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Newly inducted UAV ‘ll be used for land, sea intelligence surveillance – NAF

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force has explained that its newly inducted indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle christened “Tsaigumi” will be used for land and sea intelligence surveillance operations.

The Air Force said the operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, could also be used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol,and pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties.

The service, in a statement by its spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, also said the aerial vehicle could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast.

“Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone, “the statement added.

Recall that the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on 15 February 2018, inducted the first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, nicknamed, Tsaigumi.

The full statement read:” The Tsaigumi UAV, which was produced by NAF Aerospace Engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal, would be used for Intelligence Surveillance and Recognisance (ISR) operations in land and sea domains.

“It could also be used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. In addition, it could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast.

“Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

“The UAV, which is capable of day and night operations, has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and a mission radius of 100km.

” It has a maximum take-off weight of 95kg and its payload is an electro-optic/infra-red camera system. “


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