11/11/2020

Nigeria Receives Four Chinese Wing Loong II UAVs

Nigeria Receives Four Chinese Wing Loong II Attack Drones – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines
  • Nigeria is believed to have received four Chinese-made Wing Loong II attack drones out of an order of eight
  • On November 5, 2020, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Chief, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had said that as part of efforts to boost air operations against armed banditry in the Northwest of the country, the NAF is set to deploy 4 Unmanned combat Aerial Vehicles as well as construct a runway and ancillary facilities for the UCAVs in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital
  • He revealed that 2 UAVs were to be deployed at the newly established 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group in Gombe and the 2 others at the Air Task Force, Operation LAFIYA DOLE Headquarters in Maiduguri
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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