The Nigerian military has received the first 25 of 177 Streit armoured vehicles, which include Typhoon and Spartan armoured personnel carriers.
The Nigerian Ports Authority on 2 June announced the arrival of the first batch of vehicles, and released photos showing Typhoons and Spartans at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos.
According to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the vehicles were received by Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali. They were manufactured in 2016 by Streit at its facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Nigeria received 10 Spartan Mk 3 armoured vehicles from Canada in 2014 – the type was first seen in Nigerian Army service in mid-2014. The Nigerian police use the Spartan Mk II and Cougar Mk II.
Streit has partnered with the Nigerian Armed Forces to develop the Igirigi, which is based on the Spartan platform.
The 4×4 Typhoon can transport up to ten passengers and can be configured for a wide range of roles including command and control, explosive ordnance disposal, patrol, convoy support, forward observation and medical evacuation. The V-hulled vehicle is powered by a Cummins six cylinder turbodiesel developing 400 hp. Range is around 1 000 km. Armour protection is up to STANAG 4569 Level 3.
The Spartan 4×4 light armoured vehicle is based on the Ford F550 with protection against small arms fire, grenades and shell splinters. The Spartan can be configured with a range of weapons platform options – including a manual or electric rotating turret with machineguns or a 40 mm grenade launcher. A Ford V8 turbodiesel engine gives a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. Payload is 1 100 kg.