ON THE REPORTED NIGERIAN QUEST FOR 4 (NOS) MODERNISED SU-25KN ‘SCORPION’ GROUND ATTACK JETS, 2(NOS) SU-25 UB TRAINER VARIANTS AND 6 (NOS) ARMED PUMA HELICOPTERS

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The cockpit of a modernised Su-25KM ground attack jet

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A weaponised Puma SOCAT

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
8 February, 2015

Late last week, reports emerged in the Nigerian media of a hunt by the Ministry of Defence for the following aircraft

* four vastly upgraded Su-25KM ‘Scorpion’ ground attack jets
(so thoroughly modernised by Elbit Systems of Israel that its name changed from the ‘Frogfoot’ to the ‘Scorpion)

* two Su-25UB trainer variants

* six upgraded and weaponised Puma helicopters.

Now, all of the foregoing represents heartwarming news for proponents of a sterner string of acquisitions for the Nigerian military.

The only snag to the cheery bit of news was that the offer made by the prospective supplier, a contractor, appeared to have been phenomenally inflated by anything between 100% and 130%. But that is another matter which shall elicit a comment hereafter.

http://www.thenationonlineng.net/new/nigeria-set-lose-466m-arms-deal/

Moving on, for several years now, there have been strident calls on this blog for the induction of the Su-25 Frogfoot into Nigerian Air Force service. Whereas the Nigerian Air Force have almost single-handedly defined the combat profile of the Alpha Jet on account of several thousand sorties flown since 1990, the Alpha Jet is limited by its payload and soft-skinned fuselage.

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/ecomog-air-operations-during-the-liberian-civil-war-a-brief-overview/

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/blog-exclusive-ecomog-air-operationsii-a-closer-look-at-the-phases-and-statistics/?relatedposts_hit=1&relatedposts_origin=12593&relatedposts_position=0

The A-Jet typically feature four hardpoints, even as the Nigerian Air Force own a few upgraded examples which feature six hardpoints.

Comparatively, the Su-25 Frogfoot incorporates an armoured hull with pilots able to fly through a laid-up wall of 20mm flak. It features eleven hardpoints and can carry over 4,000kg of ordnance into battle. The Sukhoi Su-25 is almost certainly superior in power and performance to Nigeria’s venerable Alpha Jet aircraft, even as emerging and reliable reports indicate that the country have also lately taken delivery of four additional units (delivery of two units pending) of vastly upgraded Alpha Jet aircraft which feature day-night operational capability and are able to deliver precision guided munitions.

But a modernised Su-25KM will always be more potent and better protected than any variant of Alpha Jet.

https://www.elbitsystems.com/elbitmain/area-in2.asp?parent=169&num=174&num2=174

If Nigeria do induct the vastly improved Su-25KM Scorpion, it would be the most potent variant of the aircraft available in Africa today. We certainly need those – for all weather operations, versatility, superior striking power and pilot protection.

Moving on, we have previously called for the NAF to webaponise her Puma helicopters to the configuration that is the Puma SOCAT.

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/tag/iar-330-puma-socat/

So the idea of armed Puma helicopters is okay by me. But not at the cost of about US$40 million per unit as entailed in that bogus offer. NO helicopter is worth paying that much for – assault, attack or transport, let alone a pre-owned one. Not when a pre-owned Mi-17 helicopter, which carries twice as many troops as a Puma, can be acquired and weaponised for less than a quarter of that amount by ATE of South Africa.

If crew availability issues has necessitated the specific requirement for armed Puma helicopters, then we must seek vendors who have pre-owned units available for sale at a unit cost not exceeding US$7.5 million. Thereafter, we can contract the services of ATE South Africa to weaponise and equip them for no more than US$5 million apiece.

By the way, why do we need to buy Su-25s from contractors? Why not buy directly from ROSOBORONEXPORT or BVST and then contract ELBIT SYSTEMS to modernise them? We can also buy pre-owned PUMA helicopters from some foreign airforce or corporations and have ATE of South Africa weaponise them or can’t we?

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE FAR NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA: BAMA THEATRE

Nigerian troops with a M56-2 105mm howitzer in tow celebrate after the liberation of Bama

Nigerian soldiers and a T72 M1 tank after the liberation of Bama

The Victorious

The Vanquished

Men of the Borno Youth Vigilante aka Civilian JTF

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FIELD IMAGERY FROM THE ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

A Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force, acquired in August 2014

Commandos of Nigeria’s acclaimed 72 Strike Force and a heartwarming array of REVA MRAPs in a combat zone

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE FAR NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA: BAGA THEATRE

Nigerian troops and a T72 M1 tank on the road to recapture BAGA

A T72 tank provides fire support at Baga

Armoured vehicles enter BAGA

A communications centre installed by Boko Haram

Nigerian troops step in to mop up after the rout of BH

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NIGERIAN TROOPS KILL A SENIOR BOKO HARAM COMMANDER, ABU MOJAHID, IN A GUNBATTLE AT ALAGARNO

LAGOS, April 22 (Xinhua)

Nigerian troops combating Boko Haram militants have killed notorious top terrorists commander Abu Mojahid in northern Nigeria’s Borno State, a military spokesperson said Wednesday.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Defense Headquarters Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement reaching Xinhua that the commander and other terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol on the outskirts of Alagarno area on Tuesday morning.

