Nigeria : US exporting arms to Nigeria despite ‘ban’

14 AUGUST 2015

Despite a much touted “ban” allegedly preventing the United States from exporting arms to the Nigerian forces,Pentagon records show the US Army is sending military equipment, including armoured vehicles and ambulances, to Nigeria, which has been embroiled in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.

By Michel Arseneault

President Muhammudu Buhari complained last month that the US had “aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists” by refusing to send arms to Nigeria forces on the grounds of “unproven allegations of human rights violations levelled”.

In a speech before the US Institute of Peace, he blamed a “blanket application” of Leahy Laws, legislation introduced by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy to prohibit US public funds from being given to foreign military units involved in gross human rights violations.

But Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) records show the Department of Defense is nonetheless set to transfer military material to Nigeria.

A DSCA list of so-called Excess Defense Articles slated for Nigeria indicates the US Army is about to transfer Caiman trucks, armoured vehicles designed “to defeat current and emerging threats,”
according to their manufacturer, British- based BAE Systems.

The US Army is also sending armoured vehicles known as MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected),made by Navistar Defense, an Illinois company, and Israeli-based Plasan Sasa. It is unclear which Nigerian military units will receive the equipment, but the State Department has confirmed that deliveries are pending.

“These articles have not been exported yet but are in the process,” said a State Department official in a response to an email query. “We don’t have a date on the export yet.”

Recipients could include a number of units untarnished by allegations of gross rights violations that continue to benefit from US military aid.“US security assistance to Nigeria hasn’t been suspended,” explained Lauren Ploch Blanchard, a specialist in African Affairs at the Congressional Research Service in an interview from Washington. “The US has also cleared so-called ‘clean’ units.”

Troops involved in the war on Boko Haram (also known as the Islamic State in West Africa) have failed to be “vetted” or approved because of allegations of rights abuses, including summary executions of prisoners and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, since the war on the Islamist insurgency began in 2004.

Nigeria has also been reproached by the US and well-respected international rights groups for doing little about it. It is unclear if the Nigerian president knew the extent of US military assistance to his country when he lashed out at the US in July.

Relations between the two countries have at times been strained. Last year Nigeria scrapped a plan to have the US military train a Nigerian battalion to confront the extremists in the northeast. The cancellation was seen as an indication of Nigeria’s displeasure at the US lack of engagement in counter-terrorism operations but also the US decision to stop buying Nigerian crude oil – a decision that aggravated the impact of falling oil prices in a country that exports virtually nothing else.

In July Buhari’s remarks in Washington prompted Sen. Patrick Leahy to issue a curt statement denouncing his “misdirected criticism.” “Rather than suggest that the United States is at fault for not funding murderers and rapists in the Nigerian military, he should face up to his own responsibility to effectively counter Boko Haram,” Leahy said. “He should direct his attention to the Nigerian military, and the Nigerian courts, and clean up the units implicated in such atrocities.”

The Leahy laws, however, do not prohibit the sale of weapons to Nigeria and at least one privately held US company has flown two light combat jets previously owned by the German air force to Nigeria. Air USA Inc, which describes itself as a “leader in military combat readiness training”, flew the Alpha Jets made by Dassault Aviation of France and Dornier of Germany, according to a report in Air Forces Daily.

They will probably be used in the northeast where the Nigerian Air Force is deploying additional combat aircraft in a counter-insurgency operation called Operation Lafiya Dole.

Political analysts are still speculating about what led Buhari to criticise his American ally. “Politicians are not really aware about the facts — in Nigeria as elsewhere,” said Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) researcher Pieter Wezeman. “He [Buhari] may also have chosen to find a scapegoat to deflect attention from the real issue — the real issue is the incompetence of the military in Nigeria to deal with Boko Haram.”

Other countries have been supplying arms to Nigeria. “They can get what they want and they are,” noted Wezeman. “It’s a buyer’s arms market out there. A country like Nigeria can — and does — get weapons from countries ranging from China to Brazil, Israel to Russia and from Poland to France.”

Tensions between Nigeria and the US came as Buhari announced plans to set up a “modest military industrial complex” to make sophisticated weaponry, resuscitating Nigeria’s arms industry.

Some analysts are doubtful that Nigeria,keen to diminish its reliance on foreign suppliers, stands to gain. “Corruption and other management issues make it highly unlikely that Nigeria will succeed to build a useful industry that can produce ‘sophisticated’ weapons in the near future,” Wezeman said. “To think that such an industry can defeat Boko Haram doesn’t make sense.”


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  1. eyimola says:

    As has been stated here over and over, the Leahy law doesn’t ban arms from being sold to Nigeria. Its just some categories of weapons, and in reality this are not the sort of Kit Nigeria should be purchasing from the West. In an ideal world, the country will seize this opportunity and walk away from the United states especially since their upcoming election is more than likely going to produce a President hostile to the African continent

  2. America does as she pleases……..reasons……because she can. the insinuations about the building of a defense industry painful as they are are not entirely of the mark when you consider our antecedents. However possibilities abound in NIgeria, so its possible if we get our act right to build a sustainable defence industry. if the equipment stated is really in the pipeline then they should jolly well toss in a few tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

  3. Are James says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but weren’t the arms we were hoping for fast moving things (shaped like birds) with engines, that fly in air, sometimes noisy sometimes not…?

    • Lolll!!! I believe you are correct, except my memory fails me

    • buchi says:

      thank you very much brother ,you joggled, my memory pretty well….i looked around pretty i didn’t see a 19,200kg weighted Cylindrical monster with a 43 l by 33 wingspan view on any of my View ports.
      looking at the heading and the content of this report, i have one word for it total JUnk.
      we had better get over our hallucinations and get our thinking and acting Caps in full gear. and on our head.
      MRAPs when we are still battling for standardization and they are placing Mraps like Midas gold on the pages of paper.

      delivery date,,in the fullness of time..
      just cant help laughing,we better take a work from this and serve a good thank you to this dudes

      • emereuwa says:

        Dear Sir, I sincerely hope those guys are not mocking us!
        Those Sand cats abi Sand rats look like what they used in the 90’s movie “Equalizer 2000”

        I am livid.

      • Are James says:

        “Equaliser 2000”. LOL.
        I remember that movie and yes it does appear that they are mocking us. Not to worry, Nigeria is one of the countries God made to shock the west. The others are countries like, India, Iran and even their on/off friend Israel. Hidden capabilities abound.

    • Are James says:

      It does not escape attention that what is on offer here we are already getting from S.Africa, China , our own Proforce and soon from a visionary family who own Mekahog.
      What we need is aircraft to smoke out Boko and secure the region.

    • emereuwa says:

      Oga Are James

      You took the words right out of my mouth abi my fingers.

  4. jimmy says:

    Nigeria ALREADY has the infrastructure on the GROUND for it to build it’s own DEFENCE infrastructure
    This something that the US govt already knows
    Pieter Wezeman as respectable as a person as you are
    Part of Nigeria’s military Industrial complex Includes PROFORCE
    Proforce now exports APC to the UN
    DICON in collaboration with an ISRAELI firm Manufactures bullet proof vests in Nigeria
    The Nigerian Army has the Detailed 3D plans of an APC called the IGIRIGI and 25 + are in service as we speak.
    The Nigerian Navy has built several Tug boats and is in the process of COMPLETING it’s second ARMED Naval warship.
    The Nigerian Airforce is on it’s Third Generation Drone Amebo I, II, and III
    Corruption has nothing to do with it
    The F-35 in the US has just been certified for service by the US marines after several years of $b in overruns corruption was never mentioned
    The French Rafale is overpriced with very few buyers no one is talking corruption.
    Lastly to some of my fellow bloggers:
    *This is important to understand : The US has supplied Nigeria with Military Grade Intel that has lead to the Death and destruction of bh personnel.
    ** Nigeria has many sources to buy weapons from the US, CANADA AND FRANCE IT IS NOT ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS IT IS ABOUT the money start with a $b
    *** Nothing has stopped Nigeria from buying weapons from Russia and China – except Nigerians

  5. jimmy says:

    oga eyimola
    In reality we do need some of the equipment
    Nigeria soldiers died recapturing Bama and Baga due to IEDs
    Nigerian soldiers should be transported in MRAPS NOT HILUX vehicles
    The reality is that other country sell the same type of Equipment case in point the big foot ( CHINA) nobody is stopping Nigeria from buying more except Nigerians, The continued manufacture of the igirigi has nothing to do with anybody except Nigerians
    I am not arguing with you but the Idea of this Embargo is getting very silly.
    S’AFRICA will sell us as many REVAS as we want heck they will even sweeten the deal,
    My point is this there are many places Nigeria can and is already going to buy her weapons including 4th GEN planes if they are REALLY serious.

    • eyimola says:

      I completely agree with your points, and dont feel I was suggesting that we don’t need the kit, I just don’t understand this obsession with Western weaponry

  6. jimmy says:

    * Other Countries*
    Excuse the typos

  7. Oje says:

    We should stop outsourcing blame, we should stop giving excuses for incompetence, and we should start being transparent with security capital expenditure and accountability. This is the one area President Buhari will excel in. Oil prices are in a 6 year low, yet the Nigerian external reserve has risen by almost $1.2 billion within 6 months to $45 billion. Nigeria has the resources to buy ballistic missile submarines if she wanted to( ok maybe not that extreme). Nothing in the U.S arsenal is useful to the Nigerian military and its operational terrain. The one thing that could ever be useful are perhaps its Armored Truck’s but we already have a ton of those already/ IMO i dont think our DOD should buy a machine so technologically complex American pilots train for 2 years before they can fly it. This Leahy law is being blown out of proportion by the government to cover for their criminality and embezzlement of states funds.

  8. gbash10 says:

    The former NSA,Sambo Dasuki had the Golden opportunity to buy 4th generation fighter jets and other high tech weapons for Nigeria but the lack of patriotism in him ……
    Though he bought some armed drones for us,I’ll thank him on that,but he could have done more……!

    • Are James says:

      Consensus of opinion on Beegeagle blog was that even the SU25/Puma Chopper procurement idea was not a bad interim solution if it had been coming at a quarter of the quoted price. Nigerians need to love this entity defined by the real estate called “Nigeria”, we have no other thing really and we are beginning to disappoint big time … history is recording everything.

  9. . “Corruption and other management issues make it highly unlikely that Nigeria will succeed to build a useful industry that can produce ‘sophisticated’
    weapons in the near future,” Wezeman said. “To think that such an industry can defeat Boko Haram doesn’t make sense.”

    This statemenf from WEZEMAN is just so wrong yet I blame Nigerians who go telling the world “NIGERIA is the most corrupt nation” as led by our PRESIDENT himself.

  10. My Ogas, we have said it all, the only reason we dont hv 4G+ birds is that this is Nigeria. Its mind Boggling that with a raging insurgency and a Billion Dollar war chest we still couldnt buy right. If we were not Nigerians would we take Nigeria serious in the circumstance? Its horrible that even when we want to buy bullets we go through Middle men. Haba! Nigeria I hail thee………better days ahead I pray

  11. mcshegz says:

    According to the dictionary, definition of ARMS:
    weapons and ammunition; armaments.
    “they were subjugated by force of arms”
    synonyms: weapons, weaponry, firearms, guns, ordnance, artillery, armaments, munitions.

    How for the life of me vehicles and carriers though armored protected can be considered arms is baffling, laughable and outright malicious. Americans will do and say anything to save face and protect their interests, nothing wrong with that, its their country, its their right.
    But to blatantly try to meander, confuse and wiggle its way back into Nigeria’s good books by providing mere trucks is just not going to cut it. Nigeria will not forget that when she needed an ally to fight an existential threat, what she got in America was a confused, lackadaisical, doom-saying, distant Sister-In-Law for whom the housewife’s stew was never good enough.
    Nigeria will continue to develop its military industry.
    Nigeria will continue to polish its image using its enviable soft-power
    Nigeria will continue to develop in all facets with or without America’s help, so they had better get on-board for real this time and stop this two-faced game

    “Some analysts are doubtful that Nigeria,keen to diminish its reliance on foreign suppliers, stands to gain. “Corruption and other management issues make it highly unlikely that Nigeria will succeed to build a useful industry that can produce ‘sophisticated’ weapons in the near future,” Wezeman said. “To think that such an industry can defeat Boko Haram doesn’t make sense.””


  12. Look I really don’t understand, we were part of people clamouring that if USA is going to give anything then it should be Excess Defense Articles,Beegeagle even said Humvees used in Iraq n co nw we are being Given MRAPS and Miitary Grade Intel plus in past they even gave us 2 Upgraded Alpha Jets wit PGM and Communication Gear. Apart from China who gave us Drones and Bigfoot MRAPS our Major Weapons hv been from East, Mind you the Bigfoot MRAPS have saved Soldiers’ Lives.

    Instead of all this US bashing that is leading to nowhere our Focus shoulld be how we End or Decimate BH using ANY Weapon presented to us as well as Asking the FG to submit a Country-to Country Request for Arms from any Source be it West or East as we grow home grown Weapons.

    We bash USA yet they have been Consistent in providing us Weapons unlike others from the West frankly it’s becoming Annoying, if they don’t want to sell we cannot force them to and if they decide to give us trickles let them, frankly we should just be in an indifferent position here. One MRAP will save 12 Soldiers lives I would take it and thank them, if it’s nt so important let’s build ours and buy then.

