LIGHT OBSERVATION AND SEARCH+DESTROY CTCOIN MISSIONS : SHOULD’NT NIGERIA SIMPLY ACQUIRE THE FAMILIAR EX-GERMAN ARMY BO-105 ARMED MULTIMISSION HELICOPTERS FOR DIRECT AIR SUPPORT ??

PHOTO CREDIT: FAS MILITARY ANALYSIS NETWORK

German MBB Bo 105

Ex-German Army Bo 105

PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA

Canadian Coast Guard Bo-105

PHOTO CREDIT: SHEPHERD MEDIA

A Canadian Coast Guard Bo-105 on board the flagship of the CCG, the 120 metre 15,324 ton behemoth, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent

PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA

Mexican Navy MBB Bo-105(WIKIMEDIA)

Mexican Navy Bo-105 fires 2.75 inch HE rockets

PHOTO CREDIT : WIKIEMEDIA

The BO 105 CBS-5 Army or Navy is a
lightweight twin-engine multi-role
military helicopter. It is built by the
EUROCOPTER Group, owned 70% by
AEROSPATIALE France and 30% by
Daimler Aerospace (DASA) of Germany. The military version of the BO 105 include the antitank version with weapon-carrying outriggers and the scout version which has a mast-mounted sight above the main rotor.

Missions include: direct air support, antitank, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and transport.

In addition to reconnaissance, observation and surveillance missions, this helicopter is particularly suitable for carrying taskforces and casualties, thanks to its unpartitioned cabin/cargo area.

The helicopter is powered by two Allison 250-C 20B turbine engines and can easily be reconfigured for different armed duties and particularly to support the following specific weapon systems: anti-tank missiles, rocket launchers, pod-mounted gun, gun turret, side-firing machine gun.

The Maritime Search & Surveillance BO
105 CBS 5, is the shipborne version of the BO 105, with the same engines. The
helicopter features a 360-degree surveillance and watch meteorological radar and has a capability to also support an associated data recorder and transmitter system, a Doppler/GPS navigation control system and is NVG compatible.

The four-blade main rotor is mounted
above center of cabin. External stores are mounted on weapons “outriggers” or racks on each side of the fuselage. Each rack has one hardpoint.

SPECIFICATIONS

Country of Origin : Germany

Builder : Eurocopter

Date of Introduction : 1972

Role : Observation, antitank, utility

Similar Aircraft : OH-6 Cayuse, Defender 500MD, Alouette III, Mi-4 Hound

Weight : Maximal with external load 2,600kg/5,732 lb

Maximum Gross: 2,500 kg / 5,512 lb

Normal Takeoff: 2,000 kg
Empty: 1,301 kg, 1,913 kg (PAH1)

Engine : 2 x 420-shp Allison 250-C20B turboshaft

Fuel Internal: 570 liters

Internal Aux Tank: 200 liters ea. (max 2x)

Maximum speed 242 km/h – 131 kts

Cruising speed 205 km/h

Range
Normal Load: 555 km
With Aux Fuel: 961 km Ceiling

Service: 3,050 m

Hover (out of ground effect): 457 m

Hover (in ground effect): 1,525 m

Vertical Climb Rate 7.5 m/s

Armament
2 – 2.75-in rocket pods (7 or 12 ea.)
2 – 68-mm SNEB rocket pods (12 ea)
2 – 50-mm SNIA rockets (28 ea.)
2 – TOW ATGM pods (4 ea.)
6 – HOT ATGM
2 – AS-12 ASM pods (2 ea.)
1 – Stinger AAM pod (4 ea.)

Most Probable Armament:BO-105P/PAH1:
Outriggers carry 6 x HOT antitank missiles, or rocket pods.

CASA BO-105/ATH: The Spanish produced variant rigidly mounts 1x Rh 202
20-mm cannon under the fuselage.

Standard Payload Internal load: 690 kg
External on sling only: 1,200 kg

Transports 3 troops or 2 litters, or cargo.

