The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s .
These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against the militants popularly known as Boko Haram.
The new vehicles are a heavily modified derivative of the original Ara, eight of which were delivered to the Nigerian Army in 2018.
The same industry source said the new variant features significant enhancements, most notably a fully monocoque hull. The previous Ara used a Tatra 2.30 TRK 4×4 truck chassis. Design work began in January 2018 with feedback from the military on the original Aras being used to refine it further.
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