FRESHLY COMPLETED HANGAR AT THE BENIN AIRBASE OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE’S 81 AMG (WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)

Yet another new hangar. What are we expecting?

Yet another new hangar. What are we expecting?

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19 Responses to FRESHLY COMPLETED HANGAR AT THE BENIN AIRBASE OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE’S 81 AMG (WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)

  1. Akin Oges says:

    Certainly too low for the Alenia ATR 42 MPA Surveyors. What could have the strength and endurance to operate from Benin? You can slice the thick anticipation with a razor.

  2. Last time I was in Benin (December 2013), I saw the hanger though not fully completed then. On the height of the hanger, I think its pretty high cos one can see the hanger even from the main road (airport road) that leads to the NAF base

  3. igbi says:

    Just one point of correction, the name is “Benin City” and it has been so for more than 300 years. By the way there is a growing number of people confusing Benin City with Benin Republic which used to be called Dahomey and derived its new name (starting from the 70s ) from Benin City.
    Military wise, it is funny to notice that Before the Benin Kingdom was defeated by the British, it could raise an army of more than 300 000 men in ten days and it controlled a vast empire. To me this hangar is a reminder of the military past of the city. I just hope it goes in pair with new high tech air defense and the best fighter jets we can imagine. Kudos to the air force.

  4. jimmy says:

    This based on the height / width configuration looks like the hanger for a helicopter.

  5. doziex says:

    NO TRANSPARENCY EQUALS NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

    Maybe at some point, money was allotted for some badly needed aircraft.

    Then maybe, the money was stolen, then squandered.

    Or perhaps the money was diverted for more pressing military needs.

    Our elected officials and our military believe that they owe Nigerians no transparency.

    Well that’s the origin of all our problems.

    Last I checked, in a democracy, the people are the BOSS. You know, government of the people, FOR the people, BY the people.

    The politicians are elected to MANAGE the people’s affairs.

    And the military owes it’s allegiance to this elected order.

    Information is to democracy, as water is to life.

    A DEMOCRACY PRESUPPOSES THAT ONE HAS AN INFORMED ELECTORATE.

    The secrecy in our military affairs, has now become pointless, and counter productive.

    IT serves corruption and incompetence.

  6. gbash10 says:

    The front view of that hangar is similar to the one used by the F-7 in Makurdi.

  7. drag_on says:

    Oga rka, this must be thread on Nairaland where the NAF guy says we should expect su27s?
    http://www.nairaland.com/1386870/african-militaries-security-services-strictly/21

  8. rka says:

    True, but he was not sure because it was hearsay from an officer and not directly from the source.

  9. Yagazie says:

    Oga Doziex, I totally agree with you.

    Look at the practices in other countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, India or even South Africa. The Govt publicly states that they intend to acquire some new hardware (for instance fighter aircraft ) and state the number required as well as the technical parameters (i.e. technical details of what the aircraft is expected to do etc), expressions of intrest are then invited from manufacturers, each of the aircraft put forwarded by the bidder is then put through its paces to check against the required technical parameters, the terms of sale (including any off-sets) are then considered and thereafter a winning bid is PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED, – this process may take up to 2 -3 years but it is transparent .

    In our own case, everything is done secretly most times through ‘middle men’ who are then paid uncessary ‘commissions’ – resulting in contract inflations. This secretive practice also provides an avenue for corrupt politicians, defence /millitary officials to get ‘kick-backs’ – and then suddenly the Nigerian Public is presented with a ‘fait-acompli’ in the form of some millitary equipment that has been purchased through such nebulous channels.

    That is how we ended up with the likes of the Jaguar Jets (purchased without guided munitions), the Chengdu F-7N, the Isreali ‘orbit/telestar ‘ arial and naval drones (which don’t work) etc and a host of other defence equipment that we know nothing about. The millitary as well as the nigerian public is thus short-changed and we are not even sure that we have actually gotten value for money.

    This quest for secrecy even continues to the ridiculous extent that foreign suppliers which by their countries laws are bound to disclose the destination country of the arms purchased put out statements like the equipment in question is being purchased by ‘an unamed west african country’ – euphemism for Naija.

    Whilst I accept that there will be instances where secrecy will be required in the overall national interest, surely this should’nt extend to mundane purchase like fighter or transport aircraft, helicopters, naval vessels or tanks/armoured vehicles and the attendant munitions for such platforms?

    In this digital age of the internet and 24 hour news cycles, nothing stays hidden under the sun for long and the sooner our Govt realises this and stops this charade – the better our country will be for it.

    • Are James says:

      In the UK and Canada, the acquisition of new combat jets is so in the open that the various options are debated in parliament and the reports make newspaper headlines. Nigeria is not nearly as strategic as these two countries and the stakes not so great.
      So what is all the hocus pocus about if not corruption.

  10. Tope says:

    Oga Yagazie,

    Thanks for this statement its high time our Defence Industry begins to open up.

    Look at the USA if not for Snowden who would have known about Project Eagle? Yet every one knew they acquired powerful specific Designed Cryptographic Softwares and Powerful Servers and AI’s such were alluded over Look at the USA if not for Snowden who would have known about Project Eagle? Yet every one knew they acquired powerful specific Designed Cryptographic Softwares and Powerful Servers and AI’s such were alluded over Look at the USA if not for Snowden who would have known about Project Eagle? Yet every one knew they acquired powerful specific Designed Cryptographic Softwares and Powerful Servers and AI’s such were alluded over Look at the USA if not for Snowden who would have known about Project Eagle? Yet every one knew they acquired powerful specific Designed Cryptographic Softwares and Powerful Servers and AI’s such were alluded over years.

    The USA publicly tells u dey r Developing Newer platforms if u go on youtube u will see latest Projects by DARPA including an Iron Man Suit like Battle Armour Project but wat u will not hear is da Make type or even design they leave dat to our imaginations and wen people suggest they use that to incorporate into further designs.

    On that Link Rka sent u can see how da SA chaps wia busy “insulting” us because they can clearly tell you How many Fighter Jets they have at one time but here in Nigeria, if you just ask a small question and ure nt a Press Official ur looked at with Suspicion! Such practices must stop and if Younger Generals cannot do that den no one Can!

    The Army Public Relation Office and Defence information Office need to begi

  11. Augustine says:

    Oga Yagazie, I see your point. Just yesterday I was thinking of the military having a sort of PCRC like the police which allows the public to talk to the police service and make suggestions.

    This is democracy, our military should grow beyond 100% over-lordship and buying weapons to dump on us, who dies when a Shilka fails or an F-7 is shot down BVR ?

    The military dies first, we civilians too go die follow, because the enemy will break through our weak defences to unleash firepower on our heads.

    I have a right to say in a democracy, hey chief of staff, dont defend me with that kind of weapon you want to buy, I dont feel safe !

    Uganda and Ethiopia just bought thousands of new ATGM and SAM in 2013.

    I dont want to die o !

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