FIELD IMAGERÝ : NIGERIAN MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

An Agusta A109 LUH of the Nigerian Air Force

A battle-scarred Otokar Cobra APC of the Nigerian Army

A Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force

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FIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIA’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’ IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

A T55 tank of the Nigerian Army at Konduga, a gateway town to Maiduguri which has thus far been heroically defended THIRTEEN TIMES by men of the 103 Battalion, supported by commandos of the 72 Strike Force, from spirited onslaughts by Boko Haram insurgents

A Steyr 4K 7FA-G127 APC of the Nigerian Army at Konduga

Emblematic of Nigerian swagger; a confident commando of the 72 Strike Force of the Nigerian Army at Konduga…death before dishonour.

A Lockheed C130-H30 of the Nigerian Air Force deployed in support of ongoing counterinsurgency operations

Ammunition boxes stacked up for relentless offensive and defensive operations

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NIGERIA’S WAR ON TERROR: MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

A Steyr 4K 7FA APC of the Nigerian Army

A Super Puma helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force and a VICE NEWS reporter

A T72 M1 tank of the Nigerian Army on a tank transporter

Commandos of the 72 Strike Force, a unit trained by the South African PMC, STTEP, are seen here in a REVA MRAP bristling with weaponry

A South African-built REVA MRAP of the 72 Strike Force

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POST-RECAPTURE BY NIGERIAN FORCES, NORMALCY RETURNS TO BOKO HARAM’S ERSTWHILE CALIPHAL HQ OF GWOZA

A T72 M1 tank of the Nigerian Army at Gwoza

Nigerian Air Force pilots at Gwoza

Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s Director of Defence Information. In the background is an Agusta A109 LUH helicopter of the NAF

A Mi-35 attack helicopter at Gwoza. This unit was delivered to the NAF in August 2014

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FIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN ARMY COMBAT OPERATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

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Troops and a Steyr 4K 7FA armoured personnel carrier of the Nigerian Army. One observable trend in the theatre is that, unlike the standard Browning M2 12.7mm machine guns with which these Steyr APCs are normally associated, many more Steyr APCs such as this unit pictured above, now field DShK 12.7mm machine guns.

By a very wide margin, the most widely deployed machine gun in the NA is the Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm HMG. These can be seen on landing craft and river gunboats in the Niger Delta, on APCs, MRAPs and gun trucks.

Next on the perking order is the Browning M2 12.7mm HMG which is mounted on Panhard VBL armoured cars, most Steyr APCs, some Otokar Cobra APCs and on gun trucks.

The DShK 12.7mm HMG, almost certainly the Chinese-made variant thereof, has most visibly been fielded on dozens of Chinese-built river gunboats of the Amphibious Forces. Until recently, no DShKs were visible on any armoured vehicles and gun trucks.

The Nigerian Army are also increasingly having their combat assets upgunned with twin-barreled 14.5mm and 23mm guns. This commendable practice never used to be the case until the outbreak of hostilities in the Northeast, something which has bolstered creativity and improvisation on the part of officers and men of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME).

NAEME are quietly working in the field to keep tanks and armoured vehicles moving, weaponising hitherto unarmed APCs, fabricating gun shields and reconfiguring utility trucks into gun trucks.

A Panhard VBL M11 armoured car(foreground) and two MOWAG APCs (in the background) of the Nigerian Army at ALAGARNO.

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AN IMPROVISED SELF-PROPELLED 105mm GUN CAPTURED BY NIGERIAN TROOPS AT GWOZA

The Nigerian Army operate neither tracked nor truck-mounted 105mm artillery.

This piece which was recaptured from Boko Haram at Gwoza could only have been mounted on this truck’s chassis by the terrorists. It shows how much they are willing to innovate just to remain in the fight

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FIELD IMAGERY: MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

Artillerymen and a Bofor FH-77B 155mm piece.

A Bofors 155mm artillery piece opens up a barrage against hostile targets

Nighttime bombardment by artillerymen

New to the inventory…a BVP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle kicks up dust

A BVP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle and its raised 73mm gun

The exigencies of war; rotary wing airframes at a makeshift facility

A powerful pintle-mounted machine gun onboard s Mi-35 attack helicopter

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