The Nigerian army has an array of weapons in it’s arsenal with over 82 different weapon systems and 194 types of ammunition, of 62 different categories from 14 manufacturers worldwide
There is no doubt the Nigeria army Traditional weapon system is the artillery, which has been the army centre of focus in procurement.
here we take a look at the Nigeria army deadly weapons, Nigeria’s enemy should fear:
THE D20 HOWITZER TOWED ARTILLERY:
The Nigeria army D20 Howitzer has witnessed battle and fire assessment which is currently in use in the Nigeria army theater of operation Lafiya dole in the Sambisa forest against Boko-haram. The D20 Howitzer was delivered to the Nigeria army in 1993 from Romania stocks and since then has prove worthy of operation. Old but effective this towed artillery system was designed in 1945 by the Soveit Union , it has a firing range of 10,818 Miles (17,410 kilometres) which can deal a heavy blow on the enemy positions.
Lenght: 26.57 ft feet (8.1 meters)
Width: 7.71 feet (2.35 meters)
Height: 6 tons (5,700 kilograms, 12,566 pounds)
Engine: None. (This is a Towed Artillery system)
Range: 10,818 miles, (17,410 Kilometers)
RM-70 SELF PROPELLED ARTILLERY:
The Czech Made RM-70 SPA was delivered to the Nigeria Army in 2015 by Czech Republic, over 6 (six) unit was delivered to the Nigerian army.
with a maximum firing range of 20KM, it was greatly use in the war against insurgency in the North East, and could also deal a heavy blow on the ground enemy probably at a low flying aircraft.
The ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” is a lightly armored Soviet self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG). Nigeria began receiving the equipment by 1993-early 2007 with over 350 (three hundred and fifty) with the Nigeria army and currently in service.
The ZSU-23-4 can detect aircraft up to 20 km (12 mi) away. It has excellent target tracking capability and is relatively hard to detect by the enemy. However, the radar picks up many false returns (ground clutter) under 60 m (200 ft) of altitude. The radar antenna is mounted on collapsible supports in the top rear of the turret.
THE SWING FIRE ANTI-TANK MISSLE:
The Swing fire wire-guided anti-tank missile developed in the 1960s and produced from 1966 until 1993 was delivered to the Nigeria army in the late 80’s as part of the Shehu Shagari Arms supply program. The Swing fire anti-tank missile can go as long as 150-4000 meters and has a war head of 7kg HEAT.
The Swing fire missle can be launch shoulder mounted or on the FV 101 Scorpion light tank.
The Nigerian Army Stral Man-Pad is a shoulder-fired, low-altitude surface-to-air missile system (MANPADS) with a high explosive warhead and passive infrared homing guidance. Nigeria army has over 200 in stock and more to come in the near future. with a firing range of over 4,200m and a 1.15 kg directed-energy blast fragmentation warhead. This is on par with the Swing fire in terms of blast.