The powerful Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, a potent 4.5G proposition which is somewhat constrained by a combat radius adjudged to be inadequate for requirements
Majestic in concept and delivery, the Sukhoi Su-27/30 remains our top pick for a deep strike, air superiority jet which is to cover our pretty expansive airspace and defend Nigeria’s interest well beyond a thousand kilometres from our borders without refueling. Overwhelmingly favoured by savvy Nigerians online.
JF-17 Thunder Block II – our top pick for a well-armed multirole, second tier jet. Her open architecture and formidable panoply of armaments makes the jet nearly irresistible.
20 February, 2015
Assuming that we are in tune with the performance specifics of these jets, let me go straight to the point.
The Su-34 Fullback is stern and a solid 4.5G jet BUT the combat radius is not all that. In my book, any jet acquired for ‘strategic intervention’ by the NAF should be able to do a 2,000-mile return flight into the sub-region/the Sahelian/Saharan lands from our flanks namely LAG, SOK, CAL and MDGR.
Even inside this country, a Seme-Abadam-Seme return flight will log up a full 2,000 miles. We have had enough of low aspirations. That is why all this suffering and ridicule. At a time, someone was tactless enough to pace our NAF using Chad and Cameroon as parameters. Well, it shows you how low are aspirations are that Chad have now gone on to acquire MiG 29s. This nonsense has to stop forever. It has gone beyond the pale and is no more a joke in any way whatsoever. We do not need to have our sensibilities affronted anymore.
If the NAF plan to acquire 40 JF17 jets, that plan, utilising the same financial outlay, should be revised to read as follows
* 24 units of new JF17 multirole jets
* 9 units of pre-owned Su-30 air superiority/deep strike jets
* 3 units of pre-owned Su-30 trainer variants.
When the NAF is meaningfully poised for national defence, it should look like this
LAG – three JF17 Block II multirole jets
MDGR – two Su-30 jets, three JF17 Block II jets and two F7 AirGuard
CAL – two Su-30 jets, two JF 17 Block II jets and two F7 AirGuard
SOK – two Su-30 jets, two JF17 jets and two F7 AirGuard
MKD – three Su-30 jets and four JF-17 Block II jets
ABJ – two JF-17 Block II jets and two F7 AirGuard
ENU – two JF-17 Block II jets
PHC – two F7 AirGuard
KN – two JF 17 Block II jets
YOL – two JF-17 Block II jets
KNJ – two JF-17 Block II jets
That is what I call a meaningfully and strategically poised airforce.