The Nigerian Air Force remains one of the bosses in terms of manufacturing military drones on the continent. The great coronation was the inauguration in mid-February of his second drone, built locally at the Institute of Technology of NAF (the Nigerian Air Force) in Kaduna.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance and reconnaissance vehicle known as “Tsaigumi”. A second drone manufactured in Nigeria while the first remains operational.
This is the result of the hard work of the engineers of the Institute of Technology of the Nigerian Army who developed this drone. The tool is designed to conduct military land and sea search and rescue, police and wildlife protection missions. It will also be used when needed in disaster management, power line monitoring, mapping, and border patrol.
According to its designers, this aircraft is capable of day and night operations. With a range of more than 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and a mission radius of 100 km, Tsaigumi also carries an infrared electro-optical camera payload.
Nigerian head of state Muhammadu Buhari welcomed the initiative a few days ago and said it would be one of the solutions to unemployment. “As this project moves to the next stage, which is mass production, it will create jobs and probably generate revenue as Nigeria’s top military export product, ” he said.
The arrival of the drone also comes as Nigeria faces the resurgence of a number of security challenges, including an Islamist insurgency in the north, militancy in the oil-rich south, and clashes between herders and farmers. in the central region. Soon, Tsaigumi remains one of the solutions to support the efforts already made in the field.