- President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Kaduna state on Thursday, February 15, to commission an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) built by the Nigerian Air Force
- President Buhari declared that the newly inducted fighter drone will boost security operations in the country
- The president said his government remains determined, despite numerous challenges to bring about the much-needed change that will lift nation to its rightful place
President Muhammadu Buhari at the induction ceremony of the first indigenous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Tsaigumi, held at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, in Kaduna, on Thursday, February 15, said his administration to bring about the desired change in Nigeria.
President Buhari said the successful launch of the UAV is proof that his administration is interested in development of local contents, not only in the military, but across other sectors of the economy.
The president spoke extensively on the UAV and expressed satisfaction with efforts of the current NAF leadership.
According to him, ''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.
''Thus, the employment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capabilities for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and where possible, strike operations significantly increases the chances of success while minimising unwanted collateral damage.
“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.
''As I outlined in my New Year Day broadcast to the nation, this administration has designed series of key projects to dramatically overhaul national infrastructure and overcome the deficit in that vital area.
''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.
''From the military perspective, the added capacity for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance provided by the Tsaigum will boost ongoing and future security operations.
''As this project moves into the next stage, which is mass production, it would create employment and possibly generate revenue as Nigeria’s first military export product.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari arrived Kaduna state on Thursday, February 15, to commission an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 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.
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