The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, on Saturday, January 26, commissioned the newly established Nigerian Army Vehicles Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) in Kaduna state.
The army chief also witnessed the take off of the production of the prototype of the light and heavy infantry vehicles at NAVMC located in the Rigachikun area of the state.
The event also featured facility tour of NAVMC production line, Which include NAC-V production line, B vehicles assembly plant, fitter machine plant, engine overhaul shop, engine testing bay, fabrication, painting and spray shop as well as foundary and metal smith shop.
The COAS also commissioned some refurbished A and B vehicles and other equipment resuscitated by the NAVMC.
Present at the were Honourable Yusuf Zailani, Majority leader, Kaduna state House of Assembly, the chairman, North East Development Commission and former Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General PC Tarfa (rtd), and the current Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade.
Others were the Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders and Commandants of the various Nigerian Army training institutions and the representative of the Emir of Zazzau and other dignitaries.
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The COAS had late last year revealed that the Nigerian Army would in 2025 begin the production of combat vehicles in the country.
Buratai made this known at the 77 Regular Recruits Intake passing out parade at the Nigerian Army depot in Zaria, Kaduna state.
He said that through research, the depot had already produced five patrol vehicles named “TYB”.
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