petroleum marketers which is a basic strategic failure (Being unable to manufacture petrol at this age and time of the countries exsistance, even Biafra did better with the production in their war enclave).

  49. Kola Adekola says:

    God Bless you Capt Tobias Wilcock for your inspiring posts.

    Your mention of the Dogon and how they confound NASA and modern science with their depth of knowledge of the cosmos reminded me of a post I made some time ago.
    It was of a video from an American mathematics professor (Ron Eglash) about fractal theory and binary math in Africa. The man found that practically all of the African way of life is based on these two areas of math, both of which are relatively new to the West, especially fractal theory which requires a completely different way of thinking from the linear style that is used in the West.

    The West classes fractal theory as advanced math and binary maths makes computing possible. Yet the strange thing is that whenever our people see these forms of math, they call it witchcraft and start “casting,” “binding,” and invoking “Holy Ghost Fire!”

    Dem swear for us?

    It is for this reason that we cannot produce basic things like LAV’s, drones etc. You will also find that as soon as any Nigerian does something extraordinary, a thousand Nigerians will rise up to laugh. Why? We need a means to defeat these people for the betterment of our country. Many are even in government.

    If you are conversant with computer intelligence, you will realise that one math method practised by some diviners that Professor Ron Eglash pointed out as confounding to him is actually a genetic algorithm. Now, genetic algorithms are the playfield of only the brainiest of the brainy in the West, yet here were African diviners showing a mathematics prof a trick or two.

    Here is the video again.

    • lachit says:

      this is new to me
      are u sure about the name
      can u provide some links for info

      • lachit says:

        i meant the genetics algorithm

      • Kola Adekola says:

        Oga lachit, deterministic chaos is an important part of evolutionary genetic algorithms used in artificial intelligence.

        The point in the video is where Ron Eglash talks about how he couldn’t understand how Bamana diviners where getting parts of a code. In the end, He tried to pay them, but they wouldn’t accept money. In the end, he told them he knew something about what they were doing and told them about the Cantor, at which point the diviners got excited and decided to share knowledge with him.

        Ron Eglash learnt that the diviners were using a binary code pseudo-random number generator, based on deterministic chaos.

      • lachit says:

        thank u i learnt something new and very interesting
        ie genetics algo it seems that it is being used in search engines
        good potential for swarm intelligence
        might be used for designing algos for self aware DNA based computer similiar in performance/capacity for logic as a human brain.

        thanks again
        will study it

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Oga Kay, Thank you for the Video, there lots of things that the west has used to cover our eyes, Mungo Park and Co litter our history books, we do not need such patronizing characters in our narrative, He was just the first European to visit River Niger, He discovered bloody nothing. The Africans have lost a lot of knowledge, there was an ancient form of writing in West African, the people were destroyed just like the Bini wall, I am a hunting addict and I tell you I saw a young hunter make gunpowder from certain stones he randomly picked up in the reserve, certain tree barks which he processed when he ran out of convectional gunpowder. he load his gun and it fired and killed an antelope. from the smell and the look of the mixture it was different from the gunpowder I know. The Odus of Ifa a basis for the basic form of computer. We don’t have to event the wheel. If it took a Colombia high school graduate plus 22 other persons of various mid level trades men & technical qualification in a jungle workshop to build a sea going submarine, As was suggested we can set out on a little “Manhattan project” and build one to patrol the coast lines in a year. the key thing in all this discoveries has been the will and vision as contained in the mission statements – “I want an Atomic bomb” by the US president during WW2 , “I want to go to the Moon” , there was no blue print for going to the moon, apart from Von Brown, most of the other scientist were just out of College and that was their first work employment ( New Grads). I still congratulate the brains behind the Igirigi, knowing fully well that it must have taken a “superman’s” effort on their part to overcome the establishment’s general disposition to made in Nigeria.

  50. The most “in-credible” thing about the nuke/dirty bomb story is that they told it. But truth is if ISIS got their hands on such a weapon, the route stated is the most likely route to be used

