Rocket pods fabricated locally by the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology
Yeah, I actually offered a sneak preview of this rocket pod system – and a photo of yet another prototype of the Made-in-Nigeria AMEBO drone, at this time last year. They were apparently produced in 2011 and displayed at the Air Expo 2012.
Amebo-II: Made-in-Nigeria Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Made-in-Nigeria rocket pod
The Air Force Institute of Technology are right now working on the development of a bomb-defusing robot.
This is a great stride! Go NAF!
We need more of these rockets with incendiary warheads for the Mi-24/35 to counter BH technicals wherever they may be found.
You have unusually quiet ESPECIALLY with regards to this one item since what you say tends to be gospel 100% of the time tell us
1) WHAT IS THE AIRFORCE getting L-15?
2) The j10 or the j17?
3) We also know at this stage there SA MISSLE SYSTEM on going we saw this with Army celebration we know the airforce is cooking something.
True to form Jimmy, my thoughts is that the NAF need more incendiary warhead rockets than high explosive (HE) type with ongoing missions. The quest for new aircraft type by NAF is well know since the aborted L-39ZA upgrades. Fact is that it was not captured in 2013 defence budget and moreover the C-in-C has given the Finance minister administrative powers over govt spending, so if She says YES to more acquisitions then so shall it be.
We also need radar systems, SAM systems to protect our airfields, undertake maintenance on two more C-130s and G-222s, and pay for the Terminator helos.
Hint: You can all see how long it took the NAF (somersaulted plea) to implement the NAF drone programme.
Thank you once again for your concise thoughts on this subject.I guess we will continue to do somersaults till we get one of Nigeria’s greatest needs
a dual aircraft, and maintenance for the C130s, and G222 which based on current events we really need more of these to come on stream.
Gentlemen, the L15 Falcon page on WIKI (not the most reliable source but it is hotlinked to a Chinese website for proof) has updates and the gist is that “six L15 Falcon were delivered to an unknown customer” on June 29th 2013.
In addition to the Moscow Defense Brief’s report which suggested that Nigeria have placed an order for these jets, the said page has also now added fresh info to the effect that Zambia, a major African user of Chinese-made hardware, have also placed an order for six L15 Falcon jets.
Zambia took delivery of more Z-9 helicopters and K8 jets last year
First, it emerged that an unknown African country (which the Moscow Defense Brief says is Nigeria) placed an order for twelve L15 Falcon jets. Now we hear that Zambia also placed an order for six units of L15 Falcon jets during the November 2012 Airshow.
Both contracts are slated for completion in 2012 and it now seems like the ‘unknown taker’ have received a first batch of six jets while Zambia, normally forthcoming about acquisitions, have yet to announce any deliveries
Meanwhile Zambia are holding up well on the consistent acquisition of airframes. They acquired a second batch of eight K-8P jets last year – for a total of sixteen K8s.
They have also been acquiring Z-9 utility helics, MA60 and Y12 transport planes during the course of these past 5-10 years.
great strides. during the ECOMOG years, bombs and rockets where precious commodities to NAF. scarce foreign currencies meant, they had to be more judicious. there was never any generous use of these bombs back then.
kudos to NAF. There should be some materiel that shouldnt be imported no more. local sourcing is the way to go.
@Gen Eyimola. Nice.
Zambia placed an order for six units while MDB say Nigeria placed an order for twelve units. Six units now delivered – going to Zambia.
When next you hear that any units were delivered in Africa, we can say ‘the Falcons have landed’
generals jimmy and xnurr, NAF problem is quite peculiar. they re not showing any real zeal or effort to modernize their fleet. the army and navy at least, make the effort, no matter how marginal. NAF on the other hand, has nothing going for them. they re short in utility copters, short in air defence, completely lack modern multi-role aircraft, our tactical airlift capability is seriously impaired.
during military rule, the onerous excuse was sanctions. nearly a decade and a half since the arms embargo where lifted we still can not maintain a functional airlift fleet. why is the air force making a big issue of the C-130s and G-222s, why are they finding it hard to bring the rest of the fleet back to air worthiness?
NAF should introduce the Y-9 and the Y-12 to the air mobility command. they re quite affordable and would not break the bank. the stinginess/naivety of our political decision makers and the timidity of the top brass is mind boggling. even if procurement is about kickbacks and commissions, they stand a very sweet chance of making a killing procuring adequate armament for the armed forces.
Recent Air Bosses have found it hard to convince Govt of the need to fund maintenance; upgrades and new acquisitions of modern hardware to enhance their capacity to carry out task the same Govt themselves ask them to perform.
As you may already know, the NAF can only reactivate and operate a maximum of five (5) C-130s; the other three (3) have been scrapped. The NAF have rationalize aircraft in their transport fleet as follows; C-130 for heavy lift, G-222 for medium lift and Dornier series for utility service. At the moment the NAF fall short of the required number of air and maintenance crews and to fly and maintain these assets assuming all transport planes are operational. What the NAF is doing is to train a new generation of specialists with required competency to fill identified gaps in the service, it is painfully slow with current funding but, as a resource manager you utilize whatever is given to you and my constant headache is THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING A LITTLE BIT BUT TOO LITTLE. We can all attest to this across the board in our armed forces with our “oohs and cries” e.g. the near impossible feats by field commanders while deploying troops to Mali because of nonexistence of airlift capability; virtually everything had to be improvised from troop bivouacs to field kitchens, medical services etc. We find situations were ground units and formations were tasked and send out to the North east (on harms way) on SUVs columns with no protection whatsoever; one wonders what the wheeled IFVs (which are in service) were acquired for.
Sometimes we need to ask policy makers if their actions and inactions of ‘SAVING FOR TODAY AND COURTING DISASTER TOMORROW’ is the only smart option when defence and security of a nation is at stake.
Do you really think that when the NAF acquire the Y-9 and Y-12 those airplanes will not fall into the same decadence? There may be need to induct new transport planes; only time and expediency will tell if funding will be made available.
oga xnur man dey , MAN DON READ YOUR COMMENTS WORK NO GREE MAN GIVE IN DEPT REPLY ….YET
oga xnurr, our air marshal. thank you.
you have painfully described the current situation facing the air force. it is sad, really sad. the ongoing transition in NAF is too slow to meet up with contemporary demands. they lack sufficient numbers and personnel in every air branch.
it does not take magic to update training command. the air force has the capacity to train air crews for fixed wing and rotary wing assets. training command has been falling short and bumbling. with just 5 charlie 130s and even fewer G-222s, they still can not train enough aircrew for less than a dozen transport? light utility aren’t faring better either
the top brass should stop acting as wimps and come out forthright with clear and present shortfalls of NAF and get these our clueless politicians to fund the procurement on newer armaments.
as part of the acquisition of the Y-9 and Y-12 aircraft, china will not only train the air crews, they will also help build hangars and provide spares to maintain these planes, if only, the OPERATIONAL FUNDS are not seen as LUXURY by our politicians.
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