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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Lun 22 Jan 2018 - 18:34

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Nigerian Air Force commissions second Bell 412 into service


Written by defenceWeb, Monday, 22 January 2018




A Nigerian Air Force Bell 412.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned into service the second and final Bell 412 helicopter previously impounded by customs, and reactivated a machine tools workshop.

The helicopter was commissioned in a ceremony on 19 January, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said in a statement.

As with the first helicopter, which was inducted into service on 1 November 2017, the aircraft’s major systems and its surveillance cameras had to be sent to the United States and Canada for overhaul and repair to be restored to airworthiness, having been in containers for about two years as at the time of the handover. The helicopter’s major systems were later reassembled at the NAF’s 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD) Ikeja by a combined team of foreign experts as well as NAF engineers and technicians.

The two helicopters were handed over to the NAF on 27 January 2017 after they were seized on 7 November 2016 when the importer could not produce end user certificates. They were originally destined for Rivers State to protect oil and gas facilities and were equipped with night vision equipment, armour plating and cameras. They were supposed to bypass import duties. The new helicopter will be deployed to the Northeast as part of the efforts to strengthen the counterterrorism campaign against Boko Haram.

Also on 19 January the NAF commissioned the newly reactivated Machine Tools Workshop at 631 ACMD. According to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the reactivation of the workshop, which was effectively operated last in the early 1980s, is in line with his vision of building the required capacity in the NAF. According to him, that is why the NAF had reactivated a similar workshop at 131 Engineering Group in Makurdi while another at 431 Engineering Group in Kaduna was being reactivated. H

The workshop was reactivated by NAF personnel in partnership with experts from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). Abubakar added that the reactivation was accomplished at a minimal cost compared with millions of dollars being quoted by foreign vendors.

20 NAF personnel have been nominated for the Intermediate Machine Tools Course to operate and maintain the equipment in the workshop. Abubakar said the reactivated machines could be used for structural repairs on the C-130 and the fabrication of some tools required for the day-to-day maintenance of the C-130.

Abubakar and General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), alongside other dignitaries, later inspected the ongoing Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of a C-130H at 631 ACMD Ikeja. The PDM is being facilitated by experts from Sabena Technics of France who are working with NAF engineers and technicians, as part of efforts at technical capacity building in the NAF.

“It is noteworthy that the decision to conduct the PDM locally has resulted in huge cost saving for the NAF. This is because freight costs, payment of estacode allowance, exorbitant overseas labour costs and other costs associated with ferrying the aircraft for PDM overseas, have been eliminated,” the NAF said.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 26 Jan 2018 - 17:22

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50490:nigeria-to-protest-us-conditions-on-494-million-purchase-of-super-tucanos&catid=35:Aerospace&Itemid=107




“Nigeria to protest US conditions on $494 million purchase of Super Tucanos
Written by Reuters, Friday, 26 January 2018
Nigeria will protest to the United States over conditions imposed on its planned $494 million (£345.6 million) purchase of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali said on Thursday.

Those conditions include the 2020 transfer date for the aircraft and that Nigerian technicians will not be trained by U.S. staff, be part of maintenance crews, nor can they study the production of the planes, he told reporters at a briefing in Abuja.

The sale of the planes has been dogged by controversy. Under Barack Obama, the former U.S. president, the aircraft deal had been held off due to concerns about the Nigerian military’s human rights abuses. In one instance, up to 170 people died last January after the air force bombed a refugee camp in the northeastern town of Rann.

But President Donald Trump’s administration approved the sale to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight Boko Haram militants and to boost U.S. defence jobs, sources told Reuters last April. In December, Nigeria’s air force said the deal had been formally agreed.

Dan Ali did not say whether the disagreement over the conditions would affect the air force’s Feb. 20 target for the final agreements to be signed and initial payments made.


“These conditions we will not accept,” he said.

“(Nigeria‘s) security council has approved the purchase of the aircrafts but some of the conditions America gave us are stringent. We will discuss reducing the conditions with the American ambassador, (and) payments will be made when the conditions are reduced.”

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Abuja did not immediately respond to phone calls or an email seeking comment.

The sale of the 12 aircraft, with weapons and service, includes thousands of bombs and rockets.

The propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance, surveillance and attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.

The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.”
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 16 Fév 2018 - 14:05

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Nigerian Air Force unveils new indigenous UAV

Written by Guy Martin, Friday, 16 February 2018




The Tsaigumi UAV.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has unveiled a new indigenously produced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Tsaigumi, which will be used to enhance the NAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony on 15 February attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who said “this outstanding accomplishment holds promise of both military and economic benefits to the nation. From the military perspective, the added capacity for ISR provided by Tsaigumi UAV would undoubtedly boost ongoing and future security operations”. He said series production would create employment and generate export revenue.

The Tsaigumi UAV was produced by NAF aerospace engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal. Capable of day and night operations, it has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15 000 feet and a mission radius of 100 km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 95 kg and its payload is an electro-optic/infra-red camera system.

The Nigerian Air Force on 4 October 2016 signed a memorandum of understanding with UAVision regarding the production of UAVs in Nigeria. At the time the NAF said the collaboration would lead to the production of four UAV prototypes with two each produced in Nigeria and Portugal.

Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, said on Thursday the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for many tasks, such as ISR, policing, 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.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, said his state was willing and ready to procure the Tsaigumi from the NAF, once available.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the NAF would develop another UAV, called Ichoku, which would be Nigeria’s first indigenous unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

The NAF said the Tsaigumi UAV is a much more advanced and operationally ready version of the earlier Amebo and Gulma prototype UAVs. The indigenously produced Gulma was unveiled in December 2013 and was produced by the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) with the help of aerospace engineers from Cranfield University in Britain. Since 2007, the British institution partnered the AFTI as part of the Nigerian government's bid to develop an in-house capacity for advanced aviation design, research and development.

Nigeria has previously relied on foreign UAVs, and acquired nine Aerostars from Israel’s Aeronautics Defence Systems (ADS) between 2006 and 2007 and several armed CH-3 UAVs from China, which have been used against Boko Haram militants.

After Buhari unveiled the Tsaigumi he also examined other NAF research and development projects, including a Hind helicopter hydraulic accumulator diaphragm, aviation power pack, unmanned ground vehicle and F4 rocket launcher heat shield cone.

Also on display was a mockup/fuselage component of the NAFSA Eagle eight passenger multirole aircraft. The NAF said it was locally designed and is being manufactured at the Air Force Research and Development Centre to fulfil a variety of roles in the NAF.

It is being developed in partnership with US manufacturer Comp Air Aviation after an agreement was signed in January 2017 with the NAF. Comp Air Aviation (formerly Aerocomp) is based in Florida and specialises in the production of a family of composite kit-built aircraft ranging in size from four to ten seats and powered by engines from 180 to 1 880 hp.

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