GULMA UAV, crafted with pride in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Dec. 17, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan on
Tuesday in Kaduna unveiled the country’s first indigenous unmanned
aerial vehicle (drone), GULMA,designed and constructed by the
Nigerian Air Force
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr.
Jonathan said that the unveiling of the vehicle marked another landmark
moment in the nation’s history. He said that besides its diverse military application, the vessel would provide a range of benefits in disaster
management, power line surveys and
Mr. Jonathan said that the vehicle
would also be useful in aerial
imaging/mapping, telecommunications and weather
monitoring. “It is also rapidly becoming an important tool in news coverage, environmental monitoring, and oil and gas exploration.
“Considering the potential impact of
its benefit and versatility, I cannot but
say how proud I am of the men and
women of our Armed Forces,” the
president said. “Apart from their commitment to the protection of our sovereignty, they are helping to keep our nation ahead in military science and technology and to keep their civilian counterparts on their toes.
“Today, as we stand in appreciation of
the gallant men and women of our Air
Force,we are reminded that hardwork and diligence can break many barriers,’’ he said.
Mr. Jonathan commended the Chief of
Air Staff and all officers and men of
the Nigerian Air Force for the
achievement, noting that it would
strengthen the country. He said it
would also enhance the nation’s role in peace keeping and conflict
prevention. The president said he was optimistic that this stride by the Nigerian Air Force would mark a turning point for indigenous technology in every sector of the nation’s life.
“Let me assure the Air Force of the
Federal Government’s support for this
and all other research projects. We
will encourage and assist private
sector concerns to key into mass
production of the project to achieve the highest and best commercial use
of this prototype Unmanned Aerial
“As I said in my Independence Day
address, our nation is made great by
the big and small efforts of regular
citizens. Indeed, indigenous initiatives remain indispensable in achieving national greatness. “To retain the country’s importance on
the global stage, we must continue to
produce leaders in science,technology and engineering, and invest more in
ideas,” the president said.
In his remark,the Supervising Minister
of Defence, Labaran Maku, said the
development of a surveillance aircraft
by the Nigerian Air Force was a bold
statement of government’s resolve to
provide security for the Nigerian populace.
Mr. Maku, who is the Minister of
Information, said that the GULMA UAV
would potentially afford the armed
forces a window of immense
opportunities in its task of acquiring
timely intelligence and combating criminality.
“Although the UAV was a brainchild of
the Nigerian Air Force, it is important
that other services and security
agencies incorporate it into their
operations, if its potential is to be fully harnessed. “There is therefore, the need for a comprehensive policy on UAV acquisition and operation to optimise the employment of GULMA UAV by all services and security agencies,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, had said that the
GULMA was designed to meet vast
expectations and needs. Mr. Badeh said that the GULMA could be employed by the armed forces and
security agencies for the protection of
He explained that the air force
envisaged partnership with agencies
such as NEMA and the Nigeria Air Space Management Agency for weather forecasting. “Furthermore, the GULMA, as a qualitative, timely and reliable source of information could serve as a powerful tool for media practitioners. “
To sustain the current tempo of
development, the NAF would require
the assistance of government in
infrastructure and human capacity
development,” the Air chief said.