The Nigerian Navy is ranked 4th in Africa by GFP (Global Firepower). It is indisputable that the main criterion for assessing the Navy of any country is in tonnage.
Nevertheless the amount of sea based firepower available to a navy can be an equally important way of assessment when each unit of investment can achieve the greatest possible positive net effect.
Unfortunately while Nigeria has invested over $1 billion in naval acquisitions in the last five years, there is no single vessel in the Nigerian navy equipped with weapons tha can deliver ordnance at ling distances. The decommissioning of NNS Aradu created a capability gap in the Nigerian Navy.
Paradoxically the solution to this problem might lie with the Nigerian army.
The possibility of putting an RM-70 MLRS on warships might not be farfetched. The two major shortcomings of the Nigerian Navy is a lack of precision land attack capability and organic unmanned ISR. Since Nigeria is reluctant to invest in missile launch systems at sea, sea based rocket artillery might not be a bad idea.
Placing RM-70 MLRS on warships will give Nigeria navy the ability to strike deep into enemy littoral territory from standoff distances out at sea, which will also enable a reduction in reliance in air power to deliver over the shore attack.
Two RM-70 on a frigate or coastal craft makes for a potent 120 nm range projectile. Just imagine multiple launchers firing multiple rockets on area or multiple target being from a Nigerian Navy ships !