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Army begins production of tactical vehicles

Infantry patrol vehicles completely conceptualised, designed and manufactured in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army says light tactical vehicles and other weapons were being locally produced by its company, Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC).

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday after he toured production lines in the company located at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Buratai disclosed that the first set of the indigenous “light tactical vehicles’’ produced by the company would be exhibited on July 6.

He said that NAVMC was collaborating with Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the production of the vehicles.

The army chief, however, noted that since the ’60s, there had not been a serious effort at producing military equipment locally.

“The Nigeria defence complex, DICON, will soon be turned around for good.”

“This is a very good development and we are keeping to timeline. We are working on mass production of the vehicles.”

The NAVMC was inaugurated in April, 2019.

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