Air Force Destroys Illegal Oil Barges In Rivers State

illegal-crude-oil-refineryThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has destroyed another set of illegal oil barges in River States.

Two of the latest barges filled with stolen oil were set ablaze by NAF helicopters on armed patrol around Okoromabie and South East of Port Harcourt refinery.

The third barge, surrounded by canoes carrying drums, was sited at Onne.

While individuals around the barge and canoes fled when fired at, the barge and drums did not explode, indicating the possibility of being empty, a statement by the Nigerian Air Force read..

Part of the statement on Sunday was a declassified video of the strike.

The destruction of the berges was part of efforts to tackle oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

Activities of oil thieves have depleted the revenue of the nation that largely comes from crude oil sales and made worse by the drop in the price of crude.

Nigerian Air Force Repels Boko Haram Attack In Kangarwa

Nigerian Air Force, Boko Haram, KangarwaThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has repelled an attack by the Boko Haram terrorists on its ground troops at Kangarwa in northern Borno State.

Following the report of the attack, three fighter jets and a reconnaissance aircraft were immediately deployed for the operation.

A statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, revealed that the troops averted the attack on Sunday.

The statement reads in part:

“While the fighter aircraft were scrambled to repel the attack, the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft was deployed to give guidance to ground troops on the position equipment and strength of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).

“The operation which started at about 1700 hours (5pm) continued till late evening at about 1915 hours (7:15pm) before the attack was successfully repelled.

“Before repelling the attack at Kangarwa, the NAF also conducted a number of day and night operations yesterday.

“The air interdiction missions were aimed at decimating the operational capability of the insurgents.

“The operations were carried out at Kashimeri, Tumbu Gini, Chukugudu and other BHT strongholds from where the insurgents launch attack on Bama and neighbouring settlements”.

Nigerian Air Force Bombards Boko Haram Locations In Borno

Nigerian-Air-Force-Air-Stikes-Against-Boko-HaramThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has continued efforts to flush out remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists in the northeast, with air strikes at suspected locations of the terrorists on the outskirts of Tumbin Gini and Tumbin Kayewa Northeastern Borno State.

A statement by the Air Force on Sunday said the bombardment occurred on Friday, September 16.

“The air strikes were as a result of ground based intelligence and successive Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance reports obtained from several missions flown by NAF platforms,” the statement read.

The Air Force said it believed the terrorists were holding a high-level meeting when NAF jets hit the locations.

It stated that a post-strike battle damage assessment of the strikes revealed that the rendezvous was badly damaged with many casualties while those far from the vicinity scrambled to safety.

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The aircrafts involved in the air strikes are the NAF F-7Ni and the Alpha jets.

According to the Air Force, its air offensives have continued to deny the terrorists any hiding place and room for manoeuvre.

“This has enabled unhindered advance by the surface forces as part of the ongoing Operation GAMA AIKI,” the statement further read.

The NAF had in an earlier operation successfully conducted air strikes on Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Tumbin Rego on August 26 which led to the death of many high ranking members of the group.

The attack is coming nearly one month after the Nigerian Air Force reconfigured an alpha jet for combat role.

The Air Force stated that the achievement followed relentless efforts by the NAF Technical Response Team (TRT).

It says the latest conversion makes it the third alpha jet to be reconfigured under the leadership of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The alpha jet has been reconfigured to carry both rockets and bombs during combat missions.

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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet returning to land after a test-flight
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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet ready for combat mission in Nigeria’s Northeast
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Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar inspects newly weaponised alpha jet
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Weaponised NAF alpha jet after arms delivery
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NAF alpha jet lands after a test-flight

Nigerian Air Force Pilots Urged To Sustain Attacks On Boko Haram

NAF-2Pilots of the Nigerian Air Force have been urged to sustain intensive air operations and cooperate with land army in the battle to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram insurgents.

Commending Air Force personnel for their counter-terrorism operations in the nation’s northeast, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said he was pleased with the outcome of air operations carried out in the last one week.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) few days ago recorded another major success in the on-going counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.

According to him, the current phase of intensified air operations in northern Borno State paid-off on the night of August 19, when the NAF killed about 300 terrorists during an air attack.

The insurgents had gathered to hold a meeting at a location between Malam Fatori and own troops location at Kangarwa, the Air Force said.

Prior to the operations, the Air Force had on August 16 commenced series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to corroborate human intelligence that key Boko Haram commanders had gathered at the said location to hold meeting at night.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The NAF revealed the achievements on Tuesday in a statement by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

He said that the objective of the ongoing operation was to degrade the capability of the insurgents, particularly those who had fled to the northern part of Borno State.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Air Force said it had killed some key leaders of Boko Haram and wounded many others, including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, during an airstrike on Friday in Taye Village, Borno State.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said: “We have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded”.

Colonel Usman said that the Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include “Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others.

Nigerian Air Force Weaponises Third Alpha Jet

Nigerian Air Force Weaponises Alpha JetThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has successfully reconfigured another alpha jet for combat role.

The Air Force stated that the achievement followed relentless efforts by the NAF Technical Response Team (TRT).

It says the latest conversion makes it the third alpha jet to be reconfigured under the leadership of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The alpha jet has been reconfigured to carry both rockets and bombs during combat missions.

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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet returning to land after a test-flight
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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet ready for combat mission in Nigeria’s Northeast
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Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar inspects newly weaponised alpha jet
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Weaponised NAF alpha jet after arms delivery
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NAF alpha jet lands after a test-flight

Air Force Trains Troops In Kaduna

Air Force, Niger DeltaThe Nigerian Air Force has conducted a special training for troops on para-trooping, aimed at identifying the enemies hideout during operations at the Air Force base in Kaduna State, North-western Nigeria.

The Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun, explained the rationale to reporters at the end of the training.

He explained that the training would assist the troops in the fight against militancy in the Niger Delta region, terrorism in the north east and other related crimes across the country.

He also stated that the training would expose the troops in search and rescue operations especially during fire incidents and other emergency situations.

Commandant of the Air Force Regiment Training Centre, Air Commodore Danladi Boasa, stated that he was satisfied with the performance of the troops.

The airborne training is designed to expose the officers to various skills and modern operational techniques geared towards tackling all forms of security threats that may arise at any giving time.

Air Force Strikes Terrorists’ Vehicle, Ammunition Dumps In Sambisa Forest

air forceThe Nigerian Air Force says its alpha jets have successfully carried out air strikes and destroyed the Boko Haram’s vehicle workshops, fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.

According to the Director, Air Force Public Relations and Information, Commodore Dele Alonge, this is part of a renewed drive to further degrade the Boko Haram terrorists’ assets.

He said that the effort was as a result of a painstaking Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) efforts by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ATR-42 platforms.

According to him, the air strikes on the insurgents would pave the way for the final onslaught by the land forces to meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to bring insurgency in the north-east to an