BOTH NIGERIAN AIR FORCE ALENIA ATR 42-500 MPA SURVEYOR PLANES NOW ELINT-COMPLIANT

NAF 930

NAF 931

PHOTO CREDIT: GERRY RUDMAN

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Photographs show NAF 930 and NAF 931 (ATR 42-500MPA Surveyor planes) which have become even more advanced Special Mission Aircraft as
can be gleaned from the photographs after they underwent ELINT upgrades.Note the domes on the fuselage just
behind the wings.

The now ELINT-compliant Surveyor planes can thus undertake the gathering of military or other intelligence through the monitoring of electronic signals such as satellite transmissions, rocket telemetry and radar emissions while themselves being difficult to detect.

With those upgrades completed during Q4 2013, the Nigerian Air Force now possess the most advanced aerial surveillance platforms in sub-Saharan Africa.

At this time, only Nigeria, South Africa and Angola possess any ELINT capabilities across the said region .

BACKGROUNDER

http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/nigerian-air-force-alenia-atr-42-500-mpa-surveyor-naf-931-now-a-more-advanced-special-mission-aircraft-undergoes-elint-upgrade-world-exclusive-photo/

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG – say what we mean, mean what we say.

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FG OKAY ACQUISITION OF NEW FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS FOR THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE, UPGRADES OF IN-SERVICE AIRFRAMES ; NEW AIRCRAFT TO BE SHOWCASED SOON

A NAF Alpha Jet prepares for AFISMA air recce/border patrol in Niamey, Niger

A NAF Alpha Jet pilot prepares for an air recce/border patrol sortie

NIGERIAN EYE
8 April, 2014

The Federal Government has granted
approval to the Nigerian Air Force to
acquire more fighter jets and helicopters in the ongoing campaign against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal
Adesola Amosu, disclosed this during a press briefing on the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Nigerian Air Force in Abuja on Tuesday.

Amosu said the Federal Government had also made provision to the authorities of the Air Force to upgrade existing platforms in order to put the service in a better position to carry out its statutory security responsibilities.

He said a major challenge of the Nigerian Air Force was obsolete equipment some of which, according to him, were acquired at inception. He said the leadership of the Air Force
had adopted innovative approach to
ensure effective upgrade of the old
equipment as Nigeria was not the only country whose Air force had to contend with the problem of aging equipment.

He said the Air Force under his
leadership would soon showcase the
new aircraft being acquired for the
service by the Federal Government.

He said, “Over the years, the Nigerian Air Force has grown from a small service with few platforms to one with over seventeen aircraft types and still growing. “Indeed, recently, the Federal Government approved the acquisition of new fighter aircraft and helicopters for the Nigerian Air Force as well as the upgrade of some of our existing platforms to enable the service perform its role…

“The challenge the Nigerian Air Force is facing today as we clock 50 today is
obvious. We have been on for 50 years; some of the platforms that we have are as old as the Nigerian Air Force. “That is why we decided to, kind of say;‘let us introduce innovative approaches to fixing these old platforms.’ We are achieving a lot.

“We are not the only nation that is
saddled with old platforms. What you do is you upgrade regularly, upgrade the system, we are already doing a lot in that regard. “The Machines, the Federal Government is giving us what is required to get them going. But again, we need to thank the Federal Government.

“Arrangement is in place to raise for us new platforms. Very soon we will be showcasing the new platforms that have been acquired for us.”

Major dailies had earlier reported that the ongoing campaign against
insurgency was being hampered by
obsolete military hardware in use. It was reported that the Armoured
Personnel Carriers, the Alpha Fighter
Jets, the MIG Fighter Jets and the
helicopter gunships that were being
used in the ongoing fight against the
insurgents were acquired between 1979 and 1982 by the Alhaji Shehu Shagari regime.

Amosu who also spoke on the challenges facing the Air Force in the ongoing campaign against the insurgency in the North East identified the unwillingness of the citizenry of the affected areas to
volunteer necessary information on the activities of the insurgents. He said if adequate information was
made available to security operatives,
the task of stabilising the North East
would have been concluded.

However, he said the citizens had
started showing some concern with
some changes taking place which were indicative of the restoration of the confidence of the people.

