- Nigeria has procured more sophisticated vehicles to fight terrorism
- NAF got two Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV), its spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, said
- Daramola added that Nigeria, China and the UAE are the only nations that have the UCAV
Nigeria is now among the very few nations of the world that uses WingLoong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) in the fight against terrorism.
The UCAV, according to the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, can remain airborne for about 31 hours in internal security reconnaissance (ISR) mode and 26 hours in an offensive role, The Guardian reports.
Daramola, speaking on the arrival of the vehicles on Tuesday, November 10, noted that they will give an edge to the federal government in the anti-terrorism battles. The NAF mouthpiece added that six more UCAV are expected in the country by 2021.
Nations that have the UCAV now are Nigeria, China and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“These additional new air assets and skills acquired by personnel will greatly enhance Nigerian Air Force’s operational effectiveness which will translate into security for Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“The drive to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of airpower in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army (NA) on Monday, November 9, recorded massive success against banditry in major parts of Sokoto and Zamfara states.
According to the coordinator of media operations of Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, troops of Operation Accord recovered a lot of arms and ammunition from gun runners in the states.
Enenche said this is part of the NA's efforts to completely clean up banditry and all forms of violent crimes not only in the northern region, but throughout the country.
The media boss of the DHQ noted that the soldiers acted on credible intelligence to arrest at least two of the bandits: Abubakar Mohammed and Ansi Usman Janare.
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