BOKO HARAM: NAF CONDUCT 1448 SORTIES IN FOUR MONTHS; DEPLOY 300 SPECIAL FORCES COMMANDOS

October 28, 2015
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had between July and October 2015 conducted a total of 1448 air sorties in support of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the northeast and also deployed over 300 ground troops from its special forces to fight along with the Army in the field.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed this on Wednesday when he received in audience officials of the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) led by the Executive Director, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd) who paid him courtesy visit in his office.

The Air Force, he said, is doing everything possible to see how peace can be restored in the troubled areas as soon as possible. According to him, the air component is fully integrated in the counterinsurgency operation plans and as such, NAF is using different aircrafts in its arsenal including F-7NI, Alpha Jet, C-130 AC, Agusta 109 LUH, Mi-35, Mi-24, Mi-17, Super Puma Helicopters, among others to carry out logistics support, reconnaissance and combat operations.

“Where ever the army is going in the battlefield, we give them the air support, provide intelligence and clear the ground for them to operate optimally. There are challenges no doubt but God willing, we will meet the expectations of the people and the deadline given by the Commander-in-Chief as the government is giving us necessary support and encouragement”, he stated.

Air Marshal Abubakar expressed his appreciation to the Centre for Crisis Communication for the important job they are doing in trying to streamline and harmonize crisis information in the country for effectiveness noting that information management is critical to success or otherwise of military operations especially the counter insurgency operation embarked upon by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“If you manage information well, you kill the morale of the enemies,” he opined. He disclosed further that NAF has embarked on a number of quick impact projects in the north east aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people. In this regard, it has provided medical facilities including clinics, medical laboratories, medical wards and drugs. It has sunk boreholes, provided 50,000 liters overhead tanks, constructed toilet facilities and shelters for internally displaced persons in the north east.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd) briefed the Chief of Air Staff on the mandates of the Centre and congratulated NAF for the good work it is doing in the north east while condoling it on the death of a number of its officers in a couple air crashes in the course of the operations. He assured the CAS of the Centre’s willingness to partner its information department to bring to public knowledge the various efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian Air Force.

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59 Responses to BOKO HARAM: NAF CONDUCT 1448 SORTIES IN FOUR MONTHS; DEPLOY 300 SPECIAL FORCES COMMANDOS

  1. rka says:

    Nigerian Airforce to Establish Operations Base in Bauchi
    http://allafrica.com/stories/201510291943.html

    This should increase the sortie rate when more bases and platforms are nearer the action.

  2. if only we give these fly boys the right platforms and munitions in the right quantities………………

  3. asorockweb says:

    That equates to about 10 sorties a day.

    10 sorties a day is low considering that the war is in one’s own country and that 100 hundreds of people are being killed every month.

    I guess it’s part of the new “world order” that poor countries fight wars with 2 hands tied behind their backs.

    Leaders in Africa, Asia and the mid-east most realize that their main task is creating an enabling environment that allows their people to prosper. The most important part of this enabling environment is security.

  4. mcshegz says:

    JANES.COM: Yemen’s third anti-ship missile attack in as many weeks sink third Saudi warship.
    This was the third time the group claimed to have launched an attack on a naval vessel operated by the Arab coalition that is fighting to reinstall the president. It was also the first such occurrence to be accompanied by footage purportedly showing the targeted warship and the missile being launched.
    Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, the spokesman for the Yemeni military units allied to Ansar Allah, told Al-Masirah, the missile had hit the middle of the vessel and destroyed it. He added that any naval vessels approaching Yemen’s coast would meet a similar fate.

  5. Capt Tobias says:

    NAF destroys the enemies assets with numerous sorties, but the ground forces (Army) must be in coordination to take ground or exploit the gaps created in the enemies capabilities

  6. Ola says:

    Apologies for the diversion, but I found this commendable.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34665876

    For this list to have been made, it shows that the state internal security organs are working hard!

  7. gbash10 says:

    The issue of acquiring 4th Gen fighter jet is long over due, for the heavyweight,long-range air superiority fighter jet —the Sukhoi SU-35 and Shenyang J-16 with aesa radar and ToT
    for the light-weight fighter -JF-17 block 2/3 with ToT and
    for the advanced jet trainer/light attack – L-15 with ToT from the Chinese .
    For a dedicated attack helicopter – the TAI T-129 ATAK helicopter and Mi-35 attack helicopter;
    for transport helicopters – Mi-171 and Mi-26 T .

    • rugged7 says:

      Me, i don tire sef..
      At the back of my mind, i get the nagging feeling that someone upstairs doesn’t want this war to be finished with anytime soon.
      Otherwise, why is it this difficult to land significant platforms in this country??
      Surely it’s not rocket science?

  8. Kola Adekola says:

    I will keep repeating and strongly emphasising the opinion that the army should leave such talk to politicians.
    In the long run the perceptions caused by talk can be more damaging than victories won.

