The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) has unveiled a new indigenous tactical Mine Resistance and Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Named Ezugwu MRAP in honour of Major General Victor Ezugwu for his stellar combat performance against insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast region.
DICON which was established by an Act of Parliament in 1964, is tasked with the responsibility to produce weapons and other equipment for the country’s Armed Forces and reduce reliance on reluctant foreign suppliers.
However, Nigeria has began gaining grounds in weapons development. For instance, Maj Gen VO Ezugwu through the Military Skills and Acquisition Training Programme package in consultation and guidance of the Mechanical Engineering Department ABU Zaria and National Automative Council Abuja also designed and built the TYB ROVER, a light infantry patrol vehicle.