TERRORISM: AIR FORCE TO KIT UAV’s WITH WEAPON SYSTEMS.

 TERRORISM: AIR FORCE TO KIT UAV’s WITH WEAPON SYSTEMS.

 

As the Military pushes into the Sambisa Forest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists’, the Nigerian Air Force said on Tuesday that it has intensified efforts to get its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fitted with missile guided weapon systems for combat roles.

The Chief of Army Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with the management of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

According to Abubakar, the Air Force will be leveraging on an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NASRDA to fasts track collaborative measures to improve the air force rocketry and missile propulsion systems.

Abubakar noted that Research and Development (R & D) is the corner stone for the advancement of organizations and nations into super powers pointing out that, advancement in military technology has monumental influence in the battle field in which the air force plays a significant role.

He canvassed for initiatives that will improve the ability of air force helicopters and UAVs to target and deliver missiles and rockets from a very long range.

Answering questions from reporters, the Director of Engineering and Space Systems in NASRDA, Dr. Femi Agboola said the agency has the capacity to improve the missile propulsion needs of the Air force.  

“NASRDA has the capability to deliver on what the Chief has requested; the Chief has studied us for some time like he said since 2013, he has a feeling of our capability” he said.

He added: “The Chief talked about armaments, he talked about rockets and about missile programs; we have a rocket that goes beyond the level that he has requested, he said about 5 kilometers, we have already gone beyond that”.

Agboola noted further, “we are already working on how to guide it, not just point and shoot straight line, but to be able to make sure it goes intelligently to another location and that is what we are being asked to do and we are already working on that.”

 

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