By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA – Air Force Training Institute, AFIT, Kaduna, has converted some decommissioned Nigeria Air Force Beetle aircrafts into Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and is ready to graduate a total of 451 students, mostly Engineers, Commandant, AFIT.
This was made known on Monday by Air Commodore Musibau Adekunle Soladoye during a press conference ahead of AFIT’s July 29th Convocation ceremony, Soladoye said, that AFIT has made remarkable achievements in its research and development efforts’.
He said: “Several projects are either completed in our research and development or are in the conclusive states in the Institute. We are currently involved in the modification and conversion of some decommissioned Nigeria Air Force Air Beetle into Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” he said.
According to him, the seats of the aircrafts and sundry parts have been removed, including the instruments in the decommissioned small planes.
He said that while the aircraft was originally designed to fly a maximum distance of 1,200 nautical miles with fuel capacity that last 5 hours, the drone made out of them would fly 2,500 nautical miles and 8 hours non-stop.
According to him, the drones would be of immense use in aerial surveillance, reconnaissance missions, disaster monitoring, pipeline monitoring and would in the future, be deployed for weather forecast.