Survivability/Countermeasures

Main and tail rotors electrically deiced. Infrared signature suppressors can be mounted on engine exhausts. Rotor brake.

AVIONICS
Options exist to fit a thermal imaging system for night operations, and a laser designator. Available avionics include weather radar, Doppler and GPS navigation, and an autopilot. It is capable of operation in day, night, and instrument meteorological conditions.

Crew 1 or 2 (pilots)

DATA: FAS MILITARY ANALYSIS NETWORK

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33 Responses to LIGHT OBSERVATION AND SEARCH+DESTROY CTCOIN MISSIONS : SHOULD’NT NIGERIA SIMPLY ACQUIRE THE FAMILIAR EX-GERMAN ARMY BO-105 ARMED MULTIMISSION HELICOPTERS FOR DIRECT AIR SUPPORT ??

  1. Number one says:

    @ Gen. Beeg,how much will it cost us to reactivate the ones we have.

  2. Henry says:

    Two surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) unveiled by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Kaduna have completed their maiden test flight yesterday.

    The vehicles are to tackle insecurity through enhanced air surveillance.
    The test flight took place under the close scrutiny of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna.
    Speaking after the flights of the UAVs and another unmanned jet, the Air chief said the UAVs are invented by the air force while 12 officers are undergoing training on how to operate and assemble the vehicles. He said to have train the 12 officers outside the country, it would have cost the air force $2million to $3million, but are training them in-country and try to develop their capabilities.
    According to him, “Foreign firms are asking for millions of dollars to sell these UAVs. We can’t afford that. We have other UAVs” stressing that the air force will develop lighter UAVs. According to him, by October 2013, the NAF is going to unveil some surprising innovations and by January 2014 when the “NAF will celebrate its centennial, there will be a lot to show Nigerians.”
    The twelve officers undergoing the UAV training fall within the ranks of Wing Commander and Flying Officer.

    http://dailytrust.info/index.php/news/3863-insecurity-naf-completes-two-unmanned-test-flights

  3. beegeagle says:

    Oga Number One, I doubt that it would exceed US$200-250k each.

    However, I would rather suggest we get these ones off Germany FIRST since they are operationally, primed and ready. As our flyboys hit peak form on the airframe, we can get the old customer that is Eurocopter Romania to come in and upgrade our own crated Bo-105s since I am not sure of the shape they are in while time is of the essence.

    We just need to get them in with 68mm rockets and 12.7mm HMGs. That, from the air, is enough to knock out escaping terrorists from the air in search-and-destroy missions. Later we can bother about TOW and HOT anti-tank missiles for them.

    The good thing about this option is that it is triservice-deployable. The NAF can handle the training and maintenance for all services. Give 18 units to the NAF, give 12 units as startup assets to the budding NA Aviation Corps to finally get off the ground and deploy 6 maritime variants to the NN to be stationed at each of six coastal FOBs, while the can field Agusta A109e and Bell Jet Ranger helics from that naval air stations at Lagos and Warri (under construction) and from the major naval bases at Lagos, Calabar, PHC, Ikot Abasi etc.

    With last week’s spectacular counterpiracy operation, you can imagine what use these would be if Shaldag FPCs and Manta Interceptors took off from FOBs Egwuema and Escravos with these armed Bo-105s lifting off in tandem from the naval FOBs.

  4. eniola says:

    Nyc choppers….

    The chief of defense staff says dats nigeria wud soon hav a military satellite
    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/national-security-ibrahim-seeks-deployment-of-communication-satellite/157189/

  5. eniola says:

    Can’t wait 4 dis october…wonder wat d naf hav in store 4 us nd den january….

    • G8T Nigeria says:

      thank u eniola for that piece. I did hear of a military satellite and a cyber command to be launched sometime in the future. where and when remains unknown.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Seriously, I have no idea, bro and I am not expecting to see much unless you are dropping a hint.

