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Army launches 7 locally made armour vehicles

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has inaugurated seven locally produced Armoured fighting vehicles to boost the fight against insurgency in the northeast. 

At a ceremony at the headquarters of Theater Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, General Buratai said the seven Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicles, MRAP was third in the series. 

Represented by the Theatre Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the Army Chief pointed out that the homegrown technological innovation was a major drive to restore normalcy to the north east. 

Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Olusegun Adeniyi inaugurating the vehicles in Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Buratai noted that the materials used in constructing the platforms were sourced from the Theatre except for the bullet-resistant glasses.

He assured that such innovations would be sustained. 

Theatre Commander flanked by senior military officers and other security chiefs during the inauguration. Photo: Dauda Iliya.

Commander 107 Division Equipment Support Brigadier General Babatunde Alaya said the vehicles were constructed to improve mobility and protection for troops prosecuting the counter-insurgency operations.

According to him, the Armoured vehicle is capable of resisting AK47 and Anti Aircraft ammunition. 

General Alaya thanked the Chief of Army Staff for providing funds for manufacturing the vehicles. 

Dauda Iliya

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