This undated photo obtained by BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG way back in September 2014 shows a number of diligent young officers of the Nigerian Air Force posing in front of a Super Puma helicopter. But that is not the news.

In the portion encircled in red, find a minimum of FOUR hitherto unseen unmanned aerial vehicles which my source opined could be unarmed helicopters but which, in the face of a comment attributable to Zachary999 this morning, just might be new Chinese-built M28 drones. If so, LONG LIVE Sino-Nigerian military cooperation. We seek the sternest possible hardware systems for our defence and hope to build sustainable relationships steeped in mutual respect. We are not interested in paper-bound partnerships and endless pontification.

The Nigerian military are modernising at an appreciable pace and on account of this insurgency, shall yet serve humble pie to our voluble and backstabbing international detractors who imagine themselves to be partners. Watch this space then…

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  1. odion777 says:

    This is very good news then, for tactical surveillance and also Ariel attack, this is commendable really.

  2. saleh says:

    good news. 2015 will be cool

  3. giles says:


    dey look abit like our gulma
    tank God for d change of heart of our policy makers

    • Are James says:

      What we can see highlighted in the picture look like unmanned Choppers of as at yet unknown origin. It is also not too difficult to see they have been put into some trials or actually service.
      The COSIC CH-3 on the other hand seems to be a newer acquisition conventional aircraft UAV and I believe we are yet to see actual pictures of this aircraft on ground Nigeria. However any surveillance UAV that can also carry more than 500 pounds in ground attack missiles must be devastating.

      • giles says:

        yes I noted dat .but d only aircraft with dat designation CH-3 is a UAV and not an unmanned helicopter drone

  4. odion777 says:

    Just a thought was the pic taken in China, but sounds far fetched since the training can also be done on Nigeria airspace, if so then they are ours.

  5. Are James says:

    What we are missing is the commendable fact that Super Puma choppers are being recommissioned and put back into service.

  6. beegeagle says:

    In 1997, a number of Super Puma helos were put into storage whilst they were still less than 8 years old. In March 2012, two units of those (NAF 565 and NAF 567) were reinducted after being refurbished and upgraded by Eurocopter Romania. At the time, indications were that a further two units would be put through the same motions.

    The unit pictured above is NAF 565. The rest adds up.

  7. buchi says:

    wonderful 500 pounds in ordinances with 12 hr loitertime ….comprendi total over range.. we are getting somewhere

  8. buchi says:

    CH-3 is a fixed wing UCAV of the Rainbow series. CH-3 adopts a usual layout in that it appears to be an scaled downed version of Jetcruzer 450, so CH-3 lacks centrally located vertical tail, but has large winglets and canards. Propulsion is provided by a three-blade propeller driven by a pusher engine mounted on empennage. The main landing wheels of the tricycle landing gear has fairing to reduce drag.[6] Specification:[6] [6]

    Wingspan (m): 8
    Range (km): 2400
    Endurance (h): 12
    Payload (kg): 60 – 80

    • Are James says:

      That range ain’t happening with weapons loaded. We don’t even need that range anyway. The theatre is just a few LGAs in two states. How many did we buy, and information on that?

      • jimmy says:

        The loaded question ( pun intended) is did they come loaded ( i.e armed or unarmed)
        Nonetheless this honestly is a game changer. i have often said that in times of trouble you will know who your friends are.

    • giles says:

      tanx for d pix .I said it was a UAV ,maybe does choppers are d mi 34 or anyother craft

  9. alade says:

    something real gud is happening in d army, just sighted 4 fully loaded containers heavily guarded wit soldiers heading towards Oshodi from Sango…

    • jimmy says:

      Happy new year and much respect for your comments, but next time either delete the location / State or send that information directly to oga beegs , Please JO MO BENI do not post that kind of info.

    • Are James says:

      Follow them closely, when they get to the destination request to take pictures it is your right as a citizen.