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      For us in Nigeria, as said before, this is not a Maitasine affair, it also implies that ISIS has the Nigerian insurgency in their equation. I short we should expect that as long as the BH foot soldiers remain in the bush, they would receive clandestine support from outside. A land corridor access exists via Libya. We need to destroy this group in quick order or it might grow to something we cannot image. after that we need to enforce security with patrols in our borders and a network with the local hunter and CJTF to monitor strange faces and movements ( it seems they are still looked down on as crude and local). They would be indispensable allies and assets in an local grass root COIN Ops ( I am sure Ebeen would acknowledge the Ovambo units in the Bush war). They would be the first to identify strange faces or movements in their areas and would be a very essential part of the human intelligence. By destroying BH effectively the ISIS guys would not have a beach-head in Nigeria to funnel it’s resources, we also have two buffer countries between us and Libya, then why Nigeria not these countries ?. Once we let that happen it would be a different ball game, ( Imagine BH getting it’s hands on ManPads, which they can use to down military or civil aircraft, since ISIS and the rebels got Manpads in Syria, the mighty Syrian Military ( veteran of Middle east wars) has lost it’s steam. Gentlemen I don’t understand how we were surprised in Maiduguri by BH forces coming from outside the city without being detected by our ISR assets, or their retreat was not monitored and captured to their staging area ( at least a aerial platform could have been dispatched from other stations before the conclusion of the encounter). From the retreat from Sambisa by the BH which was more of a practical definition of helter skellter , they seem to be forming up and arming up either by being resupplied or reaching into their hidden caches . The PMC taught strategy was suppose to be relentless pursuit, However with this recent attacks, they appear to be regaining the initiative,” Controlling the time place and mode of engagements is the bedrock of guerrilla’s tactics, strike when you want and when you can. Once BH is denied the initiative, they become a group of vagabonds preoccupied with survival , This tactical denial can be enforced by taking away the factor of “time” from BH’s equation by relentless and aggressive pursuit till they tire, give up or make mistakes due to both mental and physical stress ( denial of biological sustenance – food, water and fatigue from lack of rest from close pursuit and constant strikes), A proper airborne schedule for all period of the day has to be put up for our ISR assets to enable the defending force pre-empt attacks and also effective vanquish the retreating force. We have the technical, advantage lets use it before we lose it. ISIS must be thinking of assisting them to mitigate air attacks ( re- Chadian caught with 19 SAMs).
      We need to do this now before ISIS sets up a line of support through the Sahara via Libya/Mali.

    • trigger says:

      When a magician tells you that this is where the magic is, If you blink you miss it. Meanwhile the actual ‘magic’ is taking place somewhere else and that place is just a distraction. The whole world will be monitoring this route while the terrorist will takes a different route. Reverse psychology 101

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Very true, Oga trigger, but let’s even close up matters in the destination, our own back yard,.(NE), would be very difficult to costly to go through other routes, for example Somalia / Sudan axis is one, (Man with 19 SAM was arrested coming form the Sudanese border with Chad, In the CAR the Anti- Balaka were very crude but effective in getting their message across, so you see no mention of them in the ISIS equation, there beach head in CAR is gone.

  51. lachit says:

    @all
    u guys must have heard about the fuel air type bombs they are the basis of MOAB(mother of all bombs) and FOAB ( father of all bombs ) bombs by us and russia.most powerful non nuclear bombs in existance.

    suppose u want to make such bomb in ur garage can u name 1 ingredient that will be the primary substance of the bomb which is commonly available in addition to the ignition fuel like liquified natural gas or vaporied petrol .
    think.

  52. Henry says:

    Lachit, the image you posted isn’t that of the Igirigi. That’s the Chassis of a Proforce PF2 LAV, it is similar to the Otoka akrep, streit cougar and the mahindra. It is manufactured by a Nigerian armouring company.

    Search the beegeagle archives for Proforce range of LAPVs.

  53. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    This is getting funny, they need to be identiifed with the Victories and effectiveness the Nigerian Military achieved against Boko Haram. Our we going to start training on another line of equipment, How about the countries that stood with us during the hard days.

    http://www.voanews.com/media/video/nigeria-leadership-change-could-lead-to-greater-us-/2806076.html

  54. lachit says:

    Anger in China over Russian sale of Klub missiles to Vietnam

    SOURCE: WANT CHINA TIMES

    US-based military news site Strategy Page published an article on May 31 entitled “Submarines: China Objects To Getting Klubbed,” stating that China has lodged complaints with Russia, Vietnam and the US after Moscow agreed to sell 50 submarine launched 3M54 Klub missiles to Hanoi, according to the website of China’s Global Times.

    The Strategy Page report stated that although Russia and Vietnam have been trying to keep the deal on the down low, 28 of the Klub missiles have already been delivered to Vietnam. China is particularly concerned because the Klub missile can also be used to strike ground targets. The article stated that the submarines of India, Algeria and Vietnam are currently using the missiles and they are said to be highly effective, despite previous problems with the missile encountered on failed Indian test fires in 2007.

    The Klub missile weighs 2 tonnes, with a warhead of 200 kilograms, and is fired from a 533 mm torpedo tube on submarines, according to the report. The anti-ship version of the missile has a range of 300 km and can reach a speed of up to 3000 km per hour in the final minute of its trajectory, the report said. With a 400 kg warhead, the land attack version of the missile does not have a high terminal stage speed, the report said.

    The missile speeds up in the last 15 minutes of its approach, which it covers in just 20 seconds, before which it travels at an altitude of 30 m, making it difficult to detect and to counter, the report said.

    The Klub resembles the 3M80 and P700 missiles which were commissioned at the end of the Cold War, the report said. However, Russian missiles have little experience in combat and are unreliable, according to the report, although this has improved with civilian contractors in recent years.

    China currently has no effective defense against the Klub missile, which is likely why they are making such an issue out of the deal, the report said.

    Russia also agreed to sell six Kilo-class submarines to Vietnam in 2009, which provoked ire from Beijing as well, the report said

  55. Trigger says:

    Thank you lachit.

  56. Trigger says:

    Strategypage is a US propaganda site.

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