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Insurgency: India, S’Africa, others partner Nigeria to produce weapons

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Five countries – Poland, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan and India – have partnered the Nigerian Ministry of Defence to commence the production of weapons for the armed forces to prosecute the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said this on Monday at the Nigerian Army Research and Innovation Summit in Abuja, adding that the partnership would include the transfer of technology and skills to the armed forces.
The summit, with the theme, “Research and Innovation: Developing synergy with indigenous institutions for enhanced capacity in the Nigerian Army,” had the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in attendance.
Dan-Ali said, “We are working on a partnership with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria and some foreign original equipment manufacturers with a view to launching a pilot production line of some fast-moving arms and ammunition for the armed forces of Nigeria. Through this effort, Nigeria will save its hard earned foreign exchange.
“So far, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan and India have visited Nigeria for that purpose of partnership. This partnership will, among other things, consider the transfer of skills and technological innovations for the advancement of our armed forces.”
Buratai said 178 military equipment were refurbished between July 2015 and now, and had boosted the war against the Boko Haram terrorists.
He said, “We have learnt the hard lessons of over-reliance on foreign equipment which was a huge setback in the initial stage of our operations. Presently, 178 armoured fighting vehicles have been refurbished and this is part of what has turned the tide of operations in the North-East in our favour.”
“All army corps and formations have been charged to intensify research and innovation efforts towards developing the right weapons and platforms needed to solve the identified battlefield problems. This charge led to the development of weapons such as Odey Rechargeable Dynamo Exploder, and the Mini Clearing Armoured Vehicle.”
Some other weapons displayed at the summit are Infantry Patrol Vehicle (IPV) and the Incinerator.

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