Speaking also on the call by some
northern leaders against the extension of the Emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, which is expected to expire by April 19, 2014, the CAS said there were variables that could prevent the security forces from achieving their
targets in the fight against terrorism.

He said the security agencies were
putting in their best and would require the cooperation of the citizenry to ensure speedy conclusion of the campaign against the insurgents.

“The main challenge is that of the
citizens not giving information, we need the cooperation of the citizens; this is a war that all Nigerians are encouraged to participate; we need information, with information, perhaps we would have concluded the whole activities of stabilizing the North East.

“But I believe that the citizens are
equally concerned, we are already
seeing some signs. Once we get those
information as we ought to have, you
will see the changes that would take
place. For now, I want to really thank Nigerians, we are really getting
information, the confidence is gradually coming back,” he said.

The CAS also said the Air Force had some hints before the attack of its base in Maiduguri and took steps to execute a defence plan for the formation, which prevented people from being killed. He said the Air Force couldn’t carry out air strikes because of the need to avoid killing the very people that they were deployed to protect in Maiduguri.

SEE ALSO

http://www.punchng.com/news/fg-okays-new-fighter-jets-for-air-force/

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HAVE THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE TAKEN DELIVERY OF NEW ALX SUPER TUCANO GROUND ATTACK AIRCRAFT FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS ??

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
31 March, 2014

Reliable reports reaching Beegeagle’s Blog indicate that the Nigerian Air Force may have received a major boost to its counterinsurgency operational capabilities with the delivery last week of an unknown number of the highly rated ALX Super Tucano ground attack aircraft.

At about 1100 hrs on Saturday 29 March, at least two units of the potent aircraft were spotted while circling to land at Makurdi in central Nigeria and they were reportedly painted in a grey colour scheme. The aircraft reportedly flew in from Abuja.

As of yesterday, feelers indicated that the ALX Super Tucano aircraft are sure to be unveiled at the biennial Nigerian Air Force AIR EXPO, the third edition of which takes place this year in which the NAF are marking the golden jubilee of their coming into being as the air warfare arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

It was further gathered that details on the induction such as the precise number acquired as well as static and aerial displays of the potent aircraft shall be made available at the event.

Beegeagle’s Bloggers say ‘kudos’ to the Federal Government for the seemingly renewed interest in boosting the combat power of the NAF. It would be recalled that the NAF in 2013-2014 are believed to have either placed orders for or taken delivery of a mix of nineteen transport/assault/attack helicopters including three Mi-35P attack helicopters, six advanced Mi-35M night attack helicopters, four Mi-17 transport helicopters and six Mi-171Sh Terminator assault helicopters.

Going back to 2010, the NAF have either commenced or completed construction work on new aircraft hangars at no less than seven airbases. Of the lot, only Ilorin is a new base, with the rest being decades old. This has led savvy watchers of the NAF to suggest an incoming cascade of airframes.

Indeed, a year ago while inspecting construction work at the Benin airbase, the incumbent Chief of Defence Staff (then Chief of the Air Staff) called for work to be expedited on the construction of the hangar in view of the imminent delivery of unspecified new aircraft.

SEE

http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/nigerian-air-force-chief-visits-81-air-maritime-group-in-benin-laments-slow-pace-of-work-on-hangar-intended-for-unspecified-aircraft-says-naf-poised-to-tackle-oil-bunkerers/

BACKGROUNDER

http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/tag/a29-super-tucano/

HANGARS GALORE!

http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/nigerian-air-force-chief-visits-203-medium-airlift-group-inspects-progress-of-work-on-new-aircraft-hangar-at-ilorin-slams-critics-of-the-extension-on-emergency-rule-in-the-northeast/

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/construction-site-of-a-new-multimillion-dollar-hangar-for-the-nigerian-air-force-somewhere-in-n-e-nigeria-feb-march-2014-props-dr-fola/

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/freshly-completed-hangar-at-the-benin-airbase-of-the-nigerian-air-forces-81-amg-world-exclusive-photo/

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EXERCISE OBANGAME 2014: “NIGERIAN NAVY SPECIAL FORCES WELL TRAINED, WELL EQUIPPED” – GERMAN NAVAL OFFICER ; SAYS POSSESS SKILLS SET UNAVAILABLE TO OTHER PARTICIPATING REGIONAL NAVIES

LAGOS, Nigeria (April 15, 2014) – U.S. and German service members discuss room-clearing tactics with Nigerian sailors (Special Boat Service commandos) during tactical moments drill at exercise Obangame Express 2014 (OE-14).

