The Nigerian Air Force has commissioned Paramount Group’s Marauder armoured vehicle and personnel carrier as part of efforts to improve its capabilities to counter threats posed by terrorist and extremist groups.

The new vehicle is designed to provide improved levels of protection and mobility to the airforce.

The 15t Marauder armoured land system supports reconfiguration as either a troop carrier or combat vehicle.

Capable of travelling at a top speed of 120kmph in challenging terrains, the vehicle features a double-skinned hull throughout its cabin and crew compartment. This will offer protection against a range of kinetic attacks.

Furthermore, the vehicle has the ability to withstand a side blast equivalent to 50kg of explosives.

Paramount has equipped Marauder with anti-blast seats to offer protection from the extreme acceleration of a side blast or mine blast under the hull.

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“The Marauder contains a Jordanian-made snakehead turret fitted with a 7.62mm machine gun to provide protection for its crew against heavy attacks.”

Paramount Group senior vice-president Eric Ichikowitz said: “We are privileged to work alongside the Nigerian Air Force, commending, through the acquisition and deployment of the Marauder, their continued commitment to enhancing their national defence and internal security capabilities and prowess.

“Nigeria’s Government also understands not only the leadership role they play in international peacekeeping missions across the ECOWAS, but indeed how to effectively address the evolutionary nature of those cross-regional challenges posed by threats such as organised insurgencies.”

The company also noted that the armoured vehicle can be integrated with a range of weapons systems.

The Marauder contains a Jordanian-made snakehead turret fitted with a 7.62mm machine gun to provide protection for its crew against heavy attacks.

With the capacity to handle up to 4,500kg payloads, the vehicle can carry extra fuel tanks, water and combat supplies.

This capability can support long-range patrol or quick reaction force operations.