  10. alade says:

    roger that…

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Alade. I respect your hustle sir.
      hehehehehehehehehe, no mind Oga Are James ohh, lololololo, hin wan put you for trouble 🙂 although he is correct, its your right to take pictures, but request very calmly, i mean, very very calmly, lololololo, goodluck.

  11. jimmy says:

    INTERESTING does anyone see the BRIGADE COMMANDER of the Mubi barracks in these list of names.

  12. mcshegz says:

    My Ogas, the drones might as well be the Pakistan developed Burraq UCAV, a purported variant of the CH-3 UAV, based on its height, and its overall oval-type shape. The Burraq UCAV’s were reportedly inducted into service with the Pakistani Army and Air Force in 2013. “Burraq UCAV can carry up to two laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) serving a role much like American MQ-1 Predator UAV and AGM-114 Hellfire. ”
    All in all, glad to see some relatively inexpensive loitering and tracking capabilities been employed; eyes in the sky, 24/7, without necessarily putting pilot lives at risk. Someone was making a statement about supposed drones said to be acquired from other sources years ago; well, all i can think to say is that, listening to the noise and almost calculated smear campaign propagated by their bullhorns, all directed against Nigeria as relating to the operation and maintenance of those aerial vehicles, one can deduce a setup; the arrangement was made to fail, so as to score cheap reference points; note one of the excuses given by a said supplier of arms against delivering equipment to Nigeria was inability to maintain said equipment, citing this particular wretched deal. Total control was intentionally deprived of the customer, and operational costs were just to high, obviously banking on the phantom superior technology mantra. Well, we’ve learnt our lessons, we will always be held to ransom by a businessman seeking to maximize profit knowing our exigencies; that party could be anyone, north, east, west, or south. At this point in time, its not just only about how much fancy, expensive gear we get, neither is it just about how much money we budget, what i think matters most of all is the relative operational cost, reliability, and repairability of all our assets, if it cannot be maintained, repaired, and completely overhauled in-country, we are at risk. #VictoryForNigeria. #MakeInNigeria.

    • Are James says:


    • Are James says:

      I think you are probably right looking at these pictures and comparing with Beegs initial post. They suddenly look more like fixed wing UCAVs than unmanned choppers. Kudos to your power of deduction and observation. Maybe you should be working in the NSA analysing satellite photos.

      • sabatino9 says:

        Oga Are James, I don’t think its the Burraq because of the appearance of a folded blade at the top and the shape of its gyro-stabilized camera. Looking more like different variant of the Chinese M28 which look more spherical compared to the Burraq UCAV

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga sabatino9. I respect your hustle sir.
        Dead on. Tuale oga, ya head dey dier, your powers of deduction have proved unassilable, ike Oga Are James said “Maybe you should be working in the NSA analysing satellite photos.” Akwaaba

  13. pappy says:

    woow ,i also saw them this evening around 6:35pm entering Ibadan from Abeakuta axis .the hilux escorts were painted in desert camo (second time i am seeing such desert camo colour hilux in Ibadan).

  14. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, let us be circumspect with the precise detailing of incoming hardware movements. They are liable to getting ambushed. ALWAYS leave out the “coming from” and “heading to”. REMEMBER when a Mali-bound military convoy was ambushed at Okene? You imagine that BH sympathisers do not follow this blog as well?

    When I got wind of the unloading of Spartan Mk.3s in Dec 2013ï I was aware that it was ABUJA but vaguely said “somewhere outside southern Nigeria”. Ditto when ELINT planes were flying into MKD from Benin preparatory to the Mali mission. Sometimes, stating the specifics can have deadly consequences. Lock in the details sometimes or reach me privately.

  15. beegeagle says:

    Nice try, MCSHEGZ, but after careful examination, it appears that it is not the BURRAQ. Infact, a prospective member who shall soon get ushered in has broken the deadlock. It is a Chinese-built machine for sure. God bless China for the consequential empowerment.

    Some others would have either vetoed the sale or declared that it is beyond our capabilities. In their false-hearted sanctimony, only stripped down stuff is good enough for Nigeria.