    Have a Nice day.

    • CHYDE says:

      Sorry but can you pls name the weapons they gave Nigeria, I am a bit in the dark. Thank you

    • emereuwa says:

      I beg your pardon sir!
      Can you please shed more light on this …”yet they have been Consistent in providing us Weapons unlike others from the West”…

      Am completely confused.

  13. jimmy says:
    I wanted to mention this because there is a trend going on and before I continue let me disclose I am a Christain form a mixed Muslim/ Christain family.
    Cameroon and Chad have needlessly decided to ban PEOPLE FROM wearing the BURKA ( SP) or the Babariga because in their demented opinion it will stop suicide Bombings, and some people have applauded IT will not and has not stopped the bombings in Chad , Niger or Cameroon.
    even if people practically wore see through clothing
    What will stem the tide:
    Better COLLABORATION between the DSS and Military INTELLIGENCE officers will stop it.When the NO1s get together it sends a powerful message to their surbordinates that they who are required to do the heavy lifting must walk together.

  14. Kay says:

    By the time they finally decide to ‘export’ this hardware to us, the BH crisis would have been long blown over.

  15. Number One says:

    Probably for the proposed brigade at sambisa.

  16. Oje says:

    Why the emphasis on USA USA USA.?America has had any sort of military relationship with Nigeria, economically yes not the former. Even at the golden age of the Nigerian military less than %10 of our countries arsenal was made in US so why on Earth should America’s refusal to sell us arms affect our war effort? Nigeria’s has Russia,China,Ukraine,Poland,Brazil,Singapore and a host of countries to buy weapons from. Between 2014 and now over $15 billion has allotted to the security services, how has it been spent?

    • Are James says:

      NASENI has been the most mis managed government agency in the techno-industrial takeoff aspirations. We need the kind of leadership we had in the Bank of Industry BOI Cerebral leadership that can talk clearly to political office holders and guide them in providing much needed investment in the industrial sector. We are still missing key elements of practical implementation. There is nobody connecting the dots as it were. Presenting prototypes and mockups is good but please do a road map for what we need to do to start making a Nigerian light observation aircraft and start developing the capability .

    • To be honest, this is the first I am hearing of this agency…. wld be nice to see a list of actual items produced along with pictures.

      • ozed says:

        Haba my guy, but them get website naa.

        In any case they are actually not a technology research outfit, they are a coordinating body overseeing the activities of 6-7 engineering research outfits around the Country.
        However, it is true that there is room for them to improve. Though i would refrain from judging them till i see what budget they have been given over the years.

      • Bros, I don go the website……and……not much by way of details and zero by way of hardware pics

      • ozed says:

        Would have been nice to know what the light weapon designs were sha. Trust us with our meaningless secrecy over everything to hide that as well.

      • ozed says:

        Yeah my bro their website is not very user friendly but they coordinate about 8 other engineering biased institutes where most of the achievements and pix are listed. See the sub institutes below:
        The Institutes and their mandates are:

        Scientific Equipment Development Institutes (SEDI) in Enugu and Minna with a mandate to develop and produce scientific equipment and their production systems, and the ceding of these technologies to SMSs.

        Electronic Development Institute (ELDI), Awka with mandate to develop and produce electronic devices and assemblies, computer technologies and their production systems, and the ceding of the technologies to SMEs.

        Hydraulic Equipment Devlopment Institute (HEDI), Kano with a mandate to develop and produce hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, materials, fittings and their production systems, and the ceding of the technologies to SMEs

        Engineering Matrials development Institute (EMDI), Akure with mandate to develop and produce engineering materials and their production systems, and the ceding of the technologies to SMEs.

        National Engineering Design Development Institute (NEDDI), Nnewi with a mandate to develop engineering design capacity in the country and dissemination of same to SMEs with a view to ensuring that Nigerian made products attain standards specifications and make then globally acceptable.

        Power Equipment and Electrical Machines Development (PEEMADI), Okene with a mandate of developing and manufacture of machines to manufacture power equipment and electrical machines.

        Prototype Engineering Development Institute (PEDI), Ilesha with a mandate of developing engineering prototypes and their production systems and teh transfer of these to private sector satellite industries.

        Advanced Manufacturing Technology Project (AMT-P), Jalingo – The development of components, machineries, their production systems and the transfer of these to private sector satellite industries.

        NB some of these do not have active websites, but a few have impressive activities e.g. SEDI Enugu and EMDI Awka etc.

      • ozed says:

        More specifically regarding SEDI in Enugu

        Not rocket science, but nonetheless ground breaking by Nigerian standards and forms a good base that can be motivated and challenged to do more if only we have the moral and political will to do so.

      • Are James says:

        The BOI Chief under the last administration was almost connecting the dots in terms of universities, private companies and research institutes. In one interview he was actually approaching the cause of the problem . Performance management.
        You don’t just put smart scientists and engineers in a few institutions, throw money at them and voila you sit back and wait for a trip to Mars.
        What you do is challenge them, provoke them, irritate them even. Use competition to drive theme to excellence. People work under positive pressure. So some one should be setting targets in a lot of areas. Concrete targets like “Nigeria wants a working prototype of a light aircraft engine by 2018, we also want matured plans for making 80% of the components locally including tooling, moulds, jigs, manpower training and facilities.”. Put a manager in charge and call it a big name, set milestones and provide budget and schedule half yearly review meetings to find out how far they are going. I bet you every year you will harvest something useful to the local economy.

  17. mcshegz says:

    nigerian_armed.forces: Former chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Jibrin accompanied by his lovely wife at his official pulling and sailing out ceremony

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Oga Mcshegz, who are the guys in the small launch boat ( not Nigerians), why so up at a NA ceremony. just wondering

  18. Martin Luther says:

    I remember when all the talk on this blog was soft skin! soft skin!! soft skin!!!

    if you look where the military is coming from then you would appreciate where they are now

    Alot of work still need to be done anyhow

  19. kf says:

    I think somewhere along the line in the rooms where foreign policies are forged and implemented , the US had already given up on Nigeria at the height of the insurgency and were just waiting for the eventual implosion of the country and its literal balkanisation .
    Thankfully that did not happen due to the ingenuity and doggedness of the country in battling a strange doctrine whose fever had gripped its most impoverished folks . Thanks to friends in the east the fever has broken and the army needs to be reequipped . At the height of the crisis our much beloved friends blinked and showed their true character .
    It is in Nigerias Strategic security interest to align militarily and security wise with the east and Russia . Our economic and sociocultural relationship with the west can continue . We are not enemies just friends who now gets it .

    • mcshegz says:

      “It is in Nigeria’s Strategic security interest to align militarily and security wise with the east and Russia”
      Oga, i gracefully disagree with that statement sir. Nigeria must align herself with her people, their ingenuity and entrepreneurship. When we must buy foreign, we must demand for a full local maintenance infrastructure to ensure that the venture is ultimately sustainable. We know what proforce

      Oga KF. I respect your hustle sir

      • mcshegz says:

        We know what proforce can do. lets ginger these companies and make things happen

      • jimmy says:

        Let us for once as Oga said rely on ourselves .Even when we fail we will learn from it

      • buchi says:

        mschegaz i repsect your hustle,i like the new direction,cos the time is ripe, i believe that right now NAEME should be tinkering with our Vickers Mk3 eagle is time they show their ingenuity ..i had a dream last night and this was the tale in it..before we think of R&D we should think of creating basic to inter-mediate levels of modification on already existing platforms.
        basic has already been achieved as seen on many front in battlefield mode
        inter-mediate- few but more up coming
        advanced- still to get there
        side by side with existing attempts at R&D
        i look forward to a situation where Viable but Tactically Starved or Maintenance starved and dumped out platforms with a role in our ORBAT are reactivated and modified with nigerian systems and ideas..
        First on the list could be the scorpion tanks and Vickers MBT to initiate our entrance into R&D with application in an environment of low support..
        i sincerely believe that with Modification comes urge to greater creativity and tit is the first step in Home grown R&D ,,the igrirgi has showcased this..

        bless ur hustle

      • jimmy says:

        Amen may your dreams become a reality for Nigeria.

      • Augustine says:

        Oga mcshegz, Nigeria should be building MRAP locally by 2016. It’s not rocket science

  20. Augustine says:

    So how many different types of MRAP vehicles from different countries have me mixed up together in our armoury to give headache of maintenance and spare parts to Nigerian army mechanics?

    RG-34 + Casspir + REVA + Big Foot + Maxxpro + Caiman + Sandcat + Next one….

    Seven different types of MRAP for a country that is not technologically advanced to fabricate engine parts in case supply issues come up… ! Zero standardization.

    True we shouted by new equipment, but do we also need to shout buy wisely, or the buyers are not adults grown up to think for themselves?

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Brilliant point, some of these procurements executed are jokes, a free for all requisition spree which will shortly become a spares and logistic nightmare. just wait for just 5 yrs and we would see how many of this vehicles are still standing, for a country whose main source of foreign exchange is under pressure from the global oil market, this is a waste of resources and disaster waiting to happen, if we make all this fuss and blunders fighting a beast with no nation support (BH), what would happen if we are fighting another country.
      All this vehicles provided by the US are considered non lethal non offensive weapons, I can go on line and buy any of them provided I have the funds and drive it around the US or any other country that places no restriction on them. It is very dis heartening that the most used term here is “buy”, “Sell to us”, not we can make or manufacture, there is absolutely nothing special that cannot be constructed by Nigerians in months in this ” silver bullet” vehicles. The military is suppose to be expert at maintenance from the shining boots to the rifle and big guns, The military thrives on clock work and well greased.
      The idea of repairing and modifying our equipment is quite smart, It is on record that at the on set of the Gulf war 2, that two bradley light fighting vehicles destroyed a complete squad of ten T72s, using turrent mounted ATGMs. why can’t the good old scorpions be modified as missile equipped tank killers to serve as escort and scounts to the MBT formations. There is a big problem here once the mind set is tied to a buying everything mentality. Should a Nation claiming world/regional power status still be buying IFV/APCs, even though we have a thriving industry to manufacture them

  21. Oje says:

    Nigeria needs to get its act right first. If you look at it from a non partisan perspective there are indeed very countries in the world that produces weapons( heavy weapons, not fire arms), and even at that %90 of their armament industry is controlled by private companies and not the government. Lockheed Martin,Boeing,Raytheon,BAE and even South Africa’s Dennel are privately owned corporations. We must continue buying heavy weapons from the West and East , nothing wrong procuring weapons abroad. Nigeria’s only indigenous ever company ”NICON” is government run and funded, that’s why its in such a mess, same way NITEL was a mess, same way NEPA was a mess. Anything run by government in this country is bound to collapse due to mismanagement, corruption and lack of strategic objective. We need companies like Dennel or Embrae in Nigeria, for that to happen we need to :

    Sort out our never ending electricity problems
    Create a conducive environment for foreign investments
    Revamp our educational system with emphasis on Physics and Engineering.

    When the Russian beat the Americans to Space the shortwave reverberated all over the United States and for a while it seems the Soviets were winning JFK embarked on stupendous plan to counter Soviet technical advantages by improving American education with special emphasis on technical training. Hundreds of millions of dollars granted in government funding to American Universities to improve civilian research and technology. JFK lamented the shortages of doctorates in mathematics, engineering, and physics and realized that America’s most valuable resources (its people) were being under utilized. 10 years later American astronauts landed on the moon. Today the United States is the country with the most Nobel price winners in almost ever strater of development, except literature.

    Nigeria as a nation can achieve this under a decade or more. There iis no short court to development, we must finish off Boko Haram quick so we can focus on rebuilding.We cannot rebuild while we are still at war. Funny thing is this war would be over in no time if our government is not greedy and stingy. Motivate the men on the front. Promise $20 million to any division that routes or degrades Boko Haram ability to carry out attacks on civilians and watch what happens in two weeks.

  22. mcshegz says:

    RT.COM: Aug 15, 2015
    ‘F-35 hopeless, less battle-worthy than Soviet jets from Cold War’
    “we have an airplane that has too little wing, has too much drag, too much weight, you have an airplane that basically can’t maneuver, can’t accelerate, now you have a big problem because when you encounter other fighters we’re at a terrific disadvantaged; the other fighters will out-fight you.
    The SU-27, even the MiG 29 which is quite a bit of weight, quite a bit more wings for its weight, has more engine for its weight, and can carry far more weapons purely air-to-air weapons or air-to-ground weapons, but the F35 is so bad it’s hopeless in the presence of those airplanes, in fact the F35 would probably be torn apart by an ancient MiG 21”
    Pierre Sprey – F16, A10 co-designer, Defence analyst.
    hehehehehehehehehehe…. make una see corruption o, corruption of the highest degree to the order.
    Let the brainwashed, Hollywood hoodwinked zombies lay it on me. The truth is bitter. Bitter than agbo jedi jedi. 😉


  23. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Dear Ogas, I am sure that the sand cats will not perform or achieve anything more than and Igirigi, but would cost about double the cost to purchase ( not adding shipment), it is funny I hope we are not the first country to out spend itself and lose a war. Procurement has to be done with sense, both Military thinking and Financial reasoning. We do not need to import any more IFV/APCs, there is local capability for it and anything else is just being wastefull

  24. Oje says:

    Oga mschegz, whats the point is highlighting how ”useless” the F-35 is, more so from a government run Russian TV station. The F-22 had similar problems way back before it was inducted, now you cannot say the same. I suspect Russia’s PAK-FA is experiencing similar if not worse problems. We hear about thre F-35 because the West is relatively transparent , in Russia and China such problems will be swept under the carpet because they do not want to tarnish their image. Its been 15 years since the F-22 was built yet Russia is yet to build an operational fighter jets rather than the endless demo we see on airshows. I seriously doubt as well Russia will be able to mass produce the PAKFA. It is suggested that technical difficulties( covered up and hidden) may be so frequent the Indians after spending billions of dollars in joint development cry over the development of the aircraft.

