The Nigerian Army has officially inducted the Nigerian-made Proforce Ara Mine Resistance and Protection (MRAP) into service. The vehicles were commissioned by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during the Nigerian Army Day celebration held in Monguno Borno State on the 6th of July 2018.
The Nigerian Army Day celebration is set aside to mark the date Nigerian troops began routing out the Biafran separatist forces on June 6, 1967. The week-long event was also made to celebrate soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the restive North-East of Nigeria.
During this year's event, President Buhari was received by the Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima, the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar and other members of the National and State Assemblies.
The military displays includes; a Firepower exercise from infantrymen, Quick Response Force troops rappelling from the NAF 565 Super Puma helicopter and a Special Force drills.
A hostage rescue was also simulated shortly after, with elite military units werr seen parachuting from a Dornier Do-228 light utility aircraft.
Additionally, a display from the Army Snipers in moving motorbikes and artillerymen showcasing their Type 90 30 mm artillery, 105 mm, 122 mm and 155 mm towed, 120mm mortars and self-propelled artillery.
Finally, a unique Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MRLS) mounted on an unfamiliar truck could also be seen.
Nigerian Army Helicopter Project
Prior to the Nigerian Army Day celebration 2018, a military exhibition and trade fair was organized which saw the unveiling of some unique indigenous products like the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) of a Nigerian-made helicopter, Meal-Ready-to-Eat (MRE).
Other established defense technology companies like Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME), Proforce Limited, Namibian Sat-com Communications Solutions company also attended the exhibition.
Proforce Limited, a Defence Company from Nigeria which pioneers the development and design of armoured vehicles (Tactical vehicles, SUVs and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) has recently (for the first time) exhibited its products at the well-renowned Eurosatory 2018 and also at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 (AAD 2016).
Proforce Ara Mine Resistance and Protection (MRAP)