Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Friday undertook a working tour of Command Engineering Depot Kaduna where he inspected 5 pieces of newly-manufactured Nigerian Army (NA) constructed Mines-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) and assessed the ongoing production of new ones.
He was conducted round the depot by the Commander, Major General Sunday Araoye and Director General, Defence Industries Corporation, Major General Victor Ezugwu where he also inspected the repairs of damaged/malfunctioned back-loaded Armoured Personnel Carriers, troops-carrying vehicles and other combat vehicles.
Both the new and the repaired MRAPs, Armoured Personnel Careers, as well as the repaired troops’ carrying vehicles were test driven and proved to be in good working condition.
Briefing the Chief of Army Staff at the Depot’s Smart Factory, the Commandant said that a state-of-the-art 3D printing machine for vehicles’ parts and medical implants had been installed.
Hevsaid: “We have also manufactured a surveillance vehicle with drone attached to it to enhance NA’s operations.”
After the tour of the facility, members of the press were briefed by the Acting Director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa.
He said that the construction and repairs of the MRAPs, troops’ carrying vehicles and other combat equipment as well as the manufacturing of 12.6mm anti aircraft guns and repairs of backloaded ones by the Depot had proved to be impactful and combat multipliers for the ongoing war against insurgency and anti banditry operations in the north east and north western parts of Nigeria.
Sagir said: “The initiative and efforts of the NA in this regard, has proven to be a force multiplier and very effective in the various
theatres of Operations in the fight against terrorism in the north east and anti bandit.”