An Israeli-manufactured AeroStar UAV prepares for lift-off at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
If the Israelis are helping us out with our drone technology… Its some good stuff out there.
They might be helping us but what I am SURE about is that I was watching on NTA News when the Air Chief commissioned the Centre for Innovative and Adaptive Technology at the Air Force Institute of Technology and as some point, an NCO came out pushing this UAV as into a takeoff run and it rolled on and took off. It was specifically described as an AEROSTAR UAV and that is Israeli-made. That is why those Israeli gentlemen are in the photo.
Do not forget that we were the first to post photos of Aerostar and Seastar UAVs and USVs online about four years ago.
So whereas the same AFIT are actually manufacturing prototypes of the AMEBO drone(Made in Nigeria), this particular UAV pictured is Israeli-made.
ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE
NTA NEWS this evening showed the NAF conducting demonstration flights of the Aerostar UAV at Kaduna today. The CAS also commissioned an innovation centre at the AFIT.
More details as they become handy”
So there is a wrong caption on this particular photo in the release by the Federal Ministry of Information, perhaps stemming from the similarity in appearance. But the Amebo drone is slightly smaller and we saw the demo flight which produced this photo
Thanks for the clarification. I saw a picture that was clearly a screen grab from the NTA report and wondered if there was an Amebo Mk 4 variant. The ministry of Information really needs to get its act together
Beautiful, I’m ecstatic.
Sorry to go off on a different tangent.
There’s an article on Defence Web that Russia is tying to sell 18 SU-30 MK and MKI fighter jets to Ethopia.
These jets are the early models of this Variant that were sold to the Indian airforce in the 1990s. They were returned when the Indian Air force went for the SU-30MKI and MK2 models. The Russians have offered to upgrade these aircraft if the Ethopians are willing to pay.
Meanwhile we are still fooling around with the F-7 Chengdu Air guard fighter jet as our main figher , whilst Ethopia ( a landlocked country which has nothing like the mineral rescources or money that we have) is looking at getting 18 SU-30 aircraft in one fell swoop. I tire for naija o!!!
That would not surprise me. They made a first-ever swoop of eight factory-refurbished Su-27s for US$160 million in 1998 and those were delivered after 60 days. They now probably own about sixteen Su-27s. They brought in a contractor to handle the maintenance.
Ethiopia with half of our population run a defence budget that is more than four times smaller.Compare our FG, state and LG budgets of $80bn to the Ethiopian collective for their FG, regions and districts? Must be a 5:1 mismatch. But they optimise the little that they have.
The Ethiopians are being very smart about acquisitions. They have learnt and perfected skills on the Su 27s and are now set to go for the Su-30s. How often have I said here that we should start with a haul of sixteen factory upgraded Su-27s for US$200 million, so we acquire enough assets at a reasonable price with which our pilots and engineers can familiarise and perfect their skills in 2013 and 2014 and by 2015, begin to phase-in four units of Su-30MKIIs annually for about four years. By 2020, we would have attained the dexterity necessary to grab Su-35s.
That methodical approach is what Ethiopia are apparently following while some of our brethren wish to jump from F-7 to $90 million Su-35s in one year. How won’t they all come crashing down and then the chances of the NAF getting first-line jets would have been killed off completely. So I say start with US$12.5m factory refurbished Su-27s which, in the hands of dexterous pilots, are good enough to handle any threat which we might be faced with in the medium-term. It is still a very stern jet.
So what I prescribed again in September 2011 is the way Ethiopia are going. This jet which they seek is supposedly a tad older than the Su-30K which I had prescribed. Those were sparingly used, would have cost US$10 million ($180 million for all 18 units) and for $5m apiece (US$90m for all 18 units), each would be brought up to the standards which suffice today.
In effect, we would have grabbed 90% new Su-30s upgraded to contemporary standards for US$15 million APIECE. Each of our incomparable F-7s cost US$15 million.