    Its better to be seen than to be heard.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      It is better to manage information by embedding select journalists to report the effort of real time battles, by providing sophisticated, high quality battlefront video’s; high quality maps; video’s of military manufacturing and research facilities etc.

      Civilians don’t understand words like “sorties”, especially when boko haram bombs are still blowing up the innocent on a daily basis.

  9. trigger says:

    okay… so I’ve been waiting for somebody to bring up the topic about this BH rocket-making factory.

    I KNOW IT’S PROPAGANDA, AND WE DON’T HELP TERRORISTS SPREAD PROPAGANDA ON THIS BLOG.

    Now with that said.

    but we need to discuss the technical and feasibility aspect of those rockets.

    Did anybody notice the fuze on those rocket? i remember somebody on this blog some time ago advocating for the FG and related agencies to master the production of Fuze, Pyrotechnics, Propellant e.t.c.

    now those rockets by BH looks ingenius, practical and workable.

    i just hope the FG takes note.

    • Sir Kay says:

      Have we seen them actually work? or what’s even in those things? shoot, could all be propaganda, I’ve seen the pics as well, either way, its still disturbing

    • lachit says:

      http://www.nairaland.com/attachments/3012338_fasd_jpegd5103d0fbf91a2b3789da04e9ea8ea53
      what fuze?
      if u look at the finished rocket sample u can see indications that the BH so called fuze is a simple contraption ie a simple striker assembly consisting of a firing pin aligned with a detonator. the firing pin is forced into the detonator at impact.
      or LOLZZZ😀 it could be a even simpler Lead break striker assembly with adjustable time delay, by varying the stength(size) of the lead restrainer.
      or LOLZZZ😀 it could be a even simpler firing pin merely restrained by a helical spring that resists the acceleration during launch, but not the forces imparted at impact with the target.

      problems( thank the gods😀 ):
      1.premature detonation due to crude fuzes or no detonation at all (expecting many BH to meet their maker during rocket launch😀 )
      2.inconsistent flight path or simply no flight path (expecting many BH to run to their deaths😀 )

      • lachit says:

        the BH rockets range will less than 3 kms.
        warhead less or around half kg.
        accuracy will depend on the mood😀 of the rockets.
        and the simple shape of the rocket makes it vernurable to even moderate cross winds after launch at the apex of its flight trajectory.
        bad machining of the rocket parts especially the nozzle part will led to explosion during the launch and boost phase.
        there will be many misfires due to crude ignition system.

        so alll in all it is a PR attempt and at best a terror weapon if fired enmassed at cities or at large civilian population

    • saleh says:

      An important fact in this rocket making story is that if the rockets were operational they would have started employing them, which is not yet the case (i hope it will never be). if the rockets were operational trust the terrorist to do a test fire on video. the attempts in rocket making also points to the fact they are low on munition and are trying to improvise.

  10. colloid says:

    “As an array of sensors will experience the same disturbance that produces similar wavelength changes, the system is able to instinctively know that it is not an intrusion. However, if at the same time an isolated area senses a disturbance which is unlike the rest, an alarm will be triggered”.
    http://armyrecognition.com/aphs_2015_news_online_show_daily_coverage/st_electronics_agilfence_is_a_new_perimeter_detection_systems_unveiled_at_aphs_43010152.html
    To those clamouring for #FenceNigeria’sBorders, i think this is a pointer to what template we can deploy. With the fencing, i would also recommend deployment of Automated Gun firing robot with “engagement” distance of 1km(atleast) on any intruder. This will checkmate the activities of cross border marauders/raiders. We should be concerned about Future warfare and should starts working to set our house in order. Our DEFSEC planning should be with both our neighbours and foreign “treats” in mind. We only plan for our immediate needs and that’s why BH has had a field day in NE. We never plan ahead–it’s in every sphere of our lives. We don’t do anything about our bad roads until we starts counting legs and hands that needed to be amputated before we do “something” on them. We believe in CURE than PREVENTION.
    Nigeria borders should be fenced.

    • The problem with the automated firing post is that it works best in a zone where no1 is expected to be. We have villages within the border areas and also nomadic herdsmen short of relocating them we are going to have many many civi deaths. Even if a human has his hand on the trigger, u can differentiate BH from a reg person by sight most times

  11. abduleez says:

    President Buhari don’t seem to me very serious on this mission #destroy_boko_December_deadline
    Few months ago he Said that NAF is virtually non-existent. ‘It is always easier said than done’. Is it those flying coffins NAF wants to use to exterminate those barbarians(BH). What is even worse we have no PGM’s, hence our pilot are easy picking for AA-Guns. All the visiting of Western nations after election what has been the substantial weaponry have they sent/ or what has been their financial support in order to prosecute the war. What are the benefits of his visits. Where are the ”weapons frm the shopping list”. we are confident of NA but which air cover do NAF wanna offer or strategic and offensive strikes its gonna offer to end this war..alpha jets, F7NI Airguard???? I am yet to see a visit to China and Russia or even a common thank you for the support during trying times when US and Other Western nations were busy blocking arms sales

