Nigerian Army and Nigerian indigenous motor manufacturing company, Innoson Motors manufacturing company are working together to produce made in Nigeria military hardware to reduce dependence on imported arms.
The partnership will involve the modification of some of the Army equipment, local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardware.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, in a statement said the issue came up during visit of the management of Innoson Motors, led by its chairman, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai at the Army headquarters in Abuja.
The Army chief explained that the specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured fighting vehicles in the north east theatre of operations
Buratai recalled asking Innoson Motors to supply three vehicles early last year, which were found to be durable and performing very well as they were employed in combat and proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient in military operations.
Based on that, the Army chief said the Nigerian Army has acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles, which were deployed in the North East region, for Operation Lafiya Dole.
He further stated that the Nigerian Army desires to deepen its cooperation by partnering with Innoson vehicle manufacturing company limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardwares.
Responding, Dr Innocent Chukwuma expressed happiness that the nigerian Army has found his vehicles working perfectly and commended the Chief of Army staff for his great sense of patriotism.
Highlight of the occasion was inspection and handing over of 3 of the newly manufactured vehicles by the company for trial by the Nigerian Army.
These newly manufactured vehicles are; IVM G80 bigger jeep, IVM G40 smaller jeep and IVM granite pickup.