So because of frugal, cutthroat economics by Okonjo and Sanusi 🙂 , the NAF lost the chance to grab EIGHTEEN units of 90% new Su-30s upgraded to today’s standards for a mere US$270 million. Just like that.
Watch what Ethiopia do with this opportunity, to the chagrin of our own minders who do not see that the F-7 is beneath us.
Perhaps our own people are too afraid of success to act or maybe they want to look in everyone’s face to see that nobody is upset before they can take action. But on this mortal plane, we tread on sand and not on egg shells, so at some point, you are bound to hurt somebody.
Ethiopia are one of the blue-eyed boys of the West in Africa. It has not stopped them from acquiring Su-27s. Neither did it stop Uganda, whose leader is another great friend of the West, from acquiring T90 tanks and Su-30s.
Nigeria want to please everybody all the time. That in itself amounts to weakness.
Beegz- you hit the nail on the head as usual- the Ehopians opitimize the little they have.
They are builing a 6000MW hydro electric dam for about $4.7 billion dollars – we are spending almost $7.8 billion dollars on 10 thermal plants that will collectively generate just under 5000MW.
Sometimes I wonder why we are afraid of simply going the whole hog and acquiring mordern arms/defence equipment in bulk- surely it makes enconomic sense to purchase these items in bulk as it would drive down costs (economies of scale?). Why should Piracy be thriving off our coast when we have the human and financial resources to equip our Navy with the latest and most morden platforms on the planet? Why should it take decades to simply revamp all our C-130s heavy lift transport planes (we only have 5 of them for Gods sake) and medium lift transporters and MB-323 /Alpha Jet trainer aircraft? And the revamp is ongoing because it’s being done peice meal- one/two airframes at a time. South Sudan recently bought T-72 tanks in the dozens. Algeria, Libya, Morroco and Eygpt buy their equipment mostly brand new and in bulk. South Africa purchased 4 brand new frigates and 3 submarines in one fell swoop- as well as 26 Saab-Grippen fighters. Why can’t we do the same? What is wrong with us??
Hey Chief, I have been crying about these same points you made.
And I have been told I was exaggerating, fear mongering, unpatriotic etc,etc etc.
We Nigerians, should start taking the concept of CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE seriously.
POLITICIANS AND OFFICIALS THAT FAIL TO DO WHAT IS IN THEIR JOB DESCRIPTION, SHOULD BE CHARGED AND JAILED FOR CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE.
DENYING NIGERIA A COMPETENT AIRFORCE WHEN WE HAVE THE WHEREWITHALL TO DO SO IS SIMPLY CRIMINAL. FOR THERE IS A PRESENT DAY, AND FUTURE COST TO KEEPING NIGERIA WEAK, AND UNDEFENDED.
🙂 I would’nt know, sir. But something has to be wrong with us..really.
NIGERIA DEVELOPS UNMANNED AERIAL AND COASTAL CAPABILITY
The problem is one of corruption. Our leaders have no shame.
Money is not our problem,but, the ignorance that have been in existence in the Ministry of Defence over the years.
The NAF and its flying-coffin,the F-7NI Airguard has no stand-off weapons in its armoury,it is believe that if you do not have a shield and a sword, you can not win a fight,talkless of having an inferior one.
Abuja,Kaduna,Kano,Lagos,Port Hartcourt,Makurdi, etc, can be hit from stand-off range 100-400km depending on the direction from which the attacker may choose to come.
Did anyone read in that Defenceweb piece that after Uganda did so in 2011, Angola last year received six Su-30MKIIs?
Since it is all about threat assessments, if Nigerian attitude holds true, did they acquire those to match Congo Brazzaville, Congo DR, Namibia, Gabon or Zambia?
Saw a pix of a drone different from dis one with the control from a friend, seems he was at some form of exhibition at kaduna today. Also hinted at some classified project. Ur mail in case u need d pix.
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