    The F-35 is not built for dogfights, this is the point many fail to realize. The F-35 is more or less like the F-117 stealth fighter, its a specialized aircraft designed to penetrate enemy defenses and to take out strategic targets. It had no gun or missiles, neither was it supersonic but it got the job done. So think of the F-35 in that perspective, only this is armed.It still will be the most technologically advanced fighter jet ever built, its so advanced it makes the F-22 look like an 80’s Era aircraft. For dogfights you have the F-15’s,F-16’s,F-18’s,and F-22’s. For strategic strikes you will likely have a squadron of F-35 and B2 Bombers. No bird in the air will be able to match the F-35 if they sought out the glitches. Its alien age avionics suites more than makes up for its lack of speed and maneuvering.

  25. Are James says:

    Latest NAF release may be indicating some enhanced capability to detect and deliver accurate ordnance on Boko bunkers in Sambisa. Newly acquired, American supplied, bought on the open market?. Nobody knows.

    • jimmy says:

      The recapture of DIKWA
      1) Based on the reports of another blog detailed information from American Intel that was used transferred to ABUJA and then given to the Appropriate Authorities.
      2) Some of the Pictures I have seen of the BH KIA show evidence SF presence ( 1 in the head 2 in the chest)
      3) Military Communication it appears is getting ………. better based on the pictures posted by bidexii

  26. jimmy says:
    “ATR-42 surveillance aircraft, which hitherto had been away for scheduled maintenance.”
    OGA ZACHARY had talked about one of the ATRS being damaged it is hopes this was the ATR that was fixed.

  27. jimmy says:

    * Sorry it is hoped that this was the ATR fixed.

  28. mcshegz says:

    Nigerians doing what Nigerians do best. entrepreneurship at its best
    Drones.NG using Nigerian university graduates will soon commence local UAS development to enable brand sustainability and improve its competitive advantage in this segment of the Aerospace industry.
    Abuja must continue to partner with private companies, public/private institutions like these. Like we’ve said times without number. Abuja should set agendas, layout her parameters, put a reasonable price on the table, and let the competitions begin; It really is that simple 😉


  29. jimmy says:

    I need some clarification has one of the AUGUSTA LUH been weaponized ?

  30. joweezee says:

  31. jimmy says:

    I did not ignore
    i respect your comments but respectfully on the issue of the wall let us agree to disagree
    We agree on the NAF needs 4th gen aircraft
    We also agree most def on ATGMS, PGMS (THE NAF have some).
    More modern Tanks upgraded T-72S AND T90S
    Anti aircraft systems
    More helios

    • Augustine says:

      I remain respectfully your junior, oga jimmy, the border wall or no wall will be determined by government as I think they hear us arguing this topic since 2014. We have both presented our opinions, cannot always agree, humans will be humans.

      Happy Sunday to you sir.

  32. Ola says:

    Interesting post sir Beegs, thanks for the update! Reading sentences like this though:
    “The US Army is also sending armoured vehicles known as MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected),made by Navistar Defense, an Illinois company, and Israeli-based Plasan Sasa. It is unclear which Nigerian military units will receive the equipment, but the State Department has confirmed that deliveries are pending.” the authour of the article presents this as if the US is giving these equipment as gifts to Nigeria which is a lie. US is selling non-lethal and defensive platforms to the Nigerian army.
    My opinion is this, Nigeria truly needs thousands or at least several hundreds of MRAPS and scout cars, therefore Nigeria needs to buy more. But those in charge of the logistics have to be practical about things. Already NA operates tracked BTRs, non-tracked BMPs, REVA, Casspir, Igirigi. Otokar Cobra, just to mention a few, why add yet more diversity that only leads to more investment in training the mechanics and overall increase in maintenance? How long would it be taking NA to get new technical partners for replacement parts in Africa or from the US or Europe? It’d be better to make the 2 or 3 well understood and reliable brands as the mainstay of the army.
    I would rather have NA meet their MRAP needs on SA and indigenous industries.

  33. buchi says:

    something for s to think about on the agusta 109e LUTH

  34. buchi says:

    *us* correction

  35. ozed says:

    My contributions to the discuss on the evolution of a Military Industrial Complex in Nigeria in response to PMB’s recent call:

    We can all agree that the military procurement policy we currently operate is not sustainable, hence the efforts of the current administration to re-work it and evolve a system that can usher the armed forces into the next decade. However, even with the best procurement system possible, our ability to defend ourselves could easily be compromised by the policies of the more developed nations if we continue to rely slavishly on imported equipment.
    This has led to the commendable efforts of the last administration in R&D, and the recent call by the incumbent president for the Nigerian armed forces to redouble their efforts towards locally sourced and developed military equipment.
    As these efforts take wing, the following are my few thoughts and some options to be considered in evolving the final blueprint for a Nigerian Military Industrial Complex:
    • Capacity Building – In my view, the starting point would be a proper inventory of the existing capacity for equipment development in order to guide us in our goal setting (to avoid aiming for pies in the sky). Fortunately, Nigeria already has, across different industries, a lot of the technological capacity required for the development of many basic classes of military equipment, and in many cases what is missing is the focusing and channeling of energies and capacities to chosen goals. For example the following capacity pools already exist:
    o Explosives and pyrotechnics – Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers i.e. the Sappers, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams of the army and Police, the various departments of Chemical Engineering of Nigerian Universities and polytechnics etc.
    o Vehicle development – NAEME, Nigerian Army Central Workshop, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ex-employees of heavy vehicle assemblies e.g. ANAMMCO, INNOSON etc. private sector players e.g. PROFORCE
    o Rocket and Projectile Technology – Nigerian Air Force Ground crews, Air Force institute of technology (AFIT), NARSDA, Departments of Engineering and Physics in various Nigerian Universities and Polytechnics etc.
    o Aircraft systems – AFIT, Nigerian Airforce etc.
    o Small Arms – Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Navy and Airforce, DICON etc.
    In addition to these and other individuals and institutions, the Country can count on the following force multipliers:
    o Experienced Nigerian technologists from the diaspora who are willing to return home to support the development efforts
    o Technical service agreements with other developed Countries for formal technology transfer
    o Agreements with foreign freelancers who wish to find self-expression which they may have been denied in their home countries (similar to the White Zimbabwean farmers model used in Kwara State)
    • Appropriate Goal Setting – This aspect of the system would be responsible for setting goals for the entire industry in terms of what the requirements of the armed forces are. Like all other direction definition efforts, this would be best addressed by a high level committee. This committee would initially reside in the Presidency (once the system gathers momentum, it may be moved to the Ministry of Defense). The committee in my view should comprise at a minimum persons from the following agencies/sectors:
    o Delegates of the Chiefs of Staff
    o Delegates of the IGP
    o Delegates of NASENI
    o Delegates of the Nigerian Society of Engineers
    o Delegate of AFIT, DICON, NAEME etc.
    o Private sector players (preferably parties already delivering services to the Armed Forces)
    This committee would be responsible for setting occasional targets for the Industrial complex, securing appropriate budgets from FG for the approved concepts, project management of the various efforts and also be responsible for creating the required nexus to get any successful prototypes included in the Armed forces procurement lists and commercially produced. They would answer directly to the President on the success of the program.
    • Concepts development – Based on the goals and objectives of the Committee above, concept development teams would be formed to address specific equipment needs. These teams would be multi-disciplinary, drawing on the various resources from the capacity pool developed originally. Their responsibility would essentially be to deliver tested and working prototypes to the Committee for commercial production. The concepts to be considered should include:
    o Personal equipment e.g. Boots, uniforms, rations,etc.
    o Small Arms
    o Basic explosive products (bombs, grenades, rockets, propellants, etc.)
    o Basic guided Missiles (ATGMs, Surface to surface systems etc., torpedoes)
    o Small Ships (Patrol vessels to frigates)
    o Light Armored Vehicles
    o Light Aircraft
    o Conversion packages for existing platforms
    • Industrial production – The approach here in my view should be driven by the realization that private investment is driven by viable demand. Hence, any investment for the production of any prototype would have to be preceded by a viable order from the Armed Forces or other security agencies. To address concerns about security, these production facilities could be undertaken under a bonded factory arrangement, wherein the factories would belong to and be run by the private sector, but under the possession and oversight of the military. Thus any production would need to be only based on approved orders from Nigerian armed forces or approved foreign clients.
    • How to keep it running – To ensure profitability for investors, the Companies would be encouraged to actively canvass for sales among other developing Countries as well as evolving derivatives of the technology for civilian use. In addition, the Companies/factories would also be encouraged to design their own products and send them as proposals to the Committee for adoption.
    In my view, this arrangement would result over the next 5-6 years in a vibrant home grown industrial complex,that can take on a momentum of its own and grow, generating employment and opportunity in the Nigerian economy.

  36. mcshegz says:

    After a long period of time, Russia is returning to Africa, bolstering economic, political and military ties with the continent, US expert Eugene Steinberg; so, does it mean Russia will soon outpace the US in Africa?

    According to Eugene Steinberg, an Assistant Editor at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Russia is determined to increase its involvement in Africa, making Moscow an important geopolitical player in the continent.

    “Russian arms are an increasingly popular alternative to US weaponry, which still dominates the market despite higher monetary and political costs. When the United States rejected a Nigerian request for Cobra attack helicopters in 2014 for instance, Nigeria responded by cancelling a US military training program to fight Boko Haram and investing in Russian aircraft. Now, Russia trains Nigerian Special Forces,” the expert emphasized.


  37. Oje says:

    We cannot talk about capacity building when we are still at war. This is certainly not the right time to start rebuilding our armed forces on a massive scale that befits a nation like Nigeria. Get Boko Haram wiped out, then we can sit down and talk about where to go next.

  38. mcshegz says:

    Lebanon arrests wanted militant cleric Ahmad al-Assir En route to Nigeria, via Egypt

    Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon arrested Saturday a fugitive Sunni Muslim cleric wanted over deadly clashes with the army as he tried to flee the country, security sources told AFP.
    “Lebanese authorities arrested Ahmad al-Assir this morning at the airport. He had changed his appearance and was trying to leave the country,” a security source said.
    Assir, who had shaved his beard, was trying to fly to Nigeria by way of Cairo, using a fake Palestinian travel document that had a valid visa, the security directorate added.
    He had been on the run since June 2013, when he and some supporters fought a deadly battle with the army outside the southern city of Sidon.

  39. ugobassey says:

    Someone correct me if im wrong but it seems none of these ‘assets” are offensive in nature……

  40. Ola says:

    Just reading the list of some equipment the NA and Nigerian armed forces have:

    This list is not exhaustive. My point is this, with the wealth of experience garnered in fielding and maintaining all these equipment, when are we going to see an end to the importation of certain equipment? By now, Nigeria should be at least self sufficient and meeting her needs 100% WRT troop transport platforms, APCs personal and light weapons weapons.

  41. Ola says:

    As it is in Egypt, so it is in Nigeria, right? I hope BH would not have access to guided munitions and missiles!

  42. buchi says:

    when i read through this i couudnt hold back tears at all. we fail to honor our heroes in modern times ,how much more hundreds of Nigerians who fought in the 14th army in Burma,Singapore and midway..Coupled with the lack of recognition from ungrateful colonists

    A few months before he was shot as an enemy soldier in its sweltering jungles, 16-year-old Nigerian Isaac Fadoyebo had never even heard of Burma. The journey that led him there began in a fit of youthful exuberance when he ran away from his village in south-western Nigeria and signed up to fight for Britain in the second world war.

    He joined an estimated 100,000 others from Britain’s colonies of Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone who sailed from west Africa’s creek-lined coast around the Cape of Good Hope, then onwards to Burma. There, Japanese soldiers ambushed his platoon and Isaac was left for dead behind enemy lines.

    What happened next captures not just the personal bravery of one man and the strangers into whose midst he was catapulted, but shines a light on a forgotten front of the war.

    The ripple effects of the south-east Asian conflict radiated from Burma’s Rohingya Muslim minority, whose persecution today is a direct legacy of the war, to the returning west African soldiers who later started the region’s march towards independence.

    Alongside Nigeria’s own inability to remember its war dead, it’s also a story of Britain’s often-neglected debt to its colonial soldiers, and how two British men helped to resuscitate that legacy.

    Even in Britain, the 81st and 82nd divisions – the Allies’ west African force – were known as the “forgotten army” as all eyes became fixed on the threat of Nazism much closer to home. The eight in 10 west Africans in those divisions in Burma were a forgotten contingent within the forgotten army.

