Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has concluded plans to advance its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fitted with missile guided weapon systems.
The Chief of Army (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting with the management of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
According to Abubakar, NAF would take advantage of the “existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NASRDA to fast-track collaborative measures to improve the air force rocketry and missile propulsion systems”.
He noted that Research and Development is key to the advancement of organisations and rise of nations into super power status.
To this end, the CAS stressed that “advancement in military technology has monumental influence in the battle field in which the air force plays a significant role”.
He further disclosed that NAF under his leadership would push for initiatives that will enhance the capacity of air force helicopters and UAVs to target as well as deliver missiles and rockets from a very long range.
Also speaking, the Director of Engineering and Space Systems in NASRDA, Dr. Femi Agboola, assured that the agency has the capacity to improve the missile propulsion needs of the Air Force.
Agbola said: “NASRDA has the capability to deliver on what the Chief has requested; the Chief has studied us for some time like he said since 2013, he has a feeling of our capability.”