He said a number of terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack, adding that some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle mounted Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter.

Olukolade said the military operations
are continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations.

He said aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search are also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists. According to him, improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing ones.

The military spokesperson said the
operations especially in forest locations are progressing in defiance of obstacles and land mines emplaced by the terrorists.

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BOKO HARAM LAUNCH ROCKET ATTACK ON SOLDIERS AT BAGA, KILLING 2; ROADSIDE LANDMINE ATTACK ON ESCORT CONVOY HITS SOFT-SKINNED VEHICLE, 6 SOLDIERS, ONE VIGILANTE INJURED

Nigerian troops in a DShK 12.7mm HMG-armed Landcruiser gun truck patrol the streets of Mubi

AFP
21 April, 2015
Kano

Two soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram rocket attack on a military vehicle in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga, residents told AFP on Tuesday.

Six other soldiers and a civilian vigilante were critically injured when their vehicle hit a mine planted by the Islamists just outside the town in Borno state on Sunday, they added.

The attack and the mine explosion happened as the military escorted some 1,200 people from Baga on a brief return visit to their hometown from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Boko Haram seized the town on the shores of Lake Chad on January 3 and is suspected of killing hundreds in what was feared to have been the worst massacre in the six-year insurgency. Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured the town in late February, as an operation also involving Chad, Niger and Cameroon stepped up to drive out the militants from occupied territory.

“Boko Haram fired a rocket-propelled grenade on a military van in an ambush in Baga which killed two soldiers and destroyed the vehicle,” said resident Karimbe Maina. The soldiers were driving back to their base outside Baga to mobilise more troops to help drag an armoured vehicle stuck in the mud across town on the shores of Lake Chad, he added.

“Following the attack which killed two soldiers there was a prolonged gun battle between soldiers and the Boko Haram gunmen, which forced the gunmen to flee,” said vigilante Haruna Shuaibu.

The attack disrupted the tour,forcing the residents to leave their badly damaged and pillaged town as quickly as possible, said Musa Bulama who was on the visit. The visit was initially planned for Sunday but was temporarily stalled after a military vehicle set off a mine in Kauyen Kuros village, six kilometres (four miles) from Baga.

“We had to spend the night in Kauyen Kuros as a result of the explosion which injured six soldiers and a member of the civilian vigilantes giving security cover to the convoy,” said Bulama.

Military spokesman Chris Olukolade said on February 21 that troops had to clear landmines planted by Boko Haram before being able to enter Baga.

Nigeria claims to have Boko Haram on the run and that troops are poised to storm the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold by the handover of power to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.

But with increasing talk of some of the 1.5 million people forced to flee the fighting returning home, the Baga residents said the area was still infested with militant fighters.

“Boko Haram are still in the bushes around Baga and move in and out of the town unchallenged because soldiers confine themselves to their base in Mile 4 and only carry periodic patrols of the town,” said Maina.

Bulama added: “The area is still not safe. Boko Haram are very much around in the surrounding areas. No one should contemplate moving back into the area because it is dangerous”

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NIGERIA DEPLOY NEWLY-ACQUIRED HARDWARE SYSTEMS FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

L-R: A Toyota Landcruiser truck serves as a prime mover for a 105mm artillery gun, two of a batch of recently acquired RM-70 modular 122mm Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and a MOWAG APC

Also new to the inventory: a BVP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

A Eurocopter Super Puma of the Nigerian Air Force

An air assault squad of troops bearing down on potentially hostile territory from a EUROCOPTER Super Puma helicopter

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FOTORAMA: NIGERIAN MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST

On the road to BAMA: a T72 M1 tank (foreground) and a T72 AV tank of the Nigerian Army loom large as troops prepare to advance on.BAMA

A Bofors FH77B 155mm artillery piece prepares to open fire on targets at Bama from Konduga

Two Eurocopter Super Puma helicopters of the Nigeria Air Force are visible to the left and right(foreground) while a Gazelle helicopter sits in the background

A quad-barreled 12.7mm machine gun on a Nigerian Air Force Mi-24 attack helicopter being prepared for offensive action

Blood and guts for God and country; a combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force alights from the cockpit after another successful outing

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