OE-14 is a Gulf of Guinea-based multinational maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, interdiction expertise and information sharing among West and
Central African maritime forces in order to increase maritime safety and security in the region.

(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Weston Jones/Released)

DEUTSCHE WELLE
Date 18.04.2014

Author Alexander Drechsel, Adrian Kriesch /jrb

Editor Sean Sinico

excerpts

A German officer whose name can’t be disclosed observes the scene. After 10 days of joint training, his initial doubts have largely disappeared.

Not only are the Nigerian boarding soldiers well trained, but Nigerian members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) are also well equipped. “Their boats, for instance, are powered by
250-PS motors,” he said. In these rubber dinghies, the SBS team members chase suspicious vessels in pursuit of oil thieves or pirates.

“This isn’t fun when it’s real,” one member of the SBS team said. The unit with about 200 soldiers is among the Nigerian (military)’s special forces.In the six years of its existence, the soldiers have boarded and
searched numerous boats.

Grateful for support

Other maritime units still lack this
experience, on the other hand, and are grateful for the practical support provided by German and the US teams. “Everything is fine; we came without anything but were equipped so that we can now search ships,” said one soldier from Ghana.

A colleague from Nigeria added: “We
have come together here to share
experiences – I really appreciate it.”

FURTHER READING

http://www.dw.de/germany-participates-in-west-african-naval-exercises/a-17577610

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U.S MARINES, SAILORS TO CONDUCT TRAINING IN NIGERIA

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS
16 April, 2014
By SP-MAGTF Africa 14
NAVAL AIR STATION
SIGONELLA, Italy

Approximately 20 Marines and sailors
from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 will travel in April to Nigeria to conduct a theater security cooperation mission designed to improve the military capacity of our African partners and better enable them to prevent conflict and increase regional security.

The American service members will train and advise the Nigerian Army in its upcoming mission. The training will consist of maritime security, small craft operations, combat lifesaving skills, patrolling techniques with boats and orders and mission planning.

Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 is a rotation of Marines and sailors deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to stage and prepare for theater security cooperation missions into various countries in Africa.

This iteration is manned by Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, permanently based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force(MAGTF) is the Marine Corps’ principle
organization for the conduct of all
missions across the range of military
operations. MAGTFs are balanced,
combined-arms forces with organic ground, aviation and sustainment
elements.

Special-purpose MAGTFs are organized, trained and equipped to
accomplish a specific mission for which one of the three standard MAGTF types would be inappropriate or too large to employ.

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MULTINATIONAL “EXERCISE OBANGAME 2014″ COMMENCES IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

FROM LEFT: Flag Officer Commanding,
Western Naval Command, Rear
Admiral Samuel Alade; U.S.
Ambassador to Nigeria, MR James
Entwistle and representative of the
Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ameen Ikioda at the opening ceremony of EXERCISE OBANGAME
EXPRESS 2014 in Lagos on Wednesday
(16/4/14)

PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA

UNITED STATES NAVY
(Press Release)
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd ClassJohn Herman, Obangame Express Public Affairs

LAGOS, Nigeria

Naval forces from the United States, Europe, South America and Africa commenced the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express, April 16.

Obangame Express, now in its fourth year,is designed to improve tactical expertise and cooperation among West and Central African nations in order to enhance those maritime forces’ collective ability to deter illicit activity and maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea.

The week-long exercise will take place in two areas near the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon. There will be an inport preparatory phase and then the 31 participating ships will go to sea to test maritime security skills.

“Every nation represented here today
plays a critical role in regional maritime security and we all know that no one nation alone can ensure safe maritime operations,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Nancy Lacore, Obangame Express exercise director. “It is through exercises such as Obangame that nations can work together to lay the foundation for the regional cooperation that will ensure the
safety and security of military,
commercial and civilian operations at sea.”