    After all the travails, Nigeria which was formed from the amalgamation of two different Protectorates in 1914, shall be a century old in 2014. We are expected to turn the spotlight on every facet of our national life. One would have thought that in addition to the Made-in-Nigeria bomb detonating robot, Igirigi APC and NNS Andoni, meaningful military hardware shall be on display. At the very least, we can acquire the ex-German Type 122A frigates and get them ready – even if the grand celebration is put forward to our national day that is October 1st (though Nigeria was actually created on January 1st). We would have one of the stealth OPVs in while the NAF should at least be able to lift off in Su-27s and L15 Falcons on the day.

    Please, let us make meaningful plans instead of appearing to be celebrating half-heartedly. Zambia which took delivery of eight K8 jets in April 2012, signed a contract for six L15 Falcons in November 2012 and those have been delivered since June 2013.

    Let us see motion in Nigerian acquisitions. What suffices for now is just movement.

  7. Tope says:

    Hmmm…..oga Henry i see you im interested to know the name of the Unmanned Jet they said also flew abi this Newspaper journalist don mess up again….seriously i know i can do better work and analysis than some of them. Is it a UAV or Jet? Well lets wait till October we want to see our L15’s Delivered, UAVs on Stock and Hopefully newer Airframes……

    As for the Military Satellite, there is nothing stopping the FG from having a Dedicated Military Surveillance Satellite and the more the better, one should be focused entirely on the Sahel Region from Borno to Algeria and the Others focused on Niger Delta the Two flash points of security so far.

  8. eniola says:

    I tink d cods meant a dedicated satellite 4 military use….

    As 4 d jet it cud b an uav nd unnamed jet bcos uav means unmanned…dey re both d same

  9. Donspony says:

    Does the AF make use of wind tunnels in the construction of their UAVs?

    • Henry says:

      Oga donspony, you do know this is a stupid question sha.

      • Donspony says:

        Why the condescending and lil kid display, yay or nay should suffice…
        A small wind tunnel can be used to evaluate a drone’s performance in flight during construction.
        Besides, with stories of building their own aircraft soon. I wanted to know if there was a small scale one in use already.

      • Henry says:

        Oga donspony, I sincerely apologise for the comment. Without a model and a wind tunnel, that craft won’t fly. How would they test the aerodynamics of the craft without a test tunnel. Remember, we are talking about an airforce institute here.

        Offcourse they have a wind tunnel, it’s a pre-requisite.

    • mayorrules says:

      if they don’t use wind tunnel am sure the UAV won’t be flying

  10. Henry says:

    No official report from nigeria stating we would be getting L-15 jets yet. However like oga beeg stated, MDB which is russia version of Janes defence stated nigeria had signed contracts with the chinese for the procurement of 12 L-15 jets. In country sources claim the L-15 jets are to be delivered in 2014. I’ve seen photos of our UAV’s and a can say with pride that look good.

  11. Henry says:

    PLEASE READ*********

    OGA beeg this report deserves it’s own full thread

    CATEGORIZED
    Nigerian Unmanned Unmanned Ground and Unmanned Air Platforms
    by African Defence Admin • August 13, 2013

    Worried by the incessant bombings experienced across the country resulting in the deaths of countless Nigerians especially security operatives as well as destruction to properties , the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna, went into research on how it can develop a robot capable of remotely defusing high caliber bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Weekly Trust reports that given adequate funding, the concept may soon become a reality. The idea came into lime light on July 22, 2013. On the said day, the concept of a robot bomb deactivator by AFIT became a reality, as they revealed a prototype bomb defusing robot at the institute, displaying its many functions. But most importantly, the audience was excited at the capacity of the robot to effectively diffuse bombs and save the lives of Nigerians, especially, security agents hitherto killed in the process of deactivating bombs, an instrument freely used by insurgents in the country.

    Explaining how the robot works, the Team Leader of the IED robot research team, Wing Commander Abubakar Bello said it has been tested and can pick up suspicious bags and scan containers without a human being, anywhere close to the spot.

