For the benefit of the curious, “PICOMSS” stands for Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security.

Here is how Nigeria quietly inducted the surveillance plane pictured above



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  1. beegeagle says:

    This surveillance plane was acquired by PICOMSS in 2010 and crewed by the NAF’s 81 Air Maritime Group, alongside smaller Diamond DA42 MPP surveillance assets until their transfer, following the dissolution of PICOMSS, to the NAF in 2012. Almost certainly, she is the missing link in the array of Beechcraft planes…the elusive “NAF 201”

    So, it is clear to me that the NAF own a minimum of four Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ISTAR planes, possibly five of them…if the unit in the video seen below does not carry the dome in the belly seen on this unit pictured above. Ahead of those, we have two Alenia ATR 42-500 Surveyor planes which are ELINT/MPA assets. At the bottom of the pile is a pair or triad (will confirm that in due course) of small DA 42MPP piston-engined surveillance planes.

    Take a look at this other Beechcraft in the video. If it does not carry that pod in the belly, that would be Beechcraft ISR asset no. 5.

  2. Are James says:

    It is very clear that we have ongoing ISR capability that is fit for purpose to handle this insurgency. The Beechcraft aircrafts without the camera domes below have prominent antennas on top for COMMINT. Thinking about it now I suspect we only called on the US and UK for help in this area in some display of African wisdom and to fulfill all righteousness that we did. Also the move was probably to buy political time and reduce the level of global criticism on account of the girls.
    Some questions: Are our combined ISTAR assets integrated and collaborative? , How strong are we in interpretation of the intelligence we gather if there is no real time analytical ability?, how does it tie in to existing C3 architecture?.These will become clear in the coming months what is clear is that the NAF will not be the same again in terms of national expectations, targets and capabilities after this year.

    • smartboy2000 says:

      My Lord CyberGeneral Are James, you have just asked the million dollar questions above. Time is the only thing that would tell if the Nigerian Airforce and Nigerian Army systems are integrated for this Asymmetric Warfare. God Bless Nigeria.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, bros. I was coming to that. The antennae near the tail fins of the three new Beechcraft 350s are also another giveaway.

  4. Augustine says:

    AOk says:
    August 2, 2014 at 7:26 am

    @Chief Augustine,
    Beg to disagree, that pod beneath the 350 is a baggage pod.


    Oga mi AOk, I know wetin I dey talk o, if I no know am, I go keep quiet sidon dey look.

    Cessna and Pilatus have the baggage pod you are talking about, but Beechcraft 350 has NO baggage pod even on the 350i model, so how will a dedicated 350ER model be carrying baggage pod where radar is said to be?

    See specs comparison, manufacturer says NO baggage pod on Beechcraft 350


    “With over 120 delivered wprldwide to date, the King Air 350ER has shown itself to be a jack of all trades.With due respect to the Pilatus PC-12, the King Air is the Swiss Army knife of ­turboprops and the 350ER may well be the sharpest blade on the market today.”


    ” Beechcraft accomplished a generous clearance with flat tire and flat main landing gear strut under the King Air 350ER’s belly radome. The radome itself was designed to minimize aerodynamic drag while the camera fairing at its rear provides minimum resistance when retracted, yet it allows maximum camera viewable area when extended (photo: Luis Quintana A.).”


    Iraqi air force is buys 10 units of Beechcraft 350 ER and will use them against Insurgents, adding weapons to the ISTAR equipment.

    “According to an article external link in the Long War Journal, Iraq’s King Airs will join their AC-208B Cessna Combat Caravans by adding 2 wing hardpoints for Hellfire laser-guided missiles or DAGR laser-guided rocket pods. This armament would be comparable to the USAF’s MQ-1 Predator UAVs.”



    Here is another photo of the Nigerian Beechcraft 350 ER showing big under belly radar from the front/side

    My brother you go buy me free peppersoup and goat meat for this extra work you are making me to write, this na weekend oga AOk buy me free lunch o ! Cheers !

  5. gbash10 says:

    Fellow CyberGenerals, it seems the story about BH being resupply by choppers in the NE is true! The Boys got Intel about a chopper that landed in the Hot-Zone and they responded swiftly and engaged the enemy in a heavy firefight, such that the enemy could not carry their supply of foodstuff. The chopper flew away with thick smoke coming out the side of the engine, boots on the ground over.

    • Are James says:

      We heard this before, analysed it, discussed the implications and tried to ‘divine’ the source of the flights …they called us conspiracy theorists. Truth trumped by lack of facts. The NA has been hoarding information out of a sense of responsibility, not to cause panic but when ‘initiated’ analysts refuse to apply all their faculties and go into denial out of some intellectual pretension (..and posing) then it is very sad.

      • asorockweb says:

        “Truth trumped by lack of facts” ?

        How can one ascertain truth without facts?

        And what’s the rush in converting rumours to truths anyway?

      • AreJames says:

        We do it every time in the real world. It is called risk management. Investigate the story, overfly the sites then put a probability and consequence factor to the possibility.. If the consequence is high, do something immediately even if the story has low probability.
        The strategic effect of air supplies is that sealing of border posts alone will not work and also challenges existing theories about the BH support network.

  6. giles says:

    kudos to our gallant troops

    • cutievik says:

      Kudos indeed to the boys on ground,how I wish,only how I do wish the chopper was intercept by the airforce… This mystery would have been solved.

      • AreJames says:

        The CAS has questioned the credibility of the story many times saying there is full air defence coverage of the NE. He never considered the possibility of low flying planes defeating the system.

  7. drag_on says:

    Jonathan pointed out that his government would achieve more development goals without the menace of terrorism, hence his commitment to ensuring that Boko Haram does not succeed with its criminality.

    His words: “There are certain things we should have done as a government, but because of the situation in the country, we have not been able to do much of them.

    “The kind of embarrassment we are receiving now will never continue in this country.

    “We want to build a very strong army, the Nigeria police and the Navy and the Air Force so that these rascals called Boko Haram will never stop us because we will surely rout Boko Haram. We are very committed. In the next few months no criminals will ever embarrass us again.”


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