    Now Fadoyebo was to become one of its dead. It was monsoon season in Burma, a time of mosquito-filled heat and lashing rains. Too weak to move, he lay bleeding in the tropical forest 6,000 miles from home and waited for the end.

    Seventy years after the event, there’s still disbelief about a remarkable chapter in Nigeria’s history. “But for my grandfather being involved, I never would have been able to put into perspective the fact that Nigeria was in the war,” said Fadoyebo’s grandson, Ayo, a human resources worker in Lagos. “I knew Nigerians fought, but it was so distant I couldn’t place how it affected me as a Nigerian.”

    It was a feeling common even at the time. In countless villages such as the sleepy hilltop one of Owo, where Fadoyebo lived, the bloodshed had been a distant thing rumbling on in remote lands. There were vague rumours that Hitler wanted to invade Nigeria itself, to plunder its mineral wealth. But the tentacles of the far-flung battles reached Owo when a recruitment truck rolled into the bushes in December 1941. Among the curious onlookers was Fadoyebo, a tall, well-built teenager. The colonial officer’s exhortations to fight for the empire didn’t rouse him; instead, he sensed a chance to escape the sleepy backwater, earn money and see the world.

    Fadoyebo’s tale from there might have been lost to history were it not for the efforts of British journalist Barnaby Phillips, who chronicled the astonishing story that was about to unfold in his lucid, exquisitely detailed book Another Man’s War.

    In 2011, Phillips took time off from working in Athens and began researching the “Burma Boys” in London’s Imperial War Museum. The addition of east African recruits swelled Britain’s colonial army to a 500,000-strong force. But Phillips noticed something rare when he began reading the available literature.

    Buried in the hundreds of books, he chanced upon a slim novel by a man called Isaac Fadoyebo. “It was called A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck and was a beautiful, 70-page manuscript by a Nigerian who not only survived an extraordinary experience, but put it all down in writing,” Phillips said, still sounding amazed at his own good fortune.

    That was down to David Killingray, an English professor specialising in imperial history. He’d received the handwritten manuscript – Fadoyebo’s only one – in 1989. “I immediately realised this was extraordinary, and set about getting it published,” he said. Several hundred copies languished in a handful of academic and military libraries for years.

    Fadoyebo’s story began on the morning of 2 March 1944, when his platoon was eating breakfast on a steep bank of Burma’s Kaladan river. Suddenly they came under ferocious attack from the Japanese, who were expertly trained in jungle warfare. Men fell around Fadoyebo and a bullet pierced his thigh. He dropped down in anguish.

    “He knew what was coming. The Japanese, take a prisoner? A white man, like Captain Brown, perhaps, but a black man? No chance,” Phillips writes in an opening that transports readers viscerally to the scene.

    The final shots never came, perhaps because the Japanese believed he would succumb to his wounds. Another soldier, David Kagbo, was also wounded in the field. Fadoyebo crawled to him, and they waited together as death stalked them.

    Recruitment of Nigerian troops in 1943. Photograph: Courtesy of Jill Hopwood

    But the rustling in the reeds turned out to be villagers bringing food. Isaac’s stroke of unbelievable luck was going down in a village of Bengali Muslims, known as Rohingya, who sided with the British. For weeks, they brought sustenance, sometimes every other day, sometimes longer if fighting was particularly fierce.

    Eventually, a farmer named Shuyiman helped the two men limp to his home. There, at risk of death, he sheltered the two strangers until British forces broke through again in December. Their rescuers knew them only by Muslim names they adopted in deference to the villagers: Isaac was Suleman and David was Dauda. Fadoyebo never forgot his saviours. “God sent them to save me,” he would always say later.

    “He had an unquantifiable desire to know what had happened to Shuyiman’s family. He talked about them all the time,” Ayo said.

    A call from a stranger six decades later proved to be another stroke of good fortune. After chancing on his memoirs, Phillips had spent weeks in an effort to track down Fadoyebo. “I was so worried. I thought he wouldn’t be able to understand me, he’d be deaf, he wouldn’t be able to catch my English over the phone,” he said, explaining the moment he finally found a working phone number for Fadoyebo. “I gave this long speech about who I was, what I wanted to do and so on.” There was a long pause on the other end. Then a deep voice replied: “Mr Phillips, when are you coming to Nigeria?”

    That began a friendship between the two until, moved by his friend’s pleas, Phillips journeyed to Burma in hope of finding Shuyiman’s family and passing on the thanks the veteran had longed to give for decades.

    It’s difficult not to worry about how quickly history can fade in Nigeria. Official western accounts long played down the contribution of Africans in the Asian campaign – allied commander General Slim never thanked the 14th Army, of which they were part – and few young Nigerians know of it.

    “As children we didn’t go to the village very often; if we had we would have known about it,” said Ayo, who said his grandfather never talked about his wartime experiences until the call from Phillips. During an extended visit to the village in 2002, a cousin introduced Ayo to everyone by declaring: “This is the grandson of Baba Solja [Old Soldier].”

    “As soon as he said that, no further explanation was needed. It was established who I was,” Ayo said.

    Nigeria’s military still has 81st and 82nd divisions in honour of the veterans, but celebrations of VJ Day are invariably muted. “We celebrate second world war veterans at every opportunity. Just like any other Nigerian soldier who dies serving, their children have been awarded scholarships and other welfare packages,” said spokesperson Rabe Abubakar.

    Next to the neatly manicured second world war graves in a cemetery partly maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in downtown Lagos are the litter-strewn, unkempt grounds that house the government-run memorials for Nigerian peacekeepers in the 1990s.

    At least one man’s memories were properly looked after. In a documentary he made later, Phillips travels across wide expanses of jewel-green fields dotted with crumbling temples in Burma’s Rakhine state.

    It’s a risky journey, given the turmoil affecting Rohingya Muslims there, and there’s every chance that the village where Fadoyebo was rescued has been razed. Phillips eventually finds the right location – the story of the two African men is part of local folklore.

    Watched by chattering monkeys, Shuyiman’s family struggle to hold back tears as he delivers Fadoyebo’s letter. “His real name is Isaac Fadoyebo and he wants you to know he thinks of your mother and father and sister every day,” Phillips begins, himself tearful.

    Photographs of Fadoyebo are passed round. The women clutch them to their chests. One man blinks furiously. Another woman covers her hand with her face and sobs. “We’ve thought of him for so long,” she says, wiping her eyes with her headscarf.

    Being able to thank those who sheltered him meant Fadoyebo was at peace even when old age sent him to hospital in 2013. Incapacitated in bed, he discussed attending his grandson’s wedding when he got better, and picking up a wartime medal that the government had promised. “I’m fine, don’t worry. I’ll pick up the medal when I’m out of the hospital,” he told Ayo just before he died on 9 September.

    Two days later, the medal that had been 68 years in coming finally arrived.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      For this one, I would address you as Dear Oga Buchi, because you have highlighted the stuff , we Nigerians are made of, I would stand there is a documentary on this Nigerian war stories, A reading of the book was held at weekends at a Book club in Quitteense shop Ikoyi. (the Film on youtube is not available for viewing in the US).
      Also the generally used term “special forces” was suppose to have been coined from the description of Nigeria troops serving under the British in Burma. The story goes that the US generals were surprised at the lack of proper kit and at times boots handed out to the Africans, The British Officer replied that they are special forces different from regular troops ( mockingly referring that they are inferior, cannon fodders/dispensable). During the british retreat action from Burma and Indonesia, the Nigerian were left behind to cover the retreat of the main force. During this action the NIgerian not only stopped the Japanese offensive but also advanced in the other direction, So the American General asked the British Officer again why are you retreating when your rear guard is advancing and pushing the Japs back. The British Officer replied once again that it is because they are special forces. This un-mentioned Nigerian action actually signified the roll back of the Japanese and taking of a crucial mountain ridge area, that the main British force could not take since the unset of the japanese invasion of the area
      I believe that the Indonesians, actually recognize and pay tribute to the actions of the Nigerian Burma Boys on the anniversary of their action.
      Thanks again for this article and I hope our men would draw inspiration from it.

    • Number One says:

      Thank you for sharing this.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      “but the report said that the US government had confirmed that deliveries were pending”, this is generally meant to shore up politacal support at home for the US government that they are doing the right thing, The ban is strictly for lethal and offensive weapons. not transport vehicles or dis-armed ships or Civil version C130s. There is no magic bullet, going by that list that was published , there is enough arms and equipment to wipe out BH, what we seem to lack now is coordination that is void of “uniform” politics

  43. jimmy says:
    I respect the NA way of doing things and Col Rabe Abubakar is right 100% in stating that Promotions and Retirements are handled once a year and doing things haphazardly like it was done in the past is not what the future holds.
    Traditionally the armed forces tend to promote / retire in December 2015 so the troops who fought to reclaim Baga/ Monguno really should not be complaining regardless of what the Outgone COAS said, most importantly they were doing there job However I would like to broach an Idea to the COAS LT. GEN T.Y. Buratai :
    It would be a boost to the morale of the Army to make an exception to the rule to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the line of operations to recapture Baga and Monguno if they were promoted now , the NA is under no obligation whatsoever to do this but it would help the families of the deceased to weather some of the Hardships just by the RECOGNITION not really the Financial benefits

  44. jimmy says:
    It appears to be official now
    * Look for the AI to scream to the highest heavens comparing NA to the NAZIS
    ** Credit must be given to the US Ambassador if we criticize him for not doing his job we should praise him when the Equipment is on the ground, if one MRAP carrying 12 soldiers saves their lives I am with oga ekundayo temitope 61 on this one .
    On a further note about Standardization
    Phase 1. Get rid of the Toyota hiluxes all of them , replace them with a) the Toyota land cruisers, b) The Igirigi, c) The proforce leopard
    Phase 2. The auto kraz group both from Canada and the Ukraine have proved their worth National sentiments aside they should be the the standard for NA LAVs, Nigeria must also decide now what role the big foot is going to play after this war is over
    Phase 3. The Standard tank in the Nigerian Army should be the Uprgraded T72 with 100 addtional units of the T90 the T55 should be given to Chad / Niger / Benin and Ghana
    Phase 4. Get rid of the MOWAGS and the STEYRS ( 100%) nothing but sentimental value and parts attached to them .Nigeria lost enough LIVES TO IEDs in BAMA & BAGA
    Phase 5. The Nigerian Army needs a new Rifle
    choices are the
    They should be ordered in batches of 4 x25,000 with the license to produce the Thiird and fourth batch in Nigeria.

  45. Oje says:

    Countries in an actual shooting war in 2015

    United States
    Saudi Arabia

    Countries that just recently joined the club of shoot war
    India and Pakistan(Indian and Pakistani troops have traded gunfire and shell over Kashmire)
    Turkey (Strikes on the PKK and ISIS positions inside Syria)

    Countries in a proxy war.
    United States

    Countries on the verge of joing Shooting War United.
    South Korea
    North Korea
    United States (NATO)


    Could it be a 3rd world war has begun and nobody knows?

  46. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:
    The Burma Video, Nigerian soldiers, very inspirational and interesting

  47. Augustine says:

    Oga Ozed, thank you for that long list of common sense. Nigeria needs a good defence industry, kneeling down to beg for tear gas from foreign suppliers is as bad as Nigeria importing toothpicks.

  48. Augustine says:

    Gentlemen, are we paying for these new American MRAPs or it’s free gift? I ask because on Oga Beegeagle’s twitter handle, he said TRANSFERS from US Army surplus.

    • jimmy says:

      I do not know:
      It could be free
      It could be Nigeria pays for the shipping and training of Personnel.
      I would rather go by my street smarts:
      There is no free Lunch.

    • Yomi says:

      yes we tried to buy Apache assault helicopters for fire support and Chinook heavy lift helicopters to move troops and APCs/MRAPs quickly to the Operations area during attacks but it was blocked using the ”LEALY LAWS”,but after the PMB speech made them look bad in front of their own people ,they decided to transfer MRAPs to US which the LEALY LAWS do not oppose because they are classified as ”non leathal”.
      Basically it’s like throwing a dog a bone to make it stop barking,we already have the chinese built BIG FOOT MRAPs and the South Africa built REVA MRAPs

  49. mcshegz says:


    Iran’s most sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) supposedly crashed during a test flight, and not during an operational mission over Pakistan, as initially claimed.
    On 13 August the Iranian Young Journalists Club (YJC) cited the governor of Konarak county in the south of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province as saying that the UAV crashed near a village during testing two days earlier. Konarak is the home of the airport that serves the port city of Chabahar and an associated airbase.

    The Shahed 129 is an Iranian Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) first publicly unveiled in September 2012. The aircraft is claimed to be capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions with an endurance of 24 hours, making it the first Iranian MALE UAV .



  50. Oje says:

    Everybody wants to take the short cut to success. Sorry Iran, sorry China, you cannot steal and buy your way to success.

  51. Oje says:

    I really hope both pilots were able to eject safely. Its very sad the loss of life. Is this gonna be the fate of Nigerian pilots? We have already lost 6 pilots due to crashes from both Chinese and Russian aircraft’s, The NAF have lost more pilots due ti technical problems than in actual combat itself.