    His words, “The robot is a six wheel drive; it has a run- time of 1 to 2 hours. It is 70cms long with a speed of 6.5km/ hour. It has eight channels with an effective range of 200meters and it has inbuilt CCTV camera as well as inferred camera to see clearly even at night”.

    On his part, the Research Coordinator of the Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Wing Commander David Bello said “the Unmanned Ground Vehicle which is also called the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) robot is an all terrain physical inspection and explosive ordinance deactivator robot. It has a completely enclosed six wheel robot channel; a camera and a video display system. The construction of the robot from scratch to finish was done at the institute”.

    He noted that some of the parts used to construct the robot were sourced locally, while other parts had to be sourced from imported products, hence all the materials needed for its construction could not be acquired locally.

    “The robot still needs more work to be done on it to make it operational. That is why we are calling it a prototype robot. If you notice, the Unmanned Aerial vehicles we have developed are now AMEBO 1- 111 because on each of them, we have made modifications on the previous one,” he observed.

    However, the Commandant of the institute, Air Vice Marshall John Oshoniyi noted that the institute, in its research efforts had last year commenced research into the development of a robot capable of remotely defusing bombs and IEDs after a police man was killed along Ali Akilu road trying to certify the contents in a polythene bag.

    “The robot is a prototype for now, we are going to test it and if possible make modifications with the limited resources available to the institute to make it operational. But I can assure you that by next year, the robot will be fully operational. Our engineers need to do some more work on the prototype and if necessary, the institute will go into partnership with other organizations to make the robot functional and acceptable in the global economy in order to execute mass production so that it can be used everywhere in the world,” he said.

    He observed that the Institute had developed and successfully test-flown two versions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles code-named AMEBO 1 and 11adding that AMEBO 111 which is an improved version of the latter had been designed and produced but has not been test-flown because NAF has no trained pilot for the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) at the moment.

    “AMEBO 111 has not been test-flown because we decided that one of our own in the NAF will test-fly it because the past two AMEBO’s were test-flown by pilots we had to fly into the country from the United Kingdom. But this time, the Chief of Air Staff decided a Nigerian will test-fly the vehicle. So right now, the pilots have commenced training of NAF UAV in AFIT to meet international standards.

    “The pilots are making significant progress in their training and they now conduct some of their training flights with the NAF AMEBO 11in preparation for the test flight of the AMEBO 111 and its subsequent series and the institute is currently under-going a project on the development of an indigenous primary trainer aircraft code-named AFIT FARAWA,” he said.

    He said that the institute has been increasingly attracting interest from overseas companies who are seeking to collaborate in the area of manpower research and development adding that the it has entered collaboration with the Brazilian Air Force, the Instituto Technologico de Aeronautica (ITA) of Brazil to enhance exchange of ideas research and staff development.

    He added, “The research activities going on in the institute come with huge financial implications and the resources required for AFIT to fully operate cannot be borne by the NAF alone, with its limited resources, it is in this regard that we earnestly seek the passage of the AFIT establishment Act,” he maintained.

    The Commandant noted that the Establishment Act, when assented to by the President, will open the institute to greater funding saying that “with adequate funding and political support, AFIT could develop its UAV programme to produce operational UAVs that will find use in pipeline and power line monitoring and aerial surveillance.

    AFIT is a higher education institution engaged in imparting knowledge, skills and learning to students using specialized facilities and a multi-disciplinary approach. It is a centre of excellence for serious innovative research and development for the aerospace, aeronautical, aviation and allied industries/disciplines.

    As reported by Maryam Ahmadu-Suka for the

    • Acting Major Benbella says:

      It is possible for the NAF to buy effective medium and high altitude UAVs while they are developing a local one. This cheapness that has rendered the NAF and the rest of the armed forces unable to meaningfully project power is so terrible that it has placed our civilians military personnel at great risk of harm. It is so hard to make sense of the decision making process that guides our arms purchases. It smacks so much of paganism.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, I have been reliably informed backstage that the Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Ltd (AETSL) of the Nigerian Air Force which midwifed the upgradation of our Alpha Jet aircraft are more than willing, able and ready to reactivate our own Bo-105s in DOUBLE QUICK TIME if commissioned to do so.