  16. beegeagle says:

    GBOSA…Sabatino9. What a way to become a commenting member of BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG.

    I would say I am 90% SURE that it is the M28 and am changing the thread title right away.

    Welcome, bro.

  17. Bharat says:

    Rotatory UAV, for Naval Ship operation or Artillery positioning and target acquisition purpose?

  18. beegeagle says:

    Perspectives…could fathomably do all of that.

  19. xnur44 says:

    You’re truly welcome Sabatino9!

  20. asorockweb says:

    The decision to acquire rotatory UAVs must have been part of the Army’s FOB strategy. But with the fall of Gwoza and the cascading collapse of Army positions that followed, one has to say that the FOB strategy is now truly dead and buried.

    The then outgoing head of the Army mentioned that acquisition of UAVs about a year ago. And one of our bloggers (Doziex) also reported on Chinese UAVs being on the field in the North east (that was about 8months ago.)

    The UAVs are in Nigeria, but there’s a general perception that our remaining FOBs are too vulnerable.

    Also, the support and personnel structures required to keep these crafts operational for any length of time have not been setup yet.

    The rotatory UAVs are a different acquisition from the mentioned acquisition of CH-3 UAVs. The CH-3 acquisition being more recent. The UAVs pictured behind the super-puma are rotatory.

    Overall, the sightings show that there is some understanding of the issues and that efforts are being made to address the issues.

  21. beegeagle says:

    That is good to know. It could be that following on the heels of the acquisition of these M28 UAVs, Nigeria have lately taken delivery of CH-3 UACVs.

    Hopefully, my wingmen are able to access photos and we can bring same to the notice of a watching world..the Uragan and Smerch MRLS, modernised BMP-2 IFVs and CH-3 drones.

    Now we know who our true partners are turning out to be based solely on how stern the options they offer are.

  22. doziex says:

    Oga asorockweb, thanks for acknowledging my small contribution.

    Oga beegeagle, Onye ije nno.

    I thought this blog and our growing community was dunzo. Kaput.

    Glad you are a resilient. Chap.

    I was. Courting. Some young. Officers in NAF, and the signals. To join this blog, and provide some non classified tid bits for NA’s benefit.
    Anyway, they were paranoid
    about my intent.
    One of the few tidbits I got out of them, was that NAF had just bought drones from china.

    • jimmy says:

      You know wehave all been shouting your name since the s—t. Hit the fan we all wanted to give your due. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

    • asorockweb says:

      You are welcome.

      When you mentioned it months ago, it was like a bolt out of the blue.

      Now we can see a picture of them in an airbase in Naija.

  23. Buchi says:

    Oga beegz. I spotted ur bolded statement abt the uragun nd smerch mrls acqucition. Nd it confirms the sighting by a friend of mine.in adamawa whch i raised up in the t 72av thread.hw ever both mlrs have a combined tube size of 38 whle my friend stil incists that he saw a 6 tubed mlrs.he added dat on tuesday he spotted anoda one driving 2wards hong lga from yola a bigger one.his attempt 2 get a pic of it was aborted by stern looking troopers.any idea which 6 tube mlrs it could be

  24. Buchi says:

    I have a hunch it could be a 9a52-4 tornado mlrs.the bigger he saw mvng 2wards hong fit the uragun description

  25. peccavi says:

    Excellent news.
    Hopefully this ISR capability is already operational.
    Can I echo Oga Beegs comments and respectfully ask that movements of military personnel or equipment is not publicised. A better option would be to email Oga Beeg directly rather than publicising it, although this info is useful to myself and other analysts it is also very very useful to the enemy.

    • asorockweb says:

      One can guess which town will be the first recipient of mass artillery fire by the NA on Nigerian soil since the civil war – hopefully it will be limited to the outskirts of town.

  26. Roy says:

    Oga beegeagle welcome back, tempted to ask what happened. But you were really missed.

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