  52. in my MCSHEGZ voice


    in recent months there have been a number of mishaps involving American aircraft both fixed wings and rotor craft

  53. Oje says:

    That is true oga adetayo. I am not saying the Russian military is weak or impotent, far from that. I’m only saying the credibility and effectiveness of its systems leaves much to be desired. Safety is not giving top priority. They lost hundreds of sailors in 2001 during a training exercise when its ballistic missile submarine’the ”Kursk” sank after a defective torpedo exploded, sending the submarine to the bottom of the sea. Ive seen several mishaps at airshows around the world involving Russian aircrafts. Having a missile misfire and explode, an anti aircraft missile falling back to earth, a helicopter gunship falling out of the sky and its new T-9- Tank breaking down in a parade is too much and indicative of the state of most Russian systems. They do build the best ejector sit though. The country with the 2nd highest number of incidents and mishaps happens to be China, the biggest consumer of Russian systems.

    • Non the less, western systems suffer a number of mishaps too this year the west leads the east in military aircraft mishaps. three F18s and three F16s this yr. one F18 caught fire while refueling. some hueys and blackhawks and one osprey also lost. almost all rotary aircraft lost suffered hard landings. for the chinese i would agree that their crafts are generally inferior.

      there is a reason why the world’s space programes are currently mostly powered by russian engines. most of the private American space companies use russian engines. America is just trying to develop similar engine that are reliable.
      Everybody get k-leg @oga OJE. its just amazing that these russian mishaps garer greater press time than the American mishaps and the narrative is skewed against them, and to my knowledge there have been more western military mishaps then russian

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Well said sir, but the I don’t completely agree about the Chinese effectiveness it is a matter of the operational tasking, thinking deployment, but they are gradually improving.
        The Kenyan Operated Chinese Z-9 helicopters in Somalia are running side by side with the Russian,s Mi-171 and Western/USA Hughes 500 Defenders without any problems or incidents. The Kenyan crew having been well trained and experienced ( meeting proper command requirements ) are quite happy with it’s performance in the fight against Al shabaab militants under AMISOM tasking.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Sorry I meant “Well said” , Oga Adetayo.

  54. asorockweb says:

    It seems our bloggers can’t fully understand the significance of the appointment of a SINGLE commander for the fight against Boko Haram.

    Next to Buhari becoming president, and BH being driven from major towns, this is the most important development in the recent fight back against Boko Haram.

    1 enemy, 1 counter-force, 1 commander.

    Our fore-fathers knew this simple maxim, even a 1000 years ago!

    • Are James says:

      Compare this with the situation a significant number of months ago when nobody could tell whether it was DHQ or MOD running the war. The DHQ seemed to be doing that at some point which was an unfortunate situation of ZERO single point accountability. Nobody in charge. Then they got to juggling the lame duck 7th division and the 3rd division in reactive operations within an overall strategy of containment. Containment and “securing the area” was soon proven to be a stupid strategy as pointed out numerously by the ” bloody civilians “on Beegeagle.
      At some point it started looking like it was the then new MOD who was going to run the show but then he got insulted by DHQ man Alex (the civilian pilot in uniform). After that the man sulked and probably reported all concerned to Minna. Finally in the last months before elections, the NSA grew larger than life and usurped the powers of the MOD, CAS, CDS and the entire DHQ. All these guys looked like confused secondary school kids throughout thatv period (no apologies) although the CAS was visibly involved in superintending the efforts. There was never an anti Boko Haram CZAR because the northern generals around GEJ never told him it was important in military doctrine to always have one. The Southern generals also knew it as truth but were too busy “chopping ” to give any advice to the CIC so they can be excused.

  55. more western military aircraft mishaps than Russian*

  56. Centenary says:

    @ oga oje and his unrelenting and misled love for america(God!!! I think you can even die for america)just so you remember you are not and can never be an american(please wake up from this your nightmare)it is now getting boring and annoying because you are a Nigerian and you better embrace and accepting it.GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  57. jimmy says:
    Courtey of Beegeagle’s twitter
    IMHO this is as explicit as it can get from PMB to the CAS for this war to come to a definite end the CAS must fight this war with both hands
    1.The left hand : This is the logistics hands ammo, bombs, rockets , pgms now is the time to tell the President through the NSA cutting down on collateral damage requires pgms from Pakistan, rockets from China, France and Russia Mr President, you appointed me to finish this war please give me these things also long term the NAF needs:
    * A squadron of 12 +2 of the SU27/ 30 aircraft
    ** A squadron of 12 of the MI 17 HELIOS
    *** A squadron of 12 of the JF17 this aircraft is important because of the relationship that exist between Nigeria and Pakistan they have agreed to a technical swap, they have agreed and demonstrated the capacity for transferring parts and extra training it is imperative Nigeria gets this done
    2.The right hand: This consists of personnel the NAF needs to increase it’s personnel by 5,000 men which should consists of Five battalions that are SF ORIENTED what they have now is not enough and the last order the out gone CAS did was the establishment of FOBS, they need to be stocked with elements of the NAF SF
    Lastly the NAF needs more armed Drones from China.

  58. freeegulf says:

    this Oje fella sef, you are so predictable, kai!
    whenever there is an article u consider unfair or biased to the US of A, you quickly jump in to counter lol..
    you and jewish lobby have similar tactics no be small. criticisms na una biggest fear. wonder why the insecurity.

    machines are made by man, and machines would sometimes fail man. man is fallible. and unfortunately, 99 per cent of wars are usually rackets, with profiteers getting rich on the misery of millions of people. nothing changes here, has always been the national and international setup

  59. buchi says:

    we can do better than this

    • Are James says:

      I think we have above 85% availability on the F7NI and Alpha. That is good work by ground crews and probably some officials in the last government who finalky rallied round to buy spares and provide logistics however we should not be flying those fighter-bombers at our level.

      • AOk says:

        What do you mean by pilot hour rate? Are you implying we pay NAF jocks by the hour? Danger pay?

      • Are James says:

        Good practice to divide salary and emoluments by number of hours flown. Pilot utilisation rate is a good metric for measuring the effectiveness of a force. I am not suggesting that there is flying allowance and it is this generous.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      The Pylons of this aircrafts are empty, except for the drop tanks, the solid building hit by the first strike view is is also suspect, the terrain is definitely not sambisa with the greens.

      • Are James says:

        The aircrafts appeared to have gone on a surveillance mission. The video footage appears to be surveillance shots from the F7NI which has a secondary capability for taking quick still shots and video from altitude. The burning building appears to have been riddled with Canon shots from the air as well. Putting it together, three aircraft took off, one took some video another blasted the roof of a building and they returned safely to base.
        Cost Breakdown :
        Fuel : $15000
        Pilot hour rate: $500
        Shots fired: $200
        Equipment degradation : $15000
        Total: $30700

      • jimmy says:

        I hate to sound contrarily to your post, but the terrain definitely is Sambisa Forests. Most respectful of your thread. Sambisa is encased in at least Four if not Five states Borno, Kaduna, Yobe and I believe Adamawa.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      This Oga is real and understands asymmetric warfare, what it takes to be a strong Nation
      The new General Officer Commanding 81 Division Major General Isidore Edet said, henceforth, any soldier who tries to embarrass the service by engaging civilians negatively would bear the consequences.
      He said that Army personnel must work hard to win the Nigerian populace to their side, adding: “avoid friction with the people, because in a counter insurgency, if you do not have the support of the (local) population you have already failed.

      “It is the force that has the support of the population that succeeds. If, (however), the population turns against you can never succeed.”

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Oga Jimmy& Oga Are James,Correction fully accepted and well taken, nice to know, always learning

    • Ola says:

      Mr. Buchi, thanks for posting this Interesting video. The strike looks very surgical, of course the ordinance was small, infact it looks more like 20mm attack on the building. May be the building is meant to be left with minimal damage? If the building harbours terrorists and NAF couldn’t bring it down on them because of shortage of ordnance, then that is not good for 3 reasons; 1. each flight stresses the airframe and bring some wear and tear, cost of fuel and pilot hours are not justified and the terrorists would live to fight another day!
      Good job to NAF!

  60. Julius says:

    CT instructors needed URGENTLY. How do we go about engaging the best here.

  61. Julius says:

    @Ola, on behalf of an authority. private emails are needed for the ones we can vouch for here.
    Movement of personnel activated already.

    • Ola says:

      OK! Provide an e-mail and I will write you privately shortly. Depending on how talk goes, help may be coming your way from fresh Vets here.

  62. Oje says:

    The Nigerian air force is the most combat experienced and combat capable air force in West/Central Africa. 4th Gen fighter or not it seems our military is slowly rising to the occasion. Do not fall for Idris Derby’s ”New Boko Haram leader wants to negotiate” bullshit again. Lets blow these modafuckers to smithereens .

    • Are James says:

      I agree that very few African countries can have long enduring air operations day in day out for months like we are doing. However new capabilities of the 4thGen/4.5th Gen maturity should be inducted urgently. It actually makes it cheaper on the long run as you can do more with less.

    • Eugene4eveR says:

      If we fall for Idris Derby’s scam the 2nd time, it means our leaders are full time magas who need to go wash their heads at the forbidden river! First class Insult, a Chadian wanting to dupe Nigerians with the same format twice.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Oje, so Nigeria is now the giant of West and Central Africa, no be African giant again?

  63. freeegulf says:

    west africa YES, central africa, NO
    have you forgotten angola is in central africa. they fought nearly non stop for over 3 decades, at home soil, PR, and DR, Congo. whether efficient or not, they did come out of all 3 conflicts on top.

    but yes, despite the shortage in decent platforms, NAF has carried her weight reasonably for the last 2.5 decades. however, we need to upgrade our assets. 4th gen multi role aircraft, and abundant heli gunships too. no more buying 2 or 3 s please,
    Welldone NAF

  64. CHYDE says:

    Somebody on this blog actually got under Lachit’s skin not too long ago. Lachit if you are reading this, YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED ASAP.

    • Oje says:

      Oga Chyde6 that is a very silly thing to say. Exactly what is wrong with this country, value foreigners more so than yoypical. Typical.

      • CHYDE says:

        Oje you are entitled to your opinion, what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong, did you not get one or two ideas from Lachit? I haven’t made this type of comment on this blog before, but the truth has to be said. You ponder on this. Thank you

      • hannibal says:

        Oje…what you see is a foreigner..what others probably are seeing is a fellow contributor..someone who has made meaningful contributions to discussions here…someone who can still do same. Lachit has said he would not comment here again..that’s fine..that is his prerogative, but when Julius requested for CT instructors he didn’t exclude anyone.

    • hannibal says:

      I very much loved that his suggestion that our SS infiltrate their petrol suppliers and adulterate the stuff, knock their engines..from motorcycles to trucks to generators., that should be something we can achieve easily.

  65. Augustine says:

    NAF has NEVER fought against a worthy opponent that has jet fighters equal to ours.

    Our NAF have also NEVER fought any air to air battle or launch ground attack against an enemy that has anti-aircraft missiles in her 50 year history.

    For half a century, NAF has only built capacity to do patrols, surveillance, transportation, low intensity combat, anti-rebel or anti-insurgency operations against enemies that can hardly fight back in defence.

    Let NAF go test might against an enemy air force that has MiG-29 jet or an enemy army that has Buk air defence SAM, then we will know the difference between a real combat air force and an air police.

    Let’s stop celebrating mediocrity, ten fellow African air forces are far better than NAF, and many African air forces can sustain a long air war for many years, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Angola, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, etc, all have cash and equipment to sustain a long war…..after all, NAF ran out of bombs, dumb bombs and was running to Pakistan and South Africa for help with ordnance importation in the middle of a war.

    What makes NAF better than the other African air forces in the top twenty? If they too have a war, a country like Botswana will fight effectively, they have a well maintained air force, and they are rich in diamonds.

    Let’s stop making NAF look like USAF or RAF when we have never fought an opponent that has air power, not even faced Equatorial Guinea that flies modernized Mirage F-1 jets.

    • Augustine says:

      *not even faced Gabon that flies modernized Mirage F-1 jets.*

    • Sir Kay says:

      Haha, true talk brother. I tire.

    • Are James says:

      None of these countries you mentioned ever displayed the ability to throw more than 12 aircraft of six different types into a long term engagement going into 4 years. You think these countries have “capability ” because they have hardware?. He he he…I laugh in kenery language. I want you to imagine a modern conventional war running into three years with both sides doing flanking moves, special forces also in the picture ….how many African air forces would be able to have planes in the air?. Only S.Africa, Algeria and to a very small extent Ethiopia and Kenya. For many reasons that time does permit to dwell upon, the airforces of Angola, Uganda, Eritrea and Sudan cannot sustain “capability” which ultimately is in manpower, processes and maintenance skills, spares holding, local spares fabrication and so on.

      • AOk says:

        The NAF should conduct exercises against another air force. Go the full suite of air to air simulated combat, air to ground, air to sea, rotary wing attacks. They can calibrate skills sets like response times, dispatch rates, all support systems and flight crew skills.
        Why not a bi annual exercise against the South African Air Force (that government is still a friend, sort of), set rules like the Gripens not being allowed to use their pulse doppler radars going up against the F7s. The Mils on a range somewhere in the Kalahari versus the Rooivalk. The Alpha jets practicing air combat against the Pilatus.
        By heading to SA, NAF will also practice long range deployment over a distance beyond what they did in Sierra Leone last century. Besides, any learning from that period is long gone anyway.

