Proforce, NASENI enters R&D partnership

Nigeria’s top defence solutions provider, Proforce Intelligence Systems Limited, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

The partnership will mark the start of a mutually beneficial relationship in the field of science and technological advancement, the company said.

Speaking at the Technology Orientation Centre, NASENI, Idu Industrial Layout Abuja, Managing Director of Proforce Intelligence Systems Limited, Engr. Ade Ogundeyin said, “Proforce is a company that was born out of the challenges in Nigeria. Nigeria has what it takes to be a great nation but our problem is that we are not harnessing our own resources.”

Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, noted that Proforce has made NASENI proud with the development of military equipment particularly the Armoured Personnel Carriers. His organization will not reinvent the wheel but partner with Proforce for the benefit of the country.

The GMD was confident that this MOU will turn things around in the country since both organizations are resilient and resourceful. He noted that “the giants in NASENI and Proforce will emerge from today.”

Proforce had earlier entered into strategic connection with several organizations such as the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Ukraine’s PJSC Autokraz on joint vehicle production, and technical partnership with Turkish Atensci on ammunition production.

The agreement with Autokraz will see the manufacture of both military and civilian grade heavy-duty off-road trucks under the brand name KRAZ-PROFORCE, and Ukrainian military technology would be transferred to Nigeria.

In September last year, Proforce Defence announced that the Nigerian Army through its investment arm, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee NAWLG, acquired a 15% shareholding of Proforce Limited.

In that direction, the Nigerian Army and Nigeria’s Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) signed an agreement in July last year to develop composite armor for military vehicles.

More recently, Proforce showcased its defence portfolio at the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2021), which will took place from 29 November to 2 December 2021, at Egypt International Exhibition Center.

Proforce just recently unveiled its all-new PF Viper 4×4 tactical armoured vehicle for small combat team.

Proforce Defence has supplied several types of its combat-proven Ara-series mine resistance and ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP) to Nigeria and Chad.

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