    Here is a little backgrounder on our own Bo-105s

    VARIANTS OF NAF MBB Bo 105 helicopters

    * Bo-105D attack variant – 15 units

    * Bo-105D Search and Rescue – 4 units

    * Bo-105CD transport variant – 4 units

    REAL PHOTOS OF SOME NIGERIAN AIR FORCE Bo 105s

    NIGERIAN AIRFORCE MBB Bo 105

    NIGERIAN AIRFORCE Bo 105

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Beegs,

      These look in pretty bad shape, I hope it’s possible to revive the copters.

      I hope the Air Force of today realize that there are better ways to stow multi-million dollar assets.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Speechless. Soo many whys…? This is such a time you dig deep into your well of patriotism to prevent yourself from saying something very nasty and bile. Agreed these are old pictures, (the old ways of handling air assets was, honestly, abysmal), these nimble air assets are not impossibly complicated to return to service. Twenty three helicopters with their force multiplier values will seriously tip the advantage on the side of our security outfits in the job of policing our North East worrisome borders. As suggested by one of the Ogas here, the NAF chief must plead the importance of having these helicopters airborne again to those who have the purse strings; and highlight how cheap it would come in at the end to get them repaired and back in service (it will help to draw their attention to the price tags of these airframes if we were buying the 23 helos). Besides making him look good, it will mark up the airworthy platforms on the inventory of the NAF, while increasing the reaches of the NAF into hitherto unpoliced frontiers.

  13. beegeagle says:

    That goes without saying, Oga Asorock.

    What I think is…these photos were taken at the very tail end of their first incarnation – shortly before the Mi-35P attack helicopters closed them out. Yes, in this hangar, they do not look to be in great shape but I am sure that they have since been crated.

    Airframes which got shelved during the late 1990s included Super Puma helics (in 1997), haven only been used sparingly from the time of their acquisition around 1990 (note that those were stretch variant SUPER PUMA, as against the Puma which had been in service since the late 1970s). Two Super Puma helics were upgraded by Eurocopter Romania in 2012 and two more are lined up for similar upgradation. Those will join the four militarised B1 and C1 variants acquired in 2011 through a fresh deal.

    So my backstage feelers suggest that AETSL will make short work of these Bo-105 upgrades and in record time IF commissioned and funded swiftly.Perhaps they know something about the state of the engines and avionics. As for the bodywork, that can be taken care of and the airframes painted in desert camouflage since we all know where we need them to bust some knucklehead terrorists.

  14. beegeagle says:

    That said, gentlemen, expect to read about some armoured vehicle procurement tomorrow, God willing.

  15. beegeagle says:

    So if we are reviving these 23 units, we should also think about acquiring 16 ready-to-roll units from German surplus stocks.

    The days of acquiring airframes in threes and fours have hopefully come to a due end. It is quite gross and a mean insult on the psyche of Nigerians. A country with the means available to our FG, with so many flashpoints cannot continue to trifle with token and meaningless gestures which scarcely makes a dent when there is a need.

    Since 2010, with Mali and the Northern Insurgency in view, there is no reason why we should not have positioned three Su-27s, two Frogfoot COIN jets and three Mi-24V attack helics in Sokoto and Maiduguri; four Su-25 Frogfoot and four Mi-24V attack helics at Yola. Note while even I can land those with upgrades for US$165m.

    Please, we need to wake up. Nigerians are tired of being under-served. If we cannot knock the military into prime shape now with all the armed conflicts ongoing, are we going to do it when there are no combat operations to engage our attention?