      • Deway says:

        Oga AOK, you talk well.

      • Sir Kay says:

        Kinda hard having such exercises when we are gonna be showing up with old and worn out assets

      • Are James says:

        Thank you. These blog is blessed with intelligent, forward looking people. This is a first class suggestion and something that the NAF was already doing 20 years ago. Nigerian MIG 21 pilots were rated worlds best at some of these engagements.
        To tell the truth, our Minna and Kano ex heads of state destroyed Nigeria armed forces in more ways than one.
        It is a relief to hear this suggeztion from you and we are gratified that the “viva NA, viva NAF, viva NN ” people have all faded away from this blog so we can have constructive discourse and make humble suggestions without being sentimental.

      • freeegulf says:

        well said oga james. the terms air ‘sustenance’ and ‘capability’ are essential. very few countries in africa can sustain long term combat at decent rate.
        however, i will put angola as part of that list of sustainable air combat. fighting wars for 30 years running does comes with its experiences.

  66. Julius says:

    CT Instructors here are urgently needed.Time frame is limited.With all the conversations here i feel we can draw a pool of instructors.
    This might be a good opportunity.Time frame limited.

    • Ola says:

      Mr Jimmy, I have seen your e-mail address posted above and I will contact you by e-mail within the next 1 hour. I did post here some weeks ago that I am willing to offer help and get the same for NA. So, for the sake of the credibility of this blog I like to say the following;
      1. there could be up to a team of 5 very experienced instructors with experiences drawn from the hostile environments in recent times.
      2. These guys are not hired guns, I repeat, not hired guns. They would work for FREE over a period of a few weeks provided they are working directly with the military. No private contractors allowed. If private contractors come in before, during or any time from now on, we would withdraw.
      3. It would take at least 4 weeks before the team can be activated in NGA, bear in mind some of these guys do not have Nigerian passports. So if you need something quicker than that, sorry.
      Talk to you in private from now on, over and out.

  67. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    All francophone aircrew go on exchange programs to fly in Gabon and France,just to reduce conversion time and have them ready in case they have to upscale their fighter fleet to match threat levels, we should not be deceived that by the fact that those aircraft are not based around our borders. they also have equipment transfer and defence pacts with one another.

  68. Oje says:

    People like Augustine reads Tom Clancy novels about Romanticised air to air dogfights and thinks it’s applicable here.

    1. There most likely will never be an inter state war involving dogfights in Africa
    2. Inter state warfare is nearing extinction
    3. We will most likely have to conducts airstrike against non state actors than vise versa
    4. The Nigetian airforce is the only airforce in West Central Africa capable of conducting strike OPERTIONS CONSISYENTLY even with limited assets. We have experience in force deployment and strategic airlift in fiels s of operations 200 miles AWAY FROM Nigeria. The NA have seen combat in S-Leone and Liberia. We’ve seen the most use of HELICOPTER gunships, weVe seen the use of armed Drones, aerial recoinaissance, vector in forces. Angola hs nothing even close to this experience in capability. You can buy SU-30 flanker nd hire bulgarian pilots, who cares relay?

    • hannibal says:

      You love categorizing people, putting them in packets and putting a label on them so that you send them along a route defined by you FEQ style….that style causes friction. All what you said would have still been valid and sensible and discussable without the first sentence.

    • Roscoe says:

      Oje… I have to agree with hannibal some here, No need to move against people so directly even if you do not agree with their style or their logic, we can disagree and still be civil.

    • AOk says:

      @ Chief Oje- No combat air to air dogfights in Africa? Ethiopia Versus Eritrea. Late 1990s to early 2000s.

      Also, the only recorded female fighter pilot to shoot down a Mig 29 from her Su-27 dog fighting also occurred during that period.
      Going to your point also, why bother spending billions training NAF pilots when we can hire Bulgarian pilots? Why Bulgarian?

  69. lachit says:

    @hannibal and chyde

    i am already involved in something albit in a small way which i hope and wish will initiate private defence SMU/MMU industrial startups in nigeria by ordinary but talented and patriotic nigerians, by setting up a example.( unless an indian helping a nigerian is a problem 😀 unfortunately i dont give a darn about it as far as i am concerned )

    thanks for remembering
    and i will be always hereabouts reading ur comments
    take care

    • hannibal says:

      Thanks man, you are very gbaski.
      Agbajowo la fin soya, kafi owo we owo lowo fin mo…nobody beats his chest with one finger, one hand cant clean itself effectively, you rub the two hands together to get them clean. I dont know jack about war and war implements but i can lend some help with IT stuffs.

  70. abduleez says:

    its been a while i saw lachit’s comments, i think say him don sheymi…well, its good to see u again lachit, i really like ur constructive comments on military equipments

  71. Oje says:

    I am never afraid to speak my mind., and I see no comment I make go without it being rudiculed in one way or the other. I never chased Oga Lachit and he is back. You do not value the input I make as a Nigerian because it is not palatable, not politically correct and against protocol……but you jump with joy at what ever Lachit says. Smh,…I criticize or disagree with some of his points you waste no time calling me a troll, a divisionist, an American spy, a Jewish lobby,a war monger, or as Oga Lachit puts it an uneducated illiterate who doesn’t belong here……….Just because I don’t sing your song or shut up when Lachit speaks? What kind of compatriots are you guys?This is incredible. You just have to bring up Lachit on any post I make? One can’t even comment on so e thing begore turning it it turkey. Sure there are very mature and pragmatic people on here who refuse to indulge in your rigid, one sided and overtly scynical analytical game here.

    Oga James
    Oga free gulf
    Oga Ola
    Oga mcshegz.

    These are the guys who are non biased, pragmatic and realists. The rest of you should go a step further, build a wall and continue bashing anyone who speaks good of the west and evil of the east like the blog is your father’s property. One spends nearly 2G of data every week, doing research, getting info and posting my point of view here only to face the same ole senseless bashing. Definitely not wasting my time here..Oga Lachit you are in. I’m out. I will be an observer from now on If I make any more input or comment then you know I am not a man of integrity and dignity. Stupid waste of valuable time.

    • Sometimes u make me wonder……..u r surprisingly non tolerant of opinion’s contrary to your. and then u throw in a few insults and jabs along with your disagreement. no man is an island. You achieve nothing by leaving and you should not let people’s comments chase you but you should also be less confrontational and abusive. if you leave ur absence will be felt because while i may not always agree with you, you do make sense a lot of the time. this is not a place for everyone to come and tow a single line of though or action. the diversity is key.

      and I know you wont likr this part but u often sound a lot like igbi. So Oga Oje leave not. there’s plenty of room for you, just as there is room for modifying the way you express yourself, no need to imply pple are dumb jus cos they have a diff opinion. ciao

      • lachit says:

        i had replied only because a question was put directly to me.
        so i am out as i intend except for certain rare occasions
        “or as Oga Lachit puts it an uneducated illiterate who doesn’t belong here……….”
        that must be a CLONE of me who said that because i never posted such crap.

        to cut a long story short oje is better than me in almost all departments with the sole exception being HUMILITY,
        and as we all know nobody is perfect including me but no harm in trying to be better.


      • @ Lachit errrr…….. was not refering to you bruv. I was actualy addressing Oga Oje.

      • lachit says:

        @adetyos blog
        i know, man
        lolzzz i was referring to GOD almighty 😀 😀
        by the way how r u bro
        i am sure like a typhoon weaking havoc and creating all round confusion like katrina?? hehe say what 😀

      • @Lachit, unfortunately nothing that exciting. I mostly push paper, although i look for trouble occasionally. highlight of the last month was a bird watching trip

      • lachit says:

        avian species ?
        or the homosapien species ?

      • Hahahaha @Lachit, Avian Species………like broad billed roller, collared pranticole, rose ringed parakeet, black kite, etc had to list just in case u still had doubts lol

    • hannibal says:

      Why are you doing this me or lachit thing, it was never that. Lachit has been away for a while now and there has been bashing and counter bashing of your comments as its done to everyone else. So why play the victim card. You just told someone he gets all his ideas from Tom Clancy Novels, then you talk of people bashing you. Everyone’s idea is bashed and equally praised, why this melodrama. Lachit pulled out because he felt as a foreigner he feels he should not be a source of discord, you on your part are a bonafide Nigerian and what you are just doing is ‘running away’. You’ve bashed peoples ideas, others have bashed your and then you are leaving..That’s a shame. Stay and make your contributions if possible with a little less acid, and if you cant make your contributions without the acid, still make it because mature people should be able to handle online jabs. Its only an idiot that would think your commenting after you said you will not means you are not a man of integrity and dignity…thats bullshit, and useless machismo…no one is impressed. Even God changes his mind.
      And if you think its still a waste of your valuable time, then save more time by not observing at all.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Oje. I respect your hustle sir
      Oga, your contributions are highly respected and valued in this community, anybody who says otherwise is been insincere and cavalier with the truth.
      I have learnt a lot on Beegeagles Blog as we all have over the years, whether as spectators or as contributors, i believe i have matured a lot too in my short time on this space; which is why i know that its just too easy and simplistic to discard ideas and suggestions as irresponsible merely because no other people say it but just one. It takes guts, stamina, and courage to believe in an idea so truly as to stick one’s neck out despite the barrage and opposition; that’s never an easy feat; one’s will can easily get broken this way.
      This is why, I for one, Oga salute your doggedness, and tenacity for your believes and ideas. It is indeed inspiring.
      Oga, abeg. Carry on . No mind anybody joor 🙂

  72. abduleez says:

    I saw a video in proforce defence website: Nigerian Army Delegates Visit To Proforce Armouring Facility…and proforce manager meeting with Buhari at Aso Rock early july…seems something is in d pipeline…probably proforce defence is in PMB’s plan for Nigeria Military Industrial Complex. I Just hope he makes a policy a.s.a.p to support this company as follows
    1. put a ban on the police and all other security agencies {SSS, NPF, NSCDC} from importing APC’s which can b produced here. All APC must b bought at home
    2. Inject some money in that company for expansion of capacity and mass production. say $500,000-$1mn not too small or too big. u will still get some money frm taxation.
    3. Make a collaboration with DICON to produce/ joint produce the IGIRIGI with licensing (we can’t just wait for the underfunded military to do this alone, we need PPP). That will provide some funds for them to think up an upgrade and add-ons (C3 and more ruggedness)
    4. Since PMB now romanticize with deadlines, we can give them a little(no offense). Give-me-an-international-standard-IFV after a year of successful Igirigi II APC. To be inducted in d military. Development and upgrades continues.
    5. Draw a plan nd road map for foreign market exports (other African Countries)
    6. Another plan for Market Promotion. They need to start going to other countries military trade fair for promoting of products( pf2, igirigi & IFV). we can’t just sit at home and wait for buys in a country where the love for imports they their blood, even new born baby dey shout for imported milk!! Imagine importation of toothpick n police baton ( KONDO OLOPA)!!!
    7. Maybe u can also give them some tax holidays or better still tax reduction since they r d pioneering local defense company.
    8. I see the company wants to produce UAV’s. Why not include them in existing uav platforms and tinker with them (gulma, amebo). also upgrades: loiter time, range, altitude, endurance and improved sensors:- FLIR, TV, NVG
    9. One other thing which must b looked is procurement & induction of products into d security services. They mustn’t put all eggs in one basket only looking at the military alone. They should also look at other security agencies and also think of civilian versions.
    That way the company will b building a name and pedigree for themselves and future products (UAV’s). You can see it manifesting as they sell APC’s to UN.
    The company has a capacity for producing 300 armored vehicles annually. if only d police, sss & nscdc are to buy APC’s nd other armored vehicles from them it far outnumbers what the company can produce annually talkless of state govts also buying armored vehicles for their police.(thats were d funds for expansion and mass production comes frm). Thats how u build a military industrial complex.

    • Are James says:

      Let me just temper with the following words;
      Proforce is not a 100% manufacturer of armoured vehicles. It is an armourer of existing vehicles and within the limitations of good design, production planning and industry management it can manufacture already ‘developed’ armoured vehicles to a level I estimate as 65% local value added if challenged and encouraged. There are key areas of engines, gear box, drive train, armour plate, ballistic fibre material , shaped-charge-resistant v-hulls, chassis design and manufacture that require substantial local work and investments to make a fully local vehicle. With government encouragement all these can be achieved through reverse engineering and international partnerships within 2 years.

