13/10/2020

Additional Chinese UAVs being acquired for the Nigerian Air Force

Additional UAVs being acquired for the Nigerian Air Force – link

Source: Defence Web

Article Headlines
  • The Nigerian Air Force has ordered eight unmanned aerial vehicles from China, with training of 70 personnel ready to begin
  • This is according to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who on 8 October revealed that eight ‘unmanned combat aerial vehicles’ would soon arrive in Nigeria
  • “About 70 personnel, who are to operate and maintain the UCAVs, had already been nominated for training in China. He further disclosed that some of the UCAVs would be deployed in Katsina and Gusau, while others would be deployed to Gombe, at the newly established 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group (203 CRG) Gombe,” the Nigerian Air Force said
  • The Nigerian Air Force is known to operate several CH-3A unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
  • The CH-3A has been deployed in the North East of Nigeria, where the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole used it against Boko Haram terrorists – Nigerian CH-3s have been armed with surface-to-air missiles (the CH-3 can be fitted with FT-5 guided bombs or AR-1 missiles)
Overview & Comments
  • Nigeria is also set to receive Textron’s Aerosonde Mk 4.7. See “Nigeria, Uganda to receive Aerosonde UAVs” 
  • 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 Aeronautics’ Aerostar which is reportedly inactive in the country
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