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Nigeria set to unveil first tank

04 Mar

– DICON announces the unveiling
of first Nigerian APC
– The corporation hopes to launch
mass production of tanks
Nigeria will be unveiling its first own
domestically-made prototype of the
armourd personnel carrier (APC) in
September.
Major General Bamidele Ogunkale,
director general of the Defence
Industries Corporation of Nigeria
(DICON), has revealed this on March
4, Thursday.
Ogunkale was speaking while
receiving Brig Gen Christopher Musa
paid him a courtesy visit at the
DICON headquarters in Kaduna.
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indigenous UAV, GULMA, in flight
The director general has said that
corporation hopes to launch mass
production.
He said: “By September this year,
we hope to unveil the first
prototype APC and with presidential
support, we will go into mass
production.”
“Nigerians try to compare and
contrast Brazil Defence Industries
with DICON. Whatever hurdles we
have identified, we should clear
them and move forward. I am
optimistic that President
Muhammadu Buhari who said he is
not happy with the wreck in DICON
against the hard earned foreign
exchange going out for purchase of
arms and ammunition, would no
doubt give DICON the needed
support.”
The immediate past government of
Goodluck Jonathan two years ago
unveiled the country’s first
indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle,
GULMA, designed and constructed
by the Nigerian Air Force.
Nigeria’s military lack basic arms to
fight the deadly Boko Haram sect,
that threatened peace in Nigeria for
many years. The former national
security adviser Sambo Dasuki
allegedly diverted $2,1 bn meant for
the purchase of weapons to fight the
insurgents.

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