      • eyimola says:

        And they dont own any of the designs as well which is critical when examining the technical abilities of an organisation. Proforce will come good in time, but not at the moment, and certainly not when the country is at war

      • well i think Proforce probably owns the designs or at least has licenses for the body designs of their vehicles. whats more dicey are the patents but a lot of the tech they use has been around a while, the lifespan of a patent is 20 years after which its a free for all. if we work right am sure we can come up with more indigenous APCs and improve on the IGIRI

      • eyimola says:

        The Igirigi is a licensed version of the Canadian Couger. I genuinely dont believe any company can go directly from assembly to manufacturing of Armoured Cars

      • IN which case we would have to start from ground up and wait a couple of years. Or pick a large vehicle for its chasis, reinforce said chasis and build a body on it. Suspension can be gotten from a number of sources, same for engine and transmission………at the end sha na only body we build so its still more like assembly than manufacturing. we should proly start with tooling spares rather than buying and move up from there piece by piece

  73. abduleez says:

    LOL…”oje often sounds a lot like igbi”….na trouble na dey find ooo… maybe in some ways (no offense), but oga oje seems to have a score or two to settle with oga Lachit. Oga oje u can stay ooo, just that make u chill out small with oga Lachit

  74. abduleez says:

    @ oga are james, i respect ur hustle. I know that it is not 100% manufacturer, more to do with up-armoring. Not all defense equipments these days r 100% in-house, its just about the level of local tech input( maybe except some Russian equipments). what i was trying to put out is how to help this company stand out and stimulate our defense industry with its operations. Nigeria still needs heavy investments on defence components : flir, electronics, avionics, integrated circuits, engines, gear boxes etc. some of these can be achieved as u said within 2 yrs. if we have two to three defence companies like this we can build our defence industry around them. Think of other components that will b made for just one equipment. it all boils down to how serious our govt are, also d universities n other academias should b involved.. but for all this things to happen u need ajaokuta or new steel making companies to be running, thus creating a spin-off for economic n technological development.

  75. lachit says:

    one small info i wanted to share before i go
    IGIRIGI overall combat weight is a issue while operating over certain terrain leading to sinking in soft soil.other bloggers can confirm it if they want.
    i have a suggestion/remedy for it,
    Mobility is measured by a system’s freedom of movement ie % of the terrain over which the vehicle is travelling and its average speed or travel time over that terrain. A platform’s gross vehicle weight and its footprint (the area of track or tire which impacts the ground) determine the resultant ground pressure that the platform imparts on the soil.
    higher the ground pressure faster the platform will sink into the ground.
    if we oversimplfy pressure=thrust/area
    so increasing the area will decrease the pressure on the ground.
    so using much broader tires all linked to a Central Tire Inflation System will solve the problem 80%.
    The central tire inflation system controls air pressure in each tire to improve performance on different surfaces, also known as Tire Pressure Control Systems (TPCS).
    these 2 have to be optimized and fine tuned to minimize re-engineering and production costs.
    it sounds simple but will take time.
    or better still a tracked varient of IGIRIGI can be designed for off road operations.
    SOILS TRAFFICABILITY is a study area for military to improve mobility.

    well this wil do for now could not stop myself
    bye and take care

  76. abduleez says:

    @ oga are james, i respect ur hustle. I know that proforce is not 100% manufacturer, more to do with up-armoring. Not all defense equipments these days r 100% in-house, its just about the level of local tech input( maybe except some Russian equipments). what i was trying to put out is how to help this company stand out and stimulate our defense industry with its operations. Nigeria still needs heavy investments on defence components : flir, electronics, avionics, integrated circuits, engines, gear boxes etc. some of these can be achieved as u said within 2 yrs. if we have two to three defence companies like this we can build our defence industry around them. Think of other components that will b made for just one equipment. it all boils down to how serious our govt are, also d universities n other academias should b involved.. but for all this things to happen u need ajaokuta or new steel making companies to be running, thus creating a spin-off for economic n technological development.

    • lachit says:

      flir, electronics, avionics, integrated circuits will take atleast a decade or more for total indeginisation even if full scale R&D is started now.
      if u use COTS technology u will still be prone to tech denial/sanctions but u will be able to put forth in-country customised/integrated flir, electronics, avionics, integrated circuits withen 5 years or less.also tooling equipments and production facilities will have to be developed in-house because no country will supply these.u can use dual use equipments but these have to be customised extensively.
      best bet is to revamp the high education university level to churn out qualified and practically in addition to theoritically trained phd level people.

      depending on type : engines, gear boxes is feasible withen 6-7 years but add 2-3 years of trial since any first of a kind equipment developed in-country will have to go through a lengthy is a global norm for any new product rolling off after productination.

      everything u said is possible but the timeframe required is little more than u suggested

  77. Oje says:

    So you know I have been diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)

    • lachit says:

      look bro
      i fight with my brother all the time
      but does it mean we end it all.
      we go without talking for months but sooner or later we make up.

      u got to let go as i did,
      i never had a grudge against u.
      maybe i was mad at u for a day or 2 but on the third day i was itching to come back.
      and forget it all.
      i delayed it because it was very embrassing and did not want to look like a dork .
      i dont want u to make the same mistake.
      we r thousands of km apart so whats the point.
      anyways atleast we both agree on one thing that is aliens 😀

      and take care

      ps: do u really suffer from bpd.
      what r the symptoms.
      might need it someday 😀

    • CHYDE says:

      Oje no offense intended but take a chill pill, no one is victimising you, but keep in mind that we all on this blog come from different backgrounds hence different views, disagreeing is not hatred, it only helps us relate better with each other. Peace bro

      • Oje says:

        Yeah, but now I can’t even say my mind. I have to edit, cut, edit, cut all in the hopes I won’t be labelled a spy. Suck.

  78. Kay says:

    Lest we forget,a bid by the owners of the Casspir and M26 Puma to build their MRAPS in Nigeria fell through last year. I’m hoping to maybe see some kind of efforts (local or joint international) towards building these type of vehicles here in Nigeria. Certainly beats the use of IFVs in this type of warfare.

    • Ola says:

      I’m happy their deal fell through, at least for the Puma. DynCorp International, the main company behind that vehicle has a track record of massive corruption and tax evasion everywhere they go. In US, SA, Iraq and Mozambique. Why should every thief be wanting to come to do business in Nigeria? I am sure the NA has enough experience to offer a significantly upgraded and better performing Igirigi. Actually, the NA needs 3 lines of vehicles, tracked and none tracked IFVs with 30 mm cannons, regular APCs for secure troop transport and scout cars. The operations of BMPs, BTRs, Cascavel, e.t.c With Igirigi serving as the test bed, Nigeria should be able to build three line of none tracked vehicles.
      1. 6 or 8 wheel platform like the Ratel, or Cascavel equipped with 105 mm main gun (some tank killer!) and 30 mm cannon. Troop transport variants can also be made like the Urutu or BTR ranges. Believe me, experiences from servicing the NA fleet and building Igirigi would help. Yes we don’t make steel, but military grade steel can be sourced from so many suppliers out there.
      2. A troop transport like the Igirigi but with slightly longer and wider wheel base. Equiped with 30mm and or two turrets (fore and aft) equiped with Kord machine gun or NSV. Variants with auto turrets and grenade launchers should be made too and this should be for troop deployment right into the heart of hot zones
      3. Scout cars, the size of Otokar Cobra or even Panhard VBL.
      NA engineers have enough experience servicing similar vehicles in their fleet, countries like Brazil would partner Nigeria in developmental programmes for platforms like this.

      Believe me, Nigeria can do all these if they chose to, the in house experience can concurrently produce these three lines of vehicles in one year. Nigeria needs to stop or significantly reduce the importation of APCs and IFVs.
      Steel, gun turrets, drive systems can all be sourced from outside and put together in house. All the engineers need to do is design something, put the resources together, put their prototypes through it’s pace and adjust the design back and forth till it suits the design purpose.

  79. jimmy says:
    The head of NIGERCOMSAT met with the No.1 Soldier and his public words on the use of Communication interface with asymmetric warfare is honestly giving me a lot of hope that this CDS IS A BREATH OF fresh air. QUOTE ” We need you” WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER
    This is the stuff that FIRST WORLD COUNTRY know very well.I am being cautious but hopeful that the Nigerian MILITARY WILL WORK VERY CLOSELY with the egg heads in the satellite community, I was also very pleased to see some NAF OFFICIALS there.
    The job of the CDS has been brought into sharp focus during this bh insurgency and Nigerians would hope to see a vast improvement over the previous occupant

  80. Ola says:

    The country does not need to manufacture everything, with ingenuity, a lot of things can be done. Imagine what you can achieve if given the chasis and drive system of a Mack Titan or Volvo A35E? Think of what can be configured on these bases if the army chooses to?

  81. Kennymontee says:

    I have been lurking and reading this blog for 3 years now and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with Beeg’s knowledge of Nigerian Military.Also I can’t forget the wonderful insights of the posters here.I believe the military brass observes this space because the wealth of defsec knowledge dropped here is very tangible.I also like to orderly/ gentlemanly way of discussion carried out by posters. Gives me hope that we have sane Nigerians that can all get along irrespective of differences.

  82. abduleez says:

    @ Oga Ola true talk….no b everything we need to make…we want reliable self sufficiency in some defence procurement and for exports afterwards we are in full development….

    oga Lachit since u back can u intimate me more on the tejas n bout the upgrade mk2..i read on one site it was initially 300 km range? n more of The interceptor role..and how does it fair against other jets i.e jf-17 thunder

  83. Oje says:

    I have received several private messages asking me to reconsider. Then I received one email from one prominent due to popular demand I am forced to reconsider my decision.

    • rugged7 says:

      You guys sure crack me up…

    • Are James says:

      @Oje your decision is hereby commended.
      I don’t really mind your pro American posts. You are trying to bring the same progressive ‘ can do’ and ‘ hire and fire ‘ attitude to Nigeria which I think is long overdue in national life.

  84. rugged7 says:

    China’s First Drone War Is Here
    Well, that should actually read: Nigeria’s drone wars…

    • Sir Kay says:

      Boko Haram controlled much of North East Nigeria? wow, i didn’t know that. These idiot reporters should do a better home work

    • mcshegz says:

      David Axe of is apparently either confused and lazy or just simply drunk off his fictional graphic novel that his hangover clearly spews into this poorly edited op-ed. For an individual who supposedly considers himself a journalist, he seems to lack the necessary will power needed to check and cross-check facts in order not to mislead readers; which is why i alluded to his hangover from fiction writing, because who needs facts when all one says and describes is entirely derived from one’s head.
      Contrary to the verifiable facts, David Axe of as at August 11 2015 says:
      “apparently helping Abuja’s military battle the deadly Boko Haram extremist group, which controls much of northeastern Nigeria”

      There has been not a single time since the beginning of this war that areRams have ever controlled much of northeastern Nigeria, let alone as at August 11 2015?

      “the camera-equipped CH-3 is a “a capable system. Not cutting edge, but capable,” according to Peter W. Singer”

      but later in the article says:

      “Some U.S. officials worry that Chinese drones could beat out American models on the world market and give authoritarian regimes and U.S. rivals access to the same high-tech capabilities that Washington would prefer to belong only to America’s closest allies.”

      So i ask, how can you call the CH-3 not-cutting edge, but in the same breathe refer to China and America offering same high-tech drone capabilities? I TAYA O
      This is coming from a country that according to RT.COM has reportedly crashed more than 400 large military drones since 2001.

      Mr. David Axe goes on to spew the regular rainbows and sunshine BS about America being the land of international law, and as such is responsible for securing human rights across the globe which is why countries like Nigeria were not sold drones.
      As David Axe is an American, i understand.
      As per me being a Nigerian; abeg, free me.

      • rugged7 says:

        It’s just crazy right?
        The journalistic propaganda is terribly irritating.
        I searched for that chap on twitter to give him a piece of my mind…

  85. Oje says:

    Oga Lachit, be careful what you wish for. BPD can be the worse thing that ever happens to you, you cannot hide away from it. It’s one step away from depression. It will ruin your social life and force you into drugs. I resorted to taking Codeine just to put my emotions in check. You do not need that.

    • rugged7 says:

      Hmmm. Tramadol would have been a better bet…
      Anyway, try slow down on the pills.
      All the oyibo people i work with are on one pill or the other.
      Let’s just say, it doesn’t make for a good working environment…

  86. Oje says:

    Oga Rugged, do you agree that the Nigerian airforce is the most cable and battle tested airforce in Wext/Central Africa? Nigeria is the 3rd country to use “arned drones” in ctul combat.

    • rugged7 says:

      I would posit that the NAF has done a relatively good job on the platforms they have.
      BUT then, if you set low levels or thresholds for yourself; of course you will beat them.
      In the Next 10 to 30 years, “all things being equal”, Nigeria should become a pre-eminent power demographically, economically, financially, technologically and militarily.
      I still think they are punching far below their optimal potentials…

  87. lachit says:

    i had previouly stressed on the need to increase investments in nigerian space capability like satellite etc for multimedia, communication, military etc.
    the benefits are many both strategic and commercial.

    i came to know that over the next 2 years India’s Antrix Corp will supply a varient of the GSAT-7 multufunction satellite equipped with a MIL-SATCOM payload plus a ballistic missile warning system sensor specifically for the gulf countries (GCC) collective integrated air-defence network, along with a customised ground control station that will be located in the UAE. Options call for two more such satellites to be supplied by India. All these satellites will be launched by Arianespace.
    also the UAE, on behalf of the GCC, will also be contracting Antrix Corp for procuring two exact replicas of the RISAT-1 overhead military reconnaissance satellites, & their ground control station. The PSLVs will launch them.

    do u see the strategic leverage india has gained over the arab countries due to her space capabilities viv a vis her western neighbour.

    nigeria needs to follow suit to wield similiar strategic and commercial advantages in africa.

    i will reply to u later where i will stress on the technical parameters so that u can make the decision yourselve regarding both the aircrafts.


