Who is to blame? The Death of Nigeria’s Aviation Defence Industry.

In the 1980’s Nigeria was among the elite few African countries with a domestic defence industry.  In 1983 the Nigerian Air Force, during its program of Aeronautical Industrial Engineering Project (AIEP) developed and built an indigenous light trainer aircraft, the ABT-18 (air beetle-18) to facilitate training.  During this period it can be argued that Nigeria […]

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How Nigeria’s $1 Billion Arms Fund Will Be Spent.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved $1 billion for procurement of security equipment. Many concerns were expressed about the announcement. These included the approval of such colossal sum by the president without authorization by the National Assembly, and the rationale behind such huge expenditure to combat an organization that the government claimed had been “technically defeated”. […]

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Air Defence : A Regional Arms Race.

In a well run military an effective air defense is based on an integrated and coordinated approach including airborne (AEW or tethered radars), active and passive ground based sensors (radar, IR scanners, ESM), command centers and “shooters” of various types. The air defense network usually includes the surveillance and control of the protected airspace, projection […]

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South Africa’s high tech military industrial complex is decade’s ahead of the rest of Africa.

Think the United States and Russia are the two countries whose weapons technology are stolen by Chinese state sponsored hackers? Think again. You know your technology is pretty darn good if China steals from you. China has had a number of dealings with South African weapons manufacturers over the past decade, most of which have […]

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NAF Vission 2020.

One of the eye-opening features of Nigeria’s air campaign in the Boko Haram insurgency is the hollowness of what was once the premier air power in the region. Let’s be honest, this is not a major conventional war against a capable adversary. It is sad that despite the billions invested in the air component of […]

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