    We need

    – armed scout+light observation helics and I am sure we can wrap up a minimum of 30 units from ex-German stocks for $15 million

    – MIL attack (we can land a combo of twelve surplus Mi-24V/Mi-35P@US$50m)

    – Su-25 Frogfoot dedicated armoured COIN jets (eight for US$50m)

    – upgraded Su-27 deep strike jets with a 2,000+ mile combat radius (eight for US$100m)

    We need to stop letting ourselves down for real. Egypt and Morocco cannot be flying F16s, Angola and Ethiopia Su-27s+Su-30s, South Africa JAS Gripen jets, Algeria Su-30MK jets, Sudan MiG-29s while a Nigeria with UN Security Council membership aspirations are content with rolling around in ordinary F7 jets.

    It is not only catastrophic for our strategic goals, it is an insult on the sensibilities of our people. It is even more confounding to note that the funds are not in short supply. Our leaders need to show some respect to our people. We are not that ignorant.

  16. Russellinfinity says:

    What do you know!!! So much for our maintenance. I can’t believe we have this nimble beast domicle in our orbat in this time of great need. Really Cyber Generals what is wrong with our leaders? Is it lack of vision or what? Is there a deliberate attempt by some in the corridors of power to defang our armed forces especially the airforce? Are Nigerian leaders acting out some script from key players in world politics? Is it that we have a phobia for doing the right and practical thing? Is it that we are afraid of success?

    Can someone explain why the largest oil producer in Africa faced with live threats to our EEZ and the oil industry itself be draging its foot about procurement of the requisite ocean going platforms and airframes in the right numbers? Or atleast refurbish/upgrade our existing systems for peanuts! How can a country at war with militants field less than the required number of airframes, sometimes moving man and equipment from one command to supplement another in the name of “beefing up”? Even basic staples like MRAPs are in trifle numbers! The hardest part for me to swallow is that we are not under any form of sanction or embago, with more than a decade of civil rule and the largest economy in Africa to boot!!! May be we need an incursion into our airspace by some country that will show just how potent our airforce is since it took us the Niger delta insurgency to pay attention to our brown water fleet and the Boko mallams up north to scrutinize our desert warfare capabilities.

    Uncommon sense dictates that the NAF present the reactivation and upgrade of these and similar airframes to the NAS or FEC or whom ever as a matter of urgency and lobby for its approval. Then more airframes should be purchased from Germany. The MBB BO 105 uses a simple and trusted hingeless rotor blade system so in house maintenance isn’t much of an issue. Please for once let’s do the right thing and only then can we get the right results.

  17. beegeagle says:

    Need we emphasize the fact that the Bo-105 is TWIN ENGINED! That does a lot for crew survivability in the field.

  18. Yagazie says:

    Gentlemen- I note your comments one and all in respect of the Bo-105 helos. However at the risk of playing the devil’s advocate, and to be fair and balanced, let us first of all confirm that the airforce have made a request for extra-budgetary allocation to have these airframes re-activated and that such a request has been denied by the National Assembly BEFORE we crucify our legislators/members of the executive.

    Besides (and those who know better might correct me)- the Fed Govt or office of the NSA must have a security vote- what stops them from taking funds from there to re-activate these airframes or even purchase the surplus stocks from the German airforce/army?

    Our security/defence budget for the year 2013 recieved the lions share of this years budgetary allocation (about $6billion dollars?) – the MOD are also supposed to be flush with funds from unspent defence equipment purchase allocations from previous years- so why haven’t they made provisions for the purchase/refurbishment of these airframes? Have the NAF made a budgetary request to have this done?

    In my humble opinion, there is definitely more to this than meets the eye.

  19. Yagazie says:

    Further to my earlier posting on this matter – based on what Oga Beegz had stated earlier, the NAF should as a matter of urgency through the AETSL, re-activate the Bo-105s in our inventory and have the same deployed for the counter-insurgency operations in the North. They should get the funds from their current budgetary allocation- afterall the COAS recently had a number of inactive armoured assets re-activated- and this was done from the army’s current budget.

