Army move to launch indigenous 'mine resistant vehicle'

Army move to launch indigenous 'mine resistant vehicle'

- An indigenous mine resistance ambush vehicle has been launched by the Nigerian Army

- The MRAP is designed to carry out transportation in smooth and rough terrain with the capability to assault with high volume of fire

- According to the Nigerian Army, the Ezugwu MRAP carries a crew of 12 which includes the commander, driver, two gunners and eight soldiers

The Nigerian Army on Friday, October 25, announced its plan to launch an indigenous mine resistance ambush vehicle.

In a press statement signed by Captain Abdulrasheed Ahmed, for the coordinator, Army operations media, the Army said the vehicle would be the first of its kind launched in Nigeria.

Ahmed said the vehicle named 'Ezugwu MRAP' is designed and built by Command Engineering Depot in collaboration with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria.

He said the 4x4 armoured vehicle is designed to carry out transportation in smooth and rough terrain with the capability to assault with high volume of fire.

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The Ezugwu MRAP carries a crew of 12 which includes the commander, driver, two gunners and eight soldiers.

Ahmed said: "The primary armament includes a 12.7 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun and a 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun. It is good for counter-terrorism, maintenance of stability and also a perfect vehicle for urban warfare."

"The vehicle is characterized by good protection performance, strong cross-country capability, high reliability, easy maintenance, and can operate in the severe cold as well as sweltering desert areas," he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Army had as part of its strategies in winning the war against Boko Haram terrorists fighting in the northeast acquired four mine-resistant vehicles.

The Army in a statement said the vehicles were expected to provide protection and enhance firepower for Military troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.

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