12.5.2020

Nigeria, Uganda to receive Aerosonde UAVs

Nigeria, Uganda to receive Aerosonde UAVs – link
Source: Defence Web

Article Headlines

  • Nigeria and Uganda will be receiving Aerosonde Mk 4.7 UAVs from the United States after contracts were placed with Textron Systems
  • The US Department of Defence (DoD) on 8 May announced that AAI Corporation (Textron Systems) had been awarded a $25 610 000 firm-fixed-price contract for three Aerosonde Mk 4.7 systems, spares, logistics and training for Nigeria. “Work will be performed in Nigeria, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2021,” the DoD said
  • Also, on 8 May, Textron was awarded a $20 780 000 firm-fixed-price contract for two Aerosonde Mk 4.7 systems, spares and training for Uganda. The estimated completion date of the project is 30 September 2022
  • “Fiscal 2020 peacekeeping operations and overseas contingency operation funds in the amount of $20 780 000 were obligated at the time of the award,” the Department of Defense said

Overview & Comments

  • The Nigerian Air Force is developing its own intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance UAV, the Tsaigumi, which was unveiled in February 2018
  • Other systems operated by Nigeria include China’s CH-3 UAS and Aeronautics’ Aerostar which is reportedly inactive in the country
  • Military wise, Uganda currently operates mini systems such AeroVironment’s RQ-11 and Aeronautics’ Orbiter 2
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