President Muhammadu Buhari went to Kaduna state on Thursday, February 15, to commission an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) built by the Nigerian Air Force.
The Tsaigumi UAV is the first indigenous operational Remotely Piloted Aircraft designed and produced by personnel of the Nigerian Air Force.
NAIJ.com gathered that it will be deployed for military operations in the northeast after the induction ceremony.
Read below seven important things the president said at the induction.
1. The significance of this accomplishment as a milestone of national technological development cannot be over-estimated. In this regard, I must commend the efforts of the current leadership of the Nigerian Air Force, notably the Chief of Air Staff who is performing his assignments wonderfully well
2. The world is witnessing an ever increasing surge in the employment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in military operations.
3. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle can loiter and maintain an ‘‘unblinking stare’’ over a chosen area for hours. Thanks to the ability to ‘‘watch and wait’’, its operator, often miles away, can provide a continuous stream of vital information on enemy activities and if the platform is weaponised, it patiently chooses the best moment to engage.
4. Government remains determined, despite numerous challenges to bring about the much-needed CHANGE that will lift our beloved nation to its rightful place as a major economic and political force on the world stage.
5. Part of our drive to achieve this goal is to enable enterprise and the improvement of the quality of life through massive improvement of national infrastructure.
6. The role of the military as an enabler of national development cannot be overemphasized, as efforts would be futile if national security is not first guaranteed.
7. Let me once more commend the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies, for their tireless efforts towards defeating Boko Haram and all other threats to our nation’s security, thus ensuring that the government can proceed with its developmental activity without hindrance.
Recall that Nigeria launched its first home made drone years ago under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
NAIJ.com reported that the country’s first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle, GULMA, was designed and constructed by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
At the same time, despite some rumours that the UAV cannot fly and it is a fraud, the NAF uploaded a video displaying GULMA’s capabilities.
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