    When the inevitable results (i.e. successfuly taking out the fleeing BH terrorists) from the usage of these re-activated frames come through- then PROVIDED a prior budgetary request has been made, our politicians will be more amenable to granting same for the purchase of surplus Bo-105 stocks from Germany. It is a question of thinking outside the box and also engaging in highly effective and directed lobbying for what you need.

    Unfortunately and let us not forget that (with all due respect,) the majority of our politicians geniunely have no clue as to how the millitary operate, the kind of equipment they need and the cost of same. That is why our esteemed and highly respected Finance Minister (and I hold her in the highest regard) could make a statement at the commsisioning of 17 metre patrol vessels (which cannot even patrol to the outer limits of our territorial waters, talk less of our EEZ) to the effect that our Navy should justify the expenditure on these vessels before any further vessels were purchased!!

    It is for the millitary to make their case for budgetary allocations and where possible back it up with hard evidence.

  20. Yagazie says:

    Fellow Cyber Generals- yet again on this matter (Bo-105 reactivation), I realise that the cost of renovating airframes will be much more than that of renovating armoured cars/tanks or artillery.

    However (and I am thinking outside the box now) , what stops our airforce from renovating about 2-3 airframes of our Bo-105s that are currently in storage and deploying same for COT/COIN operations. When the good results come in – they can then approach the National Assembly with hard evidence as to (i) what it cost to renovate these 2-3 units (ii) how /where they were deployed and the results of such deployments (iv) the exponential effect of having more of these units for operations and the cost of same..

    Taking this a step further what then stops them from inviting selected and reputable Nigerian media defence correspondents to a forward operating base and showing these refurbished equipment to them and informing them of how they were refurbished in-house (by AETSL), the cost, how they were deployed and the successes recorded so far as a result of such deployments and what can be achieved if funding for more of thses assets were made available. Get it out there in the public domain and get the press/public on their side. We are now operating under a democracy and the press is supposed to be the fourth estate of the realm.

    Let’s also not forget that from time to time, the millitary leadership have closed door meetings/briefing sessions with members of the National Assembly and the Service Chiefs also meet regularly with our President and the NSA. It is for them to put their case accross.

  21. freeegulf says:

    oga yagz, you said it all. there is more to this acquisition palaver than meets the eye.
    our politicians are clueless about defence. however, it must be stated also that our military top brass are not doing a good job rather. there is need for clarity, and they can sell their ideas to their political masters without breaking the bank. what we have, is a clumsy procurement habit and generals that seem to reject simple innovations.

    this tardiness on the part of the top brass has been going on for decades now. we experienced same during ECOMOG days.
    with less than $5m NAF could have acquired MIL utility and attack choppers from eastern Europe. even with less kudi, NA could have easily procured all terrain vehicles, LMGs, HMGs, and better secured comms equipment. but hey, they didn’t. the officers where quite content to whine and moan at the operational theartre than request MOD or gen sani abacha for extra funds. an army that found it hard to even properly kit its troops, with sojas literally wearing rags and going hungry, its not hard to find that same mentality in today’s ‘transformed’ armed forces.

    it is not the politicians that will search for air frames and munitions. this is the sole responsibility of the top brass (it is not even the job of the pen pushers at MOD) and they have to lobby, beg, bring in the press and what not, to have their toys at the right time.

    i guess procurement is hardly a top priority for these generals. just take a look at how the kenyan defence force conducted military ops in somalia. one have to give them thumbs up for the smooth mix with the media. KAF provided shuttle rides for several defence correspondents with birds eye view of the ongoing ops. and this helped further in convincing the stakeholders about the somali mission.

    NAF could have done a similar job with the present mission up north. with the cannibalization of one strike group to meet the extreme demand in another frontline, i guess giving journos a shuttle ride isn’t high on their to do list! we cant put the blame entirely on our politicians. yes they might be clueless, but part of this reform mission rest on the laurels of the top brass themselves. they, the generals, by being pro active and a little innovative can continue to plug the wide gap in armament, except we want the issue of competitive demand to keep the military shunted! nuff said!!

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