  88. Oje says:

    Africa is noT a military region in that sense, there is zero threat of a ballistic missile attack, besides Nigeria already has 5 Sattelites in orbit, with a 6th one planned for December.more so than the rest of Africa combined.

  89. Oje says:

    War in the Korean peninsular is imminent.

    • Sir Kay says:

      Well boss, i think it depends on the offense they’ve been accused of. For those soldiers who actually fired at their superior officer back then, no way those guys should be ever recalled, that was a bad call they made, no matter how bad things get, you don’t open fire on your superiors.
      You recall them back now, then that sheet is bound to happen again.
      Heck that was attempted murder of a superior, if it actually happen that is

  90. mcshegz says:

    National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) under the aegis of Federal Ministry of Science and Technology wants alleged governmental non-corporators prosecuted if found purchasing satellite images elsewhere without first recourse to Nigeria’s Space Agency.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Here we go again, They should go out and complete like any body else, We go this way , we revert back to “NITEL style” monopoly,hence the countries commercial activities market closes up, the reduction in private investment, we end our position as Africa largest economy. I hope he is referring to government entities, but this style does not encourage perfection ( same said they did not have capability to provide useful coverage for sambisa during Military Ops)

    • Sir Kay says:

      Prosecute? smh. Compete, innovate and showcase what you’ve got, the media and social media is your friend., and they will patronize you, not put a gun at their heads and force them to patronize ya.

  91. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Sorry typo ” go out and compete”

  92. jimmy says:

    I have been visiting a well known blog that caters to the Nigerian Military and pictures posted by BIdexii have started to show a real push towards communications from the NA RADIO SIGNAL CORP
    This is truly a step up in acknowledgment that the NA is sensitive to what we on this blog have been disclosing that in order to end this war first class communication equipment between the SOLDIERS in the field and behind the front lines is crucial.
    For this I give MAXIMUM PROPS.
    may the souls of the two soldiers from the EOD WHO LOVES THEIR LIVES REST IN PEACE
    i also want to wish the two other soldiers who were seriously injured a speedy recovery.
    Vertical envelopment by the NAF and ambushes BY THE NA AND SF is making life a living hell for BH, this week has been a bloody one for them.

    • Deway says:

      We’ve always had those backstrapped radios even during the ECOMOG campaigns. The technology is certainly not new to the NA. May be we say that we say we never had enough.

      • jimmy says:

        oga Deway
        Much respect for your comments
        Nigeria has had radios going back to the Civil war in abundance, one of the biggest problems of this conflict was communications,
        There is a very important reason leading up to q2 june / july 2015 why Soldiers were allowed to carry their personal phones
        Draw your own conclusions.

      • Deway says:

        Quite agree Oga Jimmy.

      • Are James says:

        NA spent big bucks on field comms some years back. Pretty good comms engineers and training too. I don’t know the level in cryptography though.

    • Sir Kay says:

      Thanks Oga Jimmy, that link was awesome, tons of pics of NA activities on there.

    • Are James says:

      Clever but amateurish attempt at a car booby trap at the 1:37 Aug. 20 post of the link.
      I don’t know who the Boko’s think they are dealing with, …Boys Scouts? .
      Nonsense and ingredients. !!!.

  93. mcshegz says:

    Iran unveils a new solid-fuel precision-guided missile, named Fateh 313, which has been designed and manufactured by experts at the Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization.
    The new state-of-the-art rocket with a range of 500 kilometers was unveiled during a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday marking National Defense Industry Day in the presence of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and a number of senior Iranian officials.

  94. rugged7 says:

    Textron AirLand – Scorpion Light Strike/ISR Fighter

    • Oje says:

      Textron should keep their jet, we don’t want. We want Flankers .

    • Ola says:

      Honestly, Nigeria has enough inferior jets in their arsenal, they don’t need more. NAF should rather upgrade their advanced trainers for now and use them for both pilot training and a stop gap measure for ground attack aircrafts. 2 squadrons of Yak-130 can be added to the advanced trainers in store. I still believe the way to go for NAF is to associate with a family of aircraft, Defining a squadron of 18 for fighter wings, NAF should reach out for 2 squadrons of NEW SU-25 for ground attack and 2 squadrons of SU-30 modified to NAF needs for air superiority, the super manoeuvrability and endurance of this would help counter or limit and fighter threat in the skies of Nigeria. After these have been achieved, Nigeria should reach for a squadron of modernised MiG-31 as interceptors and cream of the NAF arsenal. You store up these kind of birds and fly them routinely for training, surveillance and warm up.
      NAF should also think of acquiring 2 tankers and 2 AWACS.
      The threats of the future to NAF would mainly come from;
      1. Insurgents and elements around Nigeria and you need potent ground attack aircraft for close troop support and ground attacks.
      2. Threats of bombers from NATO, in case Nigeria ever threatens their interests, Nigeria needs interceptors, good ground radar stations, AWACS as well as capable friends to keep this kind of threat at bay.
      Until Nigerian armed forces (NA, NN and NAF) become a deterrent force, Nigeria will not be safe.

  95. Oje says:

    Let us not shortchange our selves and settle for less. As Africa’s foremost economic power we need the best of the bedt, doubly so when we are at war. Think about it , a GDP of $1 trillion when measured in PPP, an oil reserve of 40 BILLION (estimated value using today’s exchange rate $6 trillion), a foreign reserve at $40 billion and the motivating factor of being at war and being ridiculed by dirt poor bad belle neighbors..what is going on here? In 1985 we flew 4th Gen fighters equipped with some of the most advanced air to air and air to ground missiles. We had a Navy with new Frigates with an air arm skilled in anti submarine warfare. We went into S-Leone and Liberia and kicked ass without asking anyone for help or permission. We had a thriving local defence production industry and even built an i degenous aircraft-the air beattle,….and we did not spend a fraction of what we do today on defence. In 10 Years we spent $10 billion on successful operations in troubled West African countries. In 2 years we’ve spent close to that amount on security in Nigeria today yet we cannot boast of having modern equipments for the airforce other than buying hand me down Alpha jets two at a time? The Nigerian army is switching from AK-47 Tpro the Polish made Berill assault rifle and guess how many units was purchased -that’s right, 800. Eight hundred rifles for an army if 200 thousand men. I bet you in no time you will hear a unit of this rifle cost $3000 apiece. Just look at Boko Haram. We have them on the run, rather than build momentum we are waiting for a multinational task force of 8000 men, so when boko haram is finally wiped out history will give credit to a coalition of neighbouring countries who did a fantastic job where the Nigerian army faltered. Meen I tire fir this country…….and when that one ends the Niger Delta boys go start their own again. Anybody who is not angry and frustrated cannot be considered a patriot.

    • chynedoo says:

      Oga Oje, nostalgia is a bad thing. In 1985, we still had a rag-tag wobbly military not very different from the boys scouts we have today. Again, the Nigerian military did not kick arse in Sierra Leone. I suppose you only talk about Sierra Leone post May 25 coup but you also forgot the embarrassment Nigeria suffered in the hands of the rebels who overwhelmed Nigerian forces guarding the Sierra Leonean state house, and the Mammy Yoko Hotel.
      To be honest, our military has always been under-equipped, under-motivated, under-trained, under-utilised, and the worst part of it is the within the military itself, it is simply a terribly divided institution that completely lack innovation and foresight. Nigeria officially has had a standing army long before 1960 yet it took initiative from apartheid era-PMCs to establish a strike force in the NE. Why didn’t all MOD think a strike force, or a small group of highly mobile hunter-killer squad was necessary for the NE to keep the BH rams on the edge?
      There are so many things wrong with the mentality of the military high command, the officer corps, and this robs off terribly on the junior ranks. They say there is nothing like a bad army but rather you have bad officers. Our officer corps is where we need to start to change things in the army. So far all that we have been doing is focus on the junior ranks without particularly paying attention to the officer corps. The officer corps are the engine room of any military if you populate the officer corps with the most brilliant, tactically sound, and technically aware set of brilliant, committed and patriotic army, then Nigeria would simply get things right militarily.
      Our politicians appear not to respect the opinion of the military high command because these politicians know the inside story which many Nigerians don’t, they know that many of the officers in officer corps were simply there because of the ‘Nigerian system’ which scoffs at any form of meritocracy, a system that bypasses brilliant first class officers for the ones who are willing to play ball, the officers willing to be at the beck and call of our political class.
      Solution: Build a brilliant officer corps, and watch the Nigerian military grow rapidly and move in the right direction. When you have officers who perfectly understand all areas of military tactics, weapons systems, threats and precise actions required, then issues like procurement, equipping the forces, localisation of weapons manufacturing, training, and logistics would all fall in place like the fine pieces of a jigsaw!

  96. zachary999 says:

    “In July 2006, Nigeria placed a contract with Alenia Aermacchi to upgrade 12 MB-339A aircraft to the MB-339CD standard.”
    “The MB-339 has the capability to carry a wide variety of US and Nato standard external stores under six wing hardpoints.
    The weapons inventory includes: DEFA 30mm gun (125 rounds in each pod); anti-runway bombs; BAP-100 or BAT-120 tactical support bombs; rocket launchers for 50mm, 68mm, 81mm and 2.75in rockets; LAU-10a for US 127mm rockets or TB-100-4 launchers for French 100mm rockets; up to two Raytheon Maverick air-to-ground missiles; Matra BAe Dynamics Magic or AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles; and Alenia MK-2A Marte air-to-ship missile.”

    Please someone tell the CAS that we need this aircraft back quickly.. NAF should pay up and get them back to Kano for advanced fighter training/COIN operations.

  97. Oje says:

    Oga Chynedoo your postulating are inaccurate. Let’s not forget only 11,000 Nigetian soldiers were involved in both operations. You do not understand the sheer complexity in carrying out and sustaining operations miles away from base. The South Africans lost 13 soldiers in the CAR and they high tailed back to Pretoria. When Charlse Taylor was butchering civilians and laid seize to the Presidential palace the Western Powers as usual showed scant interest in the tragedy unfolding in Liberia, leaving West African states to scramble a sub-regional response. Don’t forget also that before the military moved in several high level diplomatic mediation was arranged by IBB, but Taylor being the arrogant SOB he is had no incentive to commit to a peace process, he controlled %90 of the country after all. Well I’m sure IBB didn’t expect the conflict to spill into S-leone, this is when the shit hit the fan. Nigeria’s muscular approach was condemned by the West when the RUF invaded S-leone prompting Nigetian forces to fight on two fronts, do you honestly think that was an easy feat to accomplish?

    With another front opening in S-leone Nigeria’s military high command in Lagos called for an entire amoured brigade and 15,000 more troops to be deployed, this drew sharp rebuke and protest from Ghana who alleged Nigeria had an hegemonictic agenda. But Babangida, keen to blunt perceptions of ECOMOG being a Nigerian show (there was already considerable disquiet started by ghaba within West African capitals over Nigeria’s overwhelming dominance within ECOMOG), offered to deploy 1,200 Nigerian troops instead in return for Sierra-Leone’s continued commitment to ECOMOG’s Liberia mission. So if Nigerian troops were in the S-Leoni an state house it was because Nigerian forces were spread to thin and few not because of incompetence. Without the sacrfise of Nigeria West Africa will be in turmoil. We pulled it off, lost a thousand men and spent $10 billion, yet we never got a THANK YOU note or commendation from the West,

  98. Sir Kay says:

    Attempted Ambush: Troops Kill 10, Arrest 5 Terrorists

    Troops Kill 10 Terrorists in Attempted Ambush of Security Convoy The Chief of Army Staff (COAS ), Lieutenant General Tukur Y Buratai today visited troops at Mafa, Dikwa and Logomani. At 112 Task Force Battalion location Mafa, he commended the troops and enjoined them to continue to be hardworking and dedicated. In a related development, the leading column was ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Faljari village between Mafa and Dikwa. The terrorists encountered an overwhelming fire power from the troops in which 10 of them were killed. The troops captured five terrorists. During the encounter, sadly, we lost a soldier, while an officer and four soldiers sustained gun shot wounds. The arrested terrorists have been sent for interrogation while the remains of the gallant soldier and the wounded soldiers were evacuated back to Maiduguri. The wounded soldiers are stable and responding to treatment at 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services. At Dikwa, the COAS interacted with a mammoth crowd of internally displaced persons where he assured them of their safety. Thereafter, he addressed some elements of 112 Battalion in which he told them that the Boko Haram terrorists should not have any freedom of action or movement within their area of responsibility. At Logomani, where troops of 7 Division Strike Group where refitting, he informed them that Nigerians are very proud of them. It should recalled that the unit recaptured Dikwa and now heading to the next objective. He also said that he was adequately briefed by the GOC 7 Div about their problem. He also delivered President Buhari’s goodwill message. One interesting aspect of the visit was that Nigerian Air Force led by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal SB Abubakar gave air cover and conducted armed air reccoinaissance on the general area. While the IDPS were excited with presence of the COAS , troops at various locations were equally in high spirit and good to go. The troops indicated their readiness to carry out assigned tasks. Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations

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