The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received an undisclosed number of Marauder mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles from South Africa's Paramount Group.
The acquisition was confirmed by the South African company on 28 March, confirming earlier social media postings of photos of the vehicle.
Each NAF vehicle is equipped with a King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) Snake Head protected weapons station, fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun. The Snake Head features a significant amount of armoured glass in its design to enable improved visibility by personnel compared with a more traditional turret or remotely operated weapons station, while enabling a weapon to be operated from a protected position.
The Marauder can carry a crew of two and eight dismounts. The vehicle has a blast protection of STANAG 4569 levels 3A and 3B standards, which can be increased to Level 4 standards with add-on kits. The vehicle is of a monocoque hull construction using a flatter angled V-hull and can withstand a side-blast equivalent of up to 50 kg of explosives. The vehicle has a single-piece 90 mm bullet-resistant windscreen together with two bullet-resistant side windows left and right. The vehicle also has two side doors for the crew and a door at the rear for the dismounts.
The announcement comes as the NAF is in the process of training its own force protection and special forces components. On 15 March the NAF announced that it had graduated the first class of Nigerian-trained special forces personnel.
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