    If NAF is non-existent then as the Chief of the Armed Forces you bring it to LIFE with modern day 4th Gen. Fighters and other Necessary platforms for the security and territorial integrity of the Country. All the western visits who amongst them is ready to part with their ” all important 4 gen. fighters ”
    He says he wants to fight Corruption in all sphere of the socio-economic sections of the country- How many defense secretary, defense ministry top officials has been prosecuted for misappropiation of funds and inflated platforms purchase ???
    He seems to be avoiding Russia as one Oga said here…. wetin US done provide, i never see but He(US) and UK won chop glory!!! I can’t blame them though coz we gave them the opportunity to do so. You have journalist and some uninformed citizens happy to hear the mention of the West in order for us to have success in this war- even sending boots to our country. Thats the mentality ”you cannot do it alone without the help and blessings of OYINBO (THE WEST). if we ain’t careful the West are going to rewrite history and take our glory!!! Buhari gave them that privilege with constant visiting and asking for help all the time…u no one help yourself?? I hope the Indian visit brings something substantial but na oil discussion sure pass!!

    What is even frustrating is that our President was a former General of the Nigerian Army, so he should have a grasp of the needed requirements and equipments for this war unlike the past ”corrupt administration”. So i expect more reasonable buys in defense acquisition and purchase and more power projection.

    My own na give me more than capable 4th gen. fighters, CAS dedicated jets, also possibly missile firing Frigates, Corvettes and mid range & long range SAM & PGM’s.. and i will forever be grateful!!!
    I might be wrong though….i stand to be corrected

    • Are James says:

      Thank you for this. The important thing here is we have yet to see any significant requirements fulfilment from Europe regarding our defence wishlists which we gathered and delivered to them in a rather boisterous and public manner a few months ago . I believe not even platoon level armaments have been delivered as we speak.

      Your post is very frank and it is important for the Presidents advisers to realise that period of goodwill for any new administration is just about 9 months or so . So don’t cast all bets on help from Europe in getting weapon systems to destroy BokoHaram in a timely manner. Europe is always a problem, there is institutional arrogance there that rivals Washington DC and they are gradually playing themselves out of relevance in the Middle East, far east and maybe Africa even.
      On the other hand, Russia has about two platforms that meet all our requirements so why don’t we go for it.
      Having said that I feel the days of poor supplies to the front are over. I am thinking there were a number of weaponry orders that were filled recently and new ones being made.
      The most strategic and pressing is changing the capability profile of the airforce.
      So that should be given the right emphasis,

  12. abduleez says:

    With all this Western inclination we should just as well kiss the SU-30 Flanker dream goodbye
    we should be waiting for watered down F-16’s for our protection

  13. abduleez says:

    With all this Western inclination we should just as well kiss the SU-30 Flanker dream goodbye
    we should be waiting for watered down F-16’s for our protection

    But with a defence Minister most likely DAMBAZAU I hope things are set Right

  14. trigger says:

    IF THIS CAN HAPPEN TO TAIWAN (TAIPEI). I WONDER HOW NIGERIA WOULD FARE IF WE BUY US-MADE HELICOPTERS.

    Grounded: Taiwan’s US-Made Attack Helicopter Fleet is Rusting Away Taiwan’s tropical climate may be too much for the AH-64E Apache gunship to handle.
    The Republic of China Army is currently investigating the grounding of the majority of its AH-64E Apache “Guardian” attack helicopters purchased from the United States, Taipei Times reports. The aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing has also dispatched a special task force to help identify the cause of the technical difficulties, which could be due to Taiwan’s “wet and high
    humidity climate, seasonal monsoon rains blowing salt- laden ocean water inland, or improper maintenance and handling by ground service crew,”according to the media
    report.
    Major General Huang Kuo-ming, commander of the Army
    Aviation Special Forces Command, stated that nine helicopters had to be grounded due to serious oxidation on metal components, which was discovered in the helicopters’ tail rotor gearboxes- made of a new aluminum-
    magnesium alloy. “We noticed rust corrosion developing in the tail rotor
    gearbox in March, and notified the US side of the problem at that time. They were quite concerned, and have advised our side to apply several remedial measures to counteract the corrosion,” Huang said at a news briefing this week. However, the recommended anti-rust measures were
    unsuccessful and the Taiwanese military began a comprehensive safety check of every single helicopter in September. “The procedure is still ongoing,” said Huang,
    adding that the safety checks should be completed by the end of November.
    Huang also stated that the current technical problems will
    neither interrupt the training schedule of pilots, nor delay the induction date of the attack helicopters. “We will
    formally commission the Apaches into service on schedule in early 2017,” he emphasized. In addition, to the nine helicopters grounded due to corrosion, twelve Apaches are also not operational due to missing spare parts, leaving only eight AH-64E Apache gunships operational. (One AH-64E was lost when it crashed into a three-story building during a training flight in bad weather conditions in April 2014.) The AH-64 Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. According to a The Diplomat
    analysis from December 2013: The Apache Guardian is armed with an M230 30mm chain gun, which can fire up to 625 high-explosive dual-purpose rounds per minute, and can be configured to carry AGM-114L “Hellfire” air-to- ground missiles (a total of 16 for anti-armor missions), AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air missiles, and Hydra 70 2.75-inch rockets.
    Among the many advantages of the AH-64E are its improved composite main rotor blades, which are 15cm longer than those used on older models, as well
    as a new tip design and General Electric T700- GE-701D engines, all of which give the aircraft improved aerodynamic performance. Boeing delivered a total of 30 attack helicopters to Taiwanbetween November 2013 and October 2014. Total acquisition costs were $2.53 billion, which, next to the helicopters, included 1,000 AGM-114L Hellfire missiles and 66 M299 Hellfire Longbow missile launchers.

    • lachit says:

      can happen to any platform.
      most weapon systems are designed to operate optimally in home country.
      take the example SU 30 mki , it suffered many environmental induced problems which had to rectified by indians at great expense.
      and which in turn benifitted the russians in expanding their su 30 sales to other countries with similiar climate by incorporating the modfications.
      (one of the reasons why russians allows india unrestricted access to sensitive technology unlike china etc)

      indigeneous solution is the therefor the only solution to such problems

  15. trigger says:

    IF THIS CAN HAPPEN TO TAIWAN (TAIPEI). I WONDER HOW NIGERIA WOULD FARE IF WE BUY US-MADE HELICOPTERS.

    Grounded: Taiwan’s US-Made Attack Helicopter Fleet is Rusting Away Taiwan’s tropical climate may be too much for the AH-64E Apache gunship to handle.
    The Republic of China Army is currently investigating the grounding of the majority of its AH-64E Apache “Guardian” attack helicopters purchased from the United States, Taipei Times reports. The aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing has also dispatched a special task force to help identify the cause of the technical difficulties, which could be due to Taiwan’s “wet and high
    humidity climate, seasonal monsoon rains blowing salt- laden ocean water inland, or improper maintenance and handling by ground service crew,”according to the media
    report.
    Major General Huang Kuo-ming, commander of the Army
    Aviation Special Forces Command, stated that nine helicopters had to be grounded due to serious oxidation on metal components, which was discovered in the helicopters’ tail rotor gearboxes- made of a new aluminum-
    magnesium alloy. “We noticed rust corrosion developing in the tail rotor
    gearbox in March, and notified the US side of the problem at that time. They were quite concerned, and have advised our side to apply several remedial measures to counteract the corrosion,” Huang said at a news briefing this week. However, the recommended anti-rust measures were
    unsuccessful and the Taiwanese military began a comprehensive safety check of every single helicopter in September. “The procedure is still ongoing,” said Huang,
    adding that the safety checks should be completed by the end of November.
    Huang also stated that the current technical problems will
    neither interrupt the training schedule of pilots, nor delay the induction date of the attack helicopters. “We will
    formally commission the Apaches into service on schedule in early 2017,” he emphasized. In addition, to the nine helicopters grounded due to corrosion, twelve Apaches are also not operational due to missing spare parts, leaving only eight AH-64E Apache gunships operational. (One AH-64E was lost when it crashed into a three-story building during a training flight in bad weather conditions in April 2014.) The AH-64 Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. According to a The Diplomat
    analysis from December 2013: The Apache Guardian is armed with an M230 30mm chain gun, which can fire up to 625 high-explosive dual-purpose rounds per minute, and can be configured to carry AGM-114L “Hellfire” air-to- ground missiles (a total of 16 for anti-armmissiles and 66 M299 Hellfire Longbow missile launchers. or missions), AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air missiles, and Hydra 70 2.75-inch rockets.
    Among the many advantages of the AH-64E are its improved composite main rotor blades, which are 15cm longer than those used on older models, as well
    as a new tip design and General Electric T700- GE-701D engines, all of which give the aircraft improved aerodynamic performance. Boeing delivered a total of 30 attack helicopters to Taiwanbetween November 2013 and October 2014. Total acquisition costs were $2.53 billion, which, hellfire missiles and 66 M299 Hellfire Longbow missile launchers.

  16. rugged7 says:

    Even Yemen has acquired AT-802 turboprops.
    What exactly is Nigeria airforce up to???

  17. Augustine says:

    Gentlemen, NAF is working overtime with old aircraft, trying to meet deadline. The newer F-7 jets have helped but are dying from attrition, the F-7 is our only interceptor jet and we have lost almost half the fleet to air crashes and damage on ground. Only one F-7 trainer left now ! How do you train new replacement pilots?

    About 9 jets are probably serviceable today, so we defend about 1 million sq km of airspace with only 9 F-7 jets? In Shagari days NAF had 30 MiG-21 interceptors with 150 missiles.

    Is Nigerian air space safe from formidable air threats?

  18. Augustine says:

    I think and speculate a scenario :

    NAF refuses to buy second hand 4th Gen jet fighter, want’s brand new for long term reliability and long service life.

    1. USA offers stripped down F-16, delays, attaches strings to deal, asks $50 million per aircraft.

    2. France offers formidable Mirage 2000-5 for $70 million with no strings attached and quick delivery

    3. Britain offers stripped down Typhoon for $100 million with strings attached

    4. Sweden offers Gripen C for $50 million, but NAF not interested in ‘unfamiliar’ SAAB product.

    5. NAF looks at budget, FG looks at falling oil prices at NNPC and shaky forex reserves at CBN

    6. FG and NAF go back to records and finds JF-17 Thunder offered, evaluated, and recommended at $25 million per aircraft.

    7. Financial constraint forces decision, attrition rate of F-7 jets and fleet depletion forces decision, NAF settles for JF-17 Thunder.

    A string of guess work. My thoughts in my bedroom.

  19. Augustine says:

    Ogas, take a trip back in time and read NAF history of fighter aircraft acquisitions, and maybe we have an answer as to why NAF does not want the Su-30 Flanker jet despite the aircraft coming out tops on all NAF evaluated options.

    MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-21, Delfin, Albatross, Alpha, Jaguar, F-7 …..ALL are light weight jets.

    Exception is the Il-28 Beagle medium weight jet bomber, a bomber not a jet fighter.

    F-7, JF-17, F-16 are all light weight jet fighters, the Su-30 Flanker is a heavy weight jet fighter. I think maybe NAF does not want to have the task of spending heavily on maintenance of such heavy aircraft, they want it light, low cost purchase, low cost maintenance.

    Maybe, just maybe.

  20. Capt Tobias says:

    Task at hand and effectiveness of platform to meet operational demands, Heavy metal or light COIN, no aircraft matching the task is currently fielded( A-Jets is reported to have been successfully doing their bit as light strike on fixed stationary targets, not mobile targets or close air support roles), SU25 Frogfoots are light weight at least, so goes for Gripen class fighter, MIG29s,m etc, Maybe the economy is a lot worse than we know

  21. Sir Kay says:

    Boko Haram has lost territory in Nigeria, US general says

    http://www.bdlive.co.za/africa/africannews/2015/10/30/boko-haram-has-lost-territory-in-nigeria-us-general-says

    “The US effort to train and share intelligence with military forces in Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and other African countries have helped push back Boko Haram’s territorial control, forcing it to alter its tactics, Gen Rodriguez said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.”

    And there we go, now US effort is what helped pushed Bh out, good one. The story is changing right in front of our eyes.

    • rugged7 says:

      Well, it has started.
      The Americans are LYING through their teeth now.
      Next: America defeated boko haram while the primitive Nigerian army tied their boot laces

      • Sir Kay says:

        lol, or monitoring road blocks. I don’t understand why the military and government couldn’t go on a media offensive, both on tv, radio and internet. This requires very little talent, wow.
        Even dropping fliers . well, no point wasting my breathe on these people, they seem clueless and slow, when the damn country is on fire. Its irritating .

  22. DefenceNerd says:

    #NAFPlatformOptions

    CH-5 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Rainbow 5, or Caihong 5 (CH-5), is the latest in a series of unmanned aerial vehicles developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation to hunt and kill in battle. With a take-off weight of more than three tonnes and a wingspan similar to that of the United States’ Reaper drone, Rainbow 5 is China’s latest entry in the heavyweight military drones race dominated by the US.

    For instance, with a one-tonne carrying capacity – 2 1/2 times more than its previous model – the Rainbow 5 can lift off with a wall-penetrating radar to identify and track targets inside a building. The drone’s chief designer, Ou Zhongming, said this kind of radar would change the way military drones were used in the country’s counter terrorism missions.

    The use of wall-penetrating radar on drones is not a Chinese invention. The US military has reportedly tested the technology on numerous missions in the Middle East. “It can also support and protect other drones with electronic warfare devices, such as suppressing the enemy’s radar. It will significantly increase the effectiveness of an attack, The drone, which has room for six missiles, can stay in the air for more than 30 hours.

  23. DefenceNerd says:

    #NAFPlatformOptions,

    Mikoyan MiG-35 (Technology Transfer Possibility)

    The Mikoyan MiG-35 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-35, NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB technology. It is classified as a 4++ generation jet fighter by Mikoyan.[3] The first prototype was a modification of the aircraft that previously served as MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. 10 prototypes have been built so far and are currently subject to extensive field trials.[4]

    MiG Corporation first officially presented the MiG-35 internationally during the Aero India 2007 air show.[5] The MiG-35 was officially unveiled when the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergey Ivanov, visited Lukhovitsky Machine Building Plant “MAPO-MIG”.[6] The single seat version is designated MiG-35 and the two-seat version is MiG-35D. The fighter has vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed Optical Locator System (OLS), relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables it to conduct independent multi-role missions.

    Origins

    There have been references in the late-1980s to a very different design also identified as “MiG-35”. This design was a single engined combat aircraft for air-to-air and secondary air-to-ground roles. According to unidentified Indian sources the aircraft was evaluated by Indian pilots in the Soviet Union and was probably suggested as an alternative for the Indian LCA being developed at that time.[7]

    The MiG-35/MiG-35D exhibits the latest advancements on MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency enhancement, universality and operational characteristics improvement.[8] The main features of the new design are the fifth-generation information-sighting systems, compatibility with Russian and foreign origin weapons application and an integrated variety of defensive systems to increase combat survivability. The new overall design overtakes the design concepts of the baseline model and enables the new aircraft to conduct full-scale multi-role missions as their western counterparts.[8]

    New avionics are intended to help the MiG-35 to gain air superiority as well as to perform all-weather precision ground strikes, aerial reconnaissance with opto-electronic and radar equipment and to conduct complex joint missions.[8]

    Other technological improvements were also introduced to enhance the aircraft’s ability to conduct independent operations. For example, an airborne oxygen generation plant was added. RAC MiG and the Italian company GEM-Elettronica signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the MIG-35 with a new multifunction self-protection jammer.

    Russia unveiled the MiG-35 at the Aero India 2007 airshow in Bangalore,[9] amid Moscow’s keenness to sell these planes to India. The MiG-35 was a contender with the Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, JAS 39 Gripen and F-16 Falcon in the Indian MRCA competition for 126 multirole combat aircraft to be procured by the Indian Air Force. The MiG-35 was ousted from the contest in April 2011.[10] It was again demonstrated at Aero India 2009 held at Yelahanka Airbase near Bangalore where it was flown by an Indian Air Force pilot.

    By April 2010, pictures and additional info surfaced of two new MiG-35 demonstrators, single-seat MiG-35 bort “961”, and two-seat MiG-35D “967”. According to Russian media, they first flew in Autumn 2009, and subsequently took part in MMRCA trials in India in October 2009. Both have a very high commonality with the previous MiG-29K/KUB airframes, an immediate visible difference being the braking parachute installed in the place of the hook present on the naval aircraft. Subsequently MiG-35D “967” appears to have been equipped with a similar AESA radar as fitted to the older MiG-35 demonstrator bort “154”, identifiable by the dark-grey short nose radome.

    In May 2013, it was reported that Russia plans to order 37 aircraft.[13] On 17 August 2013, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the purchase worth 37 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) will be delayed until 2016. The delay was caused by state arms spending cuts.[14][15] In August 2015, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, commander of Russia’s Air and Space Forces stated that MiG-35 development is to be completed in 2017; entry into service is to follow in 2018.

    In April 2014, it was reported that Egypt plans to order 24 MiG-35 fighters as part of an arms deal.[16][17] This is amid a rapprochement between Russia and Egypt, marked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo in February 2015. MiG head Sergei Korotkov said at the 2015 Aero India exposition stated they will provide the fighters if Egypt orders them and are ready to negotiate.[18] In May 2015, it was reported that Russia and Egypt are negotiating a contract for 46 MiG-35 fighters.

    Overview

    The most important changes are the Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the RD-33MK engines and the newly designed Optical Locator System, OLS-35.[22][23][24]

    The final configuration of the MiG-35’s onboard equipment has been left open intentionally using the MIL-STD-1553 bus.[25] The main advantage of an open architecture configuration for its avionics is that future customers will have options to choose from components and systems made by Russian, United States, French and Israeli sources. The Ramenskoye Design Company will act as systems integrator.[4]
    Powerplant

    The RD-33MK “Morskaya Osa” (Russian: Морская Оса, literally: “Sea Wasp” or Chironex fleckeri) was installed by the new modification. It is the latest version of the RD-33 and was intended to power the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB. It has 7% more power compared to the baseline model due to the use of modern materials in the cooled blades, providing a higher thrust of 9,000 kgf. In response to earlier criticism, the new engines are smokeless and include systems that reduce infrared and optical visibility. The engines may be fitted with vectored-thrust nozzles, which would result an increase in combat efficiency by 12% to 15%.[8][26]

    RD-33OVT engine variant comes with thrust vectoring nozzles, and can direct thrust in two directions or planes. As of 2012, the only in-service, in-production fighter jet using this technology is Su-35. Other current thrust-vectoring aircraft, such as the Su-30MKI and the F-22, have nozzles that each vector in one plane.[4]
    Sensors

    New modifications include the newly rolled-out Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The Phazotron Zhuk-AE AESA radar offers a wider range of operating frequencies, providing more resistance to electronic countermeasures (ECM), more detection range, more air and ground targets detected, tracked and able to be engaged simultaneously. The radar is thought to have detection range of 160 km (86 nmi) for air targets and 300 km (160 nmi) for ships.[27]

    Variants

    MiG-35: Single-seat variant.
    MiG-35D: Two-seat variant.

    Specifications

    General characteristics

    Crew: one or two
    Length: 17.3 m (56 ft 9 in)
    Wingspan: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
    Height: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
    Wing area: 38 m2 (409 ft2)
    Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
    Loaded weight: 17,500 kg (38,600 lb)
    Max. takeoff weight: 29,700 kg (65,500 lb)
    Powerplant: 2 × Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans
    Dry thrust: 5,400 kgf, 53.0 kN (11,900 lbf) each
    Thrust with afterburner: 9,000 kgf, 88.3 kN (19,840 lbf) each

    Performance

    Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,491 mph) at altitude;[29] 1,450 km/h (901 mph) at low-level
    Range: 2,000 km (1,240 mi)
    Combat radius: 1,000 km (620 mi)
    Ferry range: 3,100 km (1,930 mi) with 3 external fuel tanks
    Service ceiling: 17,500 m (57,400 ft)
    Rate of climb: 330 m/s (65,000 ft/min[31])
    Thrust/weight: 1.03[32]
    Max. maneuvering load factor: 10.0 g[30]

    Armament

    Guns: 1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, 150 rounds
    Hardpoints: 9 total (8× under-wing, 1× centre-line) with a capacity of 7,000 kg[8]
    Rockets: S-8, S-13, S-24, S-25L, S-250 unguided and laser-guided rockets
    Missiles:
    Air-to-air:
    AA-10 Alamo: 4× R-27R, R-27T, R-27ER, R-27ET
    AA-8 Aphid: 4× R-60M
    AA-11 Archer: 8× R-73E, R-73M, R-74M
    AA-12 Adder: 8× R-77
    Air-to-surface:
    AS-17 Krypton: 4× Kh-31A, Kh-31P
    AS-14 Kedge: 4× Kh-29T, Kh-29L
    Bombs:
    Guided:
    KAB-500L: 500 kg laser-guided bomb
    KAB-500T: 500 kg TV-guided bomb
    Unguided:
    FAB-250: 250 kg bomb
    FAB-500: 500 kg bomb
    ZAB-500 fuel-air explosive Bomb

    Avionics

    Phazotron Zhuk AE AESA radar (or other members of the Zhuk radar family)[33]
    NII PP OLS-UEM Optical Location station

  24. asorockweb says:

    Regarding the BH rockets and rocket factory.

    Similar rockets were fired against Maiduguri earlier in the year (there are pics on twitter).

    The markings, G.T.C.B, were seen on one of the machines shown in the BH video.
    A source on twitter deduced that it stood for : Government Technical College Bama.

    This leads me to conclude the following :

    The portion of the video that shows the manufacturing process, was taken many months ago. It was released now because the factory is now out of commission. The once secret factory is now only useful as a propaganda tool.

    Another possibility is that BH moved the machines from GTCB to a new location.

    In any event, the rockets are very crude. BH is better off using stolen NA mortars.

  25. trigger says:

    @lachit for someone who knows alot about alot of things you cant just dismiss those rockets like that.

    you know at this present time, building rockets is no more ‘rocket science’ anymore (if you get my drift).

    *** what fuze?
    if u look at the finished rocket sample u can see indications that the BH so called fuze is a simple contraption ie a simple striker assembly consisting of a firing pin aligned with a detonator. the firing pin is forced into the detonator at impact.***

    how do you think a fuze actually woks? that is a rudimentary impact fuze.

    and you do realise that they might actually use real detonators from captured grenades and artillery shells in their inventory.

    finally, assuming they cant get a hold of any piezoelectric material for impact detonation, they might just wire it with a battery and a coil of soft metal. when the metal is joined it heats up thereby igniting the rocket or the warhead.

    if they have access to gun powder, then we shouldn’t take it lightly.

    *** the BH rockets range will less than 3 km.
    warhead less or around half kg.
    accuracy will depend on the mood
    of the rockets.
    and the simple shape of the rocket makes it vulnurable to even moderate cross winds after launch at the apex of its flight trajectory.***

    they (BH) could get better at it, they could master it and build bigger rockets.

    • Number one says:

      One reason we should partner with our neighbours to deny bh sanctuary.Imagine bh launching rockets at us from across the Camerounian border tracking them down will be tough.

      • Kay says:

        Tracking rocket launches should be the least of worries. Counter battery and pgms or artillery responses should suffice. The key should be driving them out of the proximity of civilian populations as much as possible to prevent collateral damages.
        I’ll like to think by now any sane citizen would by now not seek to offer them refuge or comfort especially as they kill anything. More intelligence from locals may also help nail to nail camps or BH support groups.

    • lachit says:

      *** what fuze?***
      was a typo. realized it now.
      i just wanted to explain the fuzing which i inferred from the picture.
      sorry about the above typo. cool😀

      yes fuzes from artillery shells can be used but not grenades as far as i know .
      real danger is from unexploded sublets of cluster bombs.lots of fuzes to acquired from them.
      so care should be taken to identify them and destroy them asap.

      **********they (BH) could get better at it, they could master it and build bigger rockets******
      yes i agree with u.seach and destroying these factories must be a priority now.

      i was only commenting on the rockets in the picture.😀
      and regarding my comments on their effectiveness i was drawing from the experiences in syria of FSA. how many men they lost while making these, launching these and ineffectiveness when not launched in great numbers.

      u must realize launching home made rockets is not shoot and scoot type.
      these need some amount of preparation,
      setting up lunch rails
      aligning it
      leveling the launcher
      trial and error launching of first few rounds to get the correct bearing
      yelling gods blessing😀
      etc etc
      i kind of pity them oops!
      after so much hard work some of them will end up getting themselves blow up lolzzz😀
      amen to that godspeed😀

      and importantly after the first rocket is launched the ground troops can see the origin of the smoke trail (which is big and persistant) to the launch point and attack it.
      BH is no longer present in urban areas, it will launch from open areas outside villages/towns etc or mountains/hills which can be picked up and attacked.
      if army is greared to address this kind of threats it will be the first and last rockets launched by the any BH budding rocketeers squad.

      and the striker assembly i reffered is the preferred fuzing acrosss all terrorist rocket enthusiasts😀 in the absence of other better options.
      i have replicated the 2nd option (Lead break striker assembly) in 7 minutes some years ago.
      many of u if u tried will even come out with better options.

      regards

      • lachit says:

        typo

        i have replicated/fabricated the 2nd option (Lead break striker assembly) with a time delay of 30 seconds with +/- 8 seconds in 7 minutes some years ago.

      • lachit says:

        @trigger
        ****if they have access to gun powder, then we shouldn’t take it lightly.***
        these r 100 % fuelled by kno3, corn syrup, sugar .
        as i had explained 6-9 months ago in detail.
        much easier to mould and better performance plus less sensistive to mishandling etc.

  26. Number one says:

    The NAF needs more platforms and needs to utilize what we have creatively.For eg the Air Beetles could operate from FOB’s to conduct aerial recon.

  27. eyimola says:

    I wrote this 18 months ago. Your thoughts<?

    1 Seal off the Border between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad and declare a 5KM wide wide kill Zone which spans both sides of the border. (3KM into Nigerian territory).

    2 It is also important to resolve the issue of exactly who is a Nigerian, so a form of registration exercise for adults in the region might be in order.

    3 Declare martial law in the North East and replace ALL elected officials (including legislators) with sole administrators. It is clear that some of this guys are part of the problem.

    4 The Government should also apply zero tolerance to inflammatory comments by clerics, pastors and their ilk. If an individual or organisation continues to flout the rules, then it might be necessary to shut them down.

    5 Buy a squadron of ground attack aircraft preferably from the the SU-25 family of aircraft.

    6 Buy More T-72s and Mraps. The 72nd Division based in the North East should have as much equipment as needed to finish this conflict.

    7 Create a mobile airborne brigade and setup permanent combat air patrols. In an ideal world, you will have an aircraft in the air at all times with troops and light armour which can be directed to any hot spot.

    8 Allow journalists free access to the conflict zone. There is nothing more annoying than ineffective censorship.

    9 Probe all [previous goverments. Their mismanagement of the economy and security is in effect what we are dealing with today.

    10 FINALLY Stop the ill treatment of prisoners and suspects by the security services. There is a school of thought that majority of suicide bombings are motivated by revenge not ideology. while this may be debatable, it is clear that multiple violations of human rights by the military is not helpful to the security situation in the North East. Moreover, this sort of activities demoralise and dehumanises our military forces.

    • eyimola says:

      As you can see, the political suggestions are more significant than the military…(in my opinion)

    • Are James says:

      This were very good suggestions 18 months ago. Most of them are still very good suggestions even now. No politician should have been left in office in the NE during the period of the State of Emergency. I don’t care what the constitution says. Indeed martial law is even the suspension of existing statutes so i still don’t know why the government of the time left the state governments in office. They foolishly left the governments in office then turned round to subtly accuse them of complicity in Chilbok when the kidnaps happened.

      • eyimola says:

        It also clouds the military chain of command, especially in a country where the State governors are chief law enforcement officers.

  28. Number one says:

    No. 2 can be achieved by registering IDP’s in the camps,taking their blood samples,fingerprints etc at the hospitals in the camps.

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