While the Nigerian Navy hosted the
opening ceremony and is providing the port facilities for a number of the
participating ships,senior leaders and
participants recognize this is truly an
international collaborative event, and that maritime security in the Gulf of
Guinea requires a collaborative effort.

“In light of recent challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, our collaboration between the countries of the Gulf and our international partners – U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Naval Forces Africa – has resulted in this event meant to develop individual capacities and to secure the maritime
area,” said Nigerian Navy Rear Adm. AOA Ikioda, chief of plans and policy for the Nigerian Navy.

Obangame Express aims to test a wide variety of skill sets such as visit, board,search and seizure, medical response,radio communication, and information sharing across regional maritime operations centers (MOCs).

Participants will execute tactics and techniques within scenarios that mirror real world counter-piracy and counter-illicit trafficking operations. “The United States remains absolutely
committed to collaborating with and
supporting Nigeria in its ongoing efforts to increase maritime safety and security in the region. We have a very strong and enduring relationship with the Nigerian Navy, and we deeply appreciate your lead role in bringing the many nations of the Gulf of Guinea together to work cooperatively,” said the Honorable James Entwistle, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

The exercise is one of four U.S. Naval
Forces Europe-Africa facilitated regional Express-series exercises under the international collaborative maritime capacity building program Africa Partnership Station (APS).These regional maritime exercises serve to test skills learned from previous APS training events and ongoing efforts to increase proficiencies in maritime security operations.

African partners expressed the
importance of this type of collaboration and continual improvement in maritime security skill sets to achieve a safer and more secure Gulf of Guinea. “This exercise is designed to encourage countries in the Gulf of Guinea, and to a very large extent the rest of Africa, to work together and ensure interoperability of communications and shared maritime domain awareness information,” said Nigerian navy Rear
Adm. SI Alade, flag officer commanding Western Naval Command Nigeria.

Twenty nations are participating in
Obangame Express, including Angola,
Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Spain, Togo, Turkey and
the United States.

LAGOS, Nigeria (April 13, 2014) – Joint
high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead
(JHSV-1) maneuvers alongside the pier in
Lagos, Nigeria. Spearhead, the U.S. Navy’s first-in-class joint, high-speed vessel, is visiting Nigeria in support of the upcoming Obangame Express 2014. Obangame Express is multinational at-sea exercise designed to improve cooperation
among participating nations in order to increase counter-piracy capabilities and deter other maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Weston Jones/Released)

The U.S. Navy’s first, joint-high speed
vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), and its embarked crew of military personnel and civil service mariners will participate in Obangame Express along with 30 ships. Spearhead is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for its maiden deployment in support of the APS program and maritime security operations.

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EXERCISE OBANGAME 2014 IN PICTURES

A Ghana Navy 46.8 metre ship made by Poly Technologies of China (left) anchored beside an unclear 76mm gun-armed 58 metre Nigerian Navy ship.

US Navy Capitan Nancy Lacore has
organized the military excercise

Nigerian Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, (Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command) is proud of the good relations with Germany

Soldiers practice boarding excercises

SEE

http://www.dw.de/germany-participates-in-west-african-naval-exercises/a-17577610

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NIGERIAN TROOPS FREE 121 SCHOOL GIRLS ABDUCTED BY TERRORISTS AT CHIBOK

A Nigerian Army soldier in an Otokar Cobra APC in counterinsurgency operations in Borno.

LEADERSHIP
16 April, 2014

A total number of 121 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok have been freed this evening in the ongoing search and rescue operations to free the abducted students.

With this development, the Principal of the School confirmed that only 8 of the students are still missing.

According to Major General Chris
Olukolade who spoke with our
correspondent, “One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has also been captured”. He said “Efforts are underway to locate the remaining 8 students.”

Although there were contradictory reports on the number of the abducted, the Defence Headquarters quoted 129.

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“OPERATION RESTORE PEACE” : NIGERIAN ARMY OPERATIONAL IMAGERY

An armoured vehicle (Otokar Cobra APC) is seen parked at the entrance of the LEA primary school refugee centre, following a raid by gunmen who killed over 100 people at Angwan Gata, Kaduna State

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS

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