Nigerian Army showcases innovations at Science, Technology EXPO

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday showcased its innovations in defence equipment at the ongoing Science and Technology EXPO 2020.

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The expo is being organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the expo with the theme “Enhancing the growth of Diversified Economy through Science and Technology”, is aimed at highlighting the role of innovation in economic diversification.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, led other senior army officers to visit the various stands where military wares were on display on Wednesday in Abuja.

Buratai was conducted round to inspect some of the indigenous fighting equipment manufactured by Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in collaboration with Command Engineering Depot (CED) in Kaduna.

Some of the locally made Combat and Support equipment displayed by the army include military kits, EZUGWU Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) amoured vehicles and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

The SPVs come in multiple configurations with specific built to meet client’s need and mission purpose.

Other equipment on display were fabricated Mobil Drilling Machine, Infantry Patrol Vehicle normally used for quick personnel insertion patrol and Special Forces related operations, among others.

Other exhibition stands inspected by Buratai include the Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited (NAFRA), which showcased mobile bakery, fish feed, Bio Tea and Cassava flour, among others.

The COAS also visited the Nigerian Army Schools of Medical Sciences (NASMS), where Surgical/Orthopaedic processing, fabrication of Dental appliances, brewery and food Industries, including POP ceiling products were unveiled.

He also inspected the Nigerian Army Systems Development Centre where the COAS was shown some other products including Under Vehicle Inspection Robot, Under Vehicle Inspection System, Mobile Combat Surveillance with Ballistic Helmet and Fuelless Power Generator.

Buratai also visited some stands meant for the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force, including other government agencies and private sectors where very strategic equipments were introduced.

The expo, which started on Monday, is expected to end on Friday.

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