BOKO HARAM: US RENEWS COLLABORATION WITH NIGERIA, NEIGHBOURS

(FILE PHOTO, June 2014)

NEW TELEGRAPH
30 December 2015

The U.S. Government has restated its commitment to help Nigeria and its neighbours to counter terrorism acts by Boko Haram.

A statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday, however, said that much still needed to be done to ensure that the people of Nigeria and its neighbours lived in peace.

“The United States remains committed to helping Nigeria and its neighbours counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror. “Despite much progress over the past year—due in large part to newly bolstered Nigerian and regional efforts—more work remains to ensure the people of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria can live in peace.

“The conflict has affected the lives of communities across the Lake Chad Basin region with some 2.5 million internally displaced people and more than 170,000 Nigerian refugees forced to flee their homes,’’ the statement said.

It said the U.S. had provided various forms of support for Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. “The United States provides advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment to our African partners as they work to defeat Boko Haram.

“We also support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through on-going humanitarian aid and victim support services. “The United States will continue working with our partners in the region to identify new opportunities to support their efforts to stop Boko Haram’s wanton violence and restore order in the Lake Chad Basin region,” it said.

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CHINESE AFICIONADO, XIN LINGYU, SAYS “EVEN THE BASELINE JF-17 THUNDER BLOCK 1 IS MORE MANOEUVREABLE THAN THE GRIPEN C/D”

JF17 THUNDER

JAS-39D GRIPEN (DEFENCE INDUSTRY DAILY PHOTO)

The Youtube videos posted earlier on your blog is quite understandable because the T/W ratio in Beegeagle’s post is totally wrong!

The empty weight of JF-17 Block I is 6411, while JAS-39 C/D is 6800 kg; the thrust for RD-93 is 8700 kgf (according to the news about FC-31 which use the same engines as JF-17)while JAS-39 C/D used RM-12, is 8214 kgf.

If the two take the same payload of 3,000 kg, then the T/W ratio for JF-17 Block I is 0.92, while JAS-39 C/D is 0.84, so there is a huge gap as JF-17 will win in a dogfight for sure.

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DISCUSSION THREAD: NIGERIAN AIRFORCE 2016 PROCUREMENT PLAN DETAILS THE ACQUISITION OF JF17 THUNDER/FC-1 MULTIROLE JETS, SUPER MUKSHAK TRAINER AIRCRAFT AND MI-35M ATTACK HELICOPTERS

JF17 THUNDER/FC-1 XIAOLONG

HERE IS HOW THE BASELINE JF17 THUNDER/FC-1 STACKS UP
AGAINST THE GRIPEN

Super Mukshak

Mi-35M

The applicable numbers detailed for acquisition in the 2016 tranche are as follows

– 10 units of Super Mukshak trainer aircraft

– 2 units of Mi-35M attack helicopters

– 3 units of JF17 Thunder multirole combat jets

POINTS TO PONDER

* This startup haul of JF17 Block 2 jets is almost certainly a precursor to the main haul of JF17 Block 3

* What are the possible ancillary roles for the Super Mukshak?

*.Nigeria penned a deal for a mixed haul of Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh Terminator helicopters with the Russians in Sept 2014. Does this mark the start of those deliveries or is this a follow-on order?

POSTSCRIPT

Gentlemen, please stay on THE TOPIC. Any “off topic” beelines are liable to being deleted. The propensity towards the derailment of threads has reached an unacceptable all-time high. No politicking please…

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BORNO STATE GOVERNMENT PRESENTS THIRTY TOYOTA LANDCRUISER TRUCKS & JEEPS TO THE NIGERIAN ARMY AS TOKENS OF OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

Gun trucks…wahala comes to town. BH, take note

Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin standing beside a SUV variant of Landcruiser expresses his gratitude to Governor Shettima for the supportive gesture on behalf of the Nigerian Armed Forces

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (second right) beside a SUV variant of Landcruiser

PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL HELM

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PHOTOS FROM THE NIGERIAN NAVY 2015 ANNUAL FLEET REVIEW AT SEA

NNS SAGBAMA, a Chinese-built (modified Type 062) 47m patrol ship donated by the Chinese in 2015

NNS ANDONI, crafted with pride in the Federal Republic of Nigeria hy Nigerian naval architects and engineers

NNS PROSPERITY, a 65 metre 1,020 ton ex-Irish Naval Force OPV

NNS OLOGBO A502 (foreground), a 1,041 ton ex-US Foast Guard patrol ship donated to Nigeria in 2003. In the background, NNS CENTENARY, a 1,800 ton Chinese-built OPV(right) anchored beside two 3,250 ton patrol ships(NNS Thunder and NNS Okpabana) donated by the United States Coast Guard, post-2010.

A pair of SUNCRAFT(Singapore) 17 metre MANTA MK.II ASD Littoral Interceptors. These are typically armed with Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm heavy machine guns

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FIELD IMAGERY FROM THE FRONTLINES OF NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

T72 battle tanks and REVA Mk.III MRAPs

A Beryl rifle-wielding commando and a BTR-4 APC of the Nigerian Army

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UNITED KINGDOM BOLSTERS TRAINING IN NIGERIA TO COMBAT BOKO HARAM; CURRICULUM TO INCLUDE COMBAT ENGINEER TRAINING W.E.F 2016

L-R British Chief of Defence Staff, General Nicholas Houghton, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria , Mr. Paul Arkwright in a handshake with President Buhari and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Gen (rtd) Babagana Mohammed Monguno during an October 2015 visit to the Presidential Villa by the British CDS.

CAJ NEWS
21 December 2015
Lagos

United Kingdom plans to double the number of British personnel deployed on training tasks in Nigeria in the coming year as part of strategies to support to the Nigerian armed forces to help combat Boko Haram. Up to 300 military personnel are expected to provide support during 2016.

The deployment of a specialist team to provide assistance in countering improvised explosive devices, as well as medical training and advice has also been announced.

UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon,disclosed the plans on Monday.

“Boko Haram is a brutal organisation that has murdered and kidnapped innocent civilians. We stand united with Nigeria in its efforts to defeat them. Stepping up our training efforts will help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-
insurgency operations,” he said.

Fallon said stepping up their training efforts would help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-insurgency operations.

The training uplift announced by Mr Fallon supports work already carried out by the UK’s resident British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT). BMATT has also grown in size since the government announced last year that the UK would increase its training and capacity building in Nigeria.

The deployment of the new teams and expanding package of UK
assistance builds on the programme of Short Term Training Teams (STTT), many from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment,providing assist to our Nigerian partners throughout 2015.

Overall, around 130 UK military personnel deployed to Nigeria on
a wide range of training tasks in 2015. These have included, training in infantry skills, civil-military affairs, media operations,command and leadership, IED-awareness, and support to Nigerian military training schools and establishments.

Almost one thousand Nigerian military personnel benefited from
training to prepare them for counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria.

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