Chief Of Defence Staff Nigeria Commissions PF Viper Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles produced by Proforce at the Chief of Army Staff Annual (COAS) Conference in Abuja on 6th December 2021. The PF Viper appears to be a smaller version of the now combat-proven ARA (Thunder) mine-resistance and ambush-protected vehicle, successfully exported to Nigeria and Chad. The ARA or THUNDER is a 17ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle designed to provide ultimate protection for high degree threats. The PF Viper MRAP can be deployed for various tactical missions in support of the military, counter-terrorism, and police duties.
The PF Viper tactical mobility vehicle will be powered by a 6.7L V8 330hp diesel engine capable of delivering 3,300 RPM at a speed of 120 kilometers. For troops protection, the PF Viper offers a 360-degree stanag 4569 Level I ballistic and blast protection. The vehicle can carry nine passengers, including a driver and a commander. The crew compartment is protected with up to CEN Level BR6 to BR7 armor. Proforce will fit the new PF Viper with a 6-speed automatic transmission, four-well drive, 7,000 kg curb weight, and a 1500 kilogram of payload. It is 6479 mm in length, 2450 mm in width, and 300 mm in ground clearance.
Proforce was incorporated in 2008 as a total defence solution provider specialized in armoured vehicles and personal protection. The company’s focus is on the delivery of confidence in protective mobility. The company have developed a vibrant market for security and mobile protective products within Nigeria and Africa. Proforce has Utilized Its superior craftsmanship to producing outstanding products using only Internationally Certified Ballistic Standard Materials (CEN Level B7/NIJ IV, CEN B6/NIJ III) and Military Standards STANAG 4569 Level 2/2A/2B.
Proforce has exploited its deep technical know-how to produce outstanding armored products for Government Agencies, Corporate Bodies, Diplomatic Communities and the Private Sector within Nigeria and Africa. 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. Proforce however refrained from providing more details regarding the agreement. However, Proforce noted that the Nigerian Government is also promoting the acquisition of local equipment and Proforce is helping support the Nigerian Army’s desire to be self-sufficient.