Sunday, May 26, 2013




1970 Nigerian Civil War

Nigerian Air Force (NAF)
Approximately 10,000 personnel

JF-17 fighter aircraft (3)
F-7 fighter aircraft (9)

Alpha Jet trainer/light attack aircraft (12)

Aermacchi MB-339 trainer/light attack aircraft (9)
L-39 Albatros trainer aircraft (17)

Van's Aircraft RV-6 trainer aircraft (60)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 trainer aircraft (37)
Boeing 737 transport aircraft
C-130 transport aircraft (6)

Alenia G.222 transport aircraft (5)

BAe 125 transport aircraft (1)
Dornier Do 27 transport aircraft (20)
Dornier Do 28 transport aircraft (36)
Dassault Falcon 900 light transport aircraft (2)
Dornier Do 228 light transport aircraft (6)

ATR 42MP transport aircraft used for maritime patrol (2)
Gulfstream II aircraft used for light transport (1)
Gulfstream IV aircraft used for light transport (1)
Agusta A109 helicopters used by Navy (7)
Mi-35 Hind attack helicopters (8)

MBB Bo 105 helicopters used for light attack and training (24)
SA.330 Puma transport helicopters (11)
AS.332 Super Puma transport helicopters (12)

Mi-8 Hip transport helicopters (4)
Hughes 300 helicopters (14)

Mi-34 Hermit helicopters (9)
Agusta Westland AW-139 helicopter used for VIP transport (1)

Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles

CH-3 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (2)

GULMA unmanned aerial vehicles. Made in Nigeria. (5)

Nigerian Navy
Approximately 15,000 personnel

Frigates (2)

Corvettes (4)
Fast Attack Craft (8)

Patrol Cutters (4)
Mine Warfare vessels (2)
Landing Ship, Tank (2)
Inshore Patrol Craft
Survey Vessel, Bulldog Class (1)
Floating outpost on Niger Delta


Otomat anti-ship missiles?
Harpoon anti-ship missiles?

Naval Aviation
Agusta A109 helicopters (4)

Aeronautics Aerostar unmanned aerial vehicle used for reconnaissance. israeli made.

Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)

Special Boat Service
Modeled after the British Special Boat Service

Navy Intelligence

Nigerian Naval Dockyard

Nigerian Army (NA)
Approximately 100,000 personnel

Nigerian Army Divisions
1st Division
2nd Division
3rd Division
7th Division
81st Division (Amphibious)
82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious?)

T-72 tanks with 125mm guns (77)

AMX-30 tanks with 105mm guns (16)
Vickers Mk III tanks with 105mm guns (170)

T-55 tanks (100)
FV101 Scorpion light tanks (157)

FV107 Scimitar (5)

VBL (72)
Otokar Cobra armored vehicles. Turkish made. (193)

FV-601 Saladin armored reconnaissance vehicles (16)
ERC-90 armored reconnaissance vehicles (46)
AML-90 armored reconnaissance vehicles (120)
AML-60 armored reconnaissance vehicles (60)
EE-9 Cascavel armored reconnaissance vehicles (55)
EE-11 Urutu armored personnel carriers
FV 603 Saracen armored personnel carriers (10)
Steyr 4K7FA G 127 tracked armored personnel carriers (250)
MT-LB armored personnel carriers (67)
Mowag Piranha 6x6 wheeled armored personnel carriers (70)
BTR-80UM armored personnel carriers (47)
BTR-60 armored personnel carrier (6)
Gila 4x4 wheeled South African made armored personnel carriers (12)
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Donated by the US in 2016. (24)

Chinese made CS/VP3 "Big Foot" armored personnel carriers (5)

Panhard M-3 armored personnel carriers (18)
Saxon armored personnel carriers (75)
Ara Mk 2 MRAP vehicles made by Proforce of Nigeria
Ara ("Thunder") MRAP vehicles made by Proforce of Nigeria
 Buffalo Improvised Armored Combat Vehicles
made by Proforce of Nigeria

Land Rovers
Pinzgauer 4x4
Steyr M-14 4x4

APR-40 multiple rocket launchers

BM-21 multiple rocket launchers (21)
Palmaria 155mm self propelled howitzers (27)

Bofors FH-77 155mm towed howitzers (73)
D-30 122mm towed howitzers (200)
Oto Melara Mod 56 105mm guns (200)
M-56 105mm towed howitzers (200)
M-46 guns (7)

Brandt 120mm mortars
M-43 82mm mortars
L16 81mm mortars

Swingfire anti-tank guided missile systems
Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers
M40 106mm recoilless guns

M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns
FN MAG machine guns

AK-47 assault rifles
FN FAL assault rifles
NR1 assault rifles (Nigerian made copy of the FAL)
OBJ 006 (Nigerian made copy of the AK-47)
G3 assault rifles
SIG SG 540 assault rifles
Daewoo K2 assault rifles
M16 assault rifles
Browning Hi Power pistols
Walther P5 pistols
Beretta M 1951 pistols

Body armor produced by DICON

Air Defense
Roland surface-to-air missiles (16)
SA-7 shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (100)
Blowpipe shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (48)
Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns
ZSU-23-4 self propelled anti-aircraft guns (30)
ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns (20)

Army Amphibious forces
Otter Landing Craft Utility (LCU)

Armored patrol boats by Proforce used along Niger River and Niger Delta?

Coast Guard


Department of State Service (DSS) 
Also known as the State Security Service


Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON)-Manufactures small arms and ammunition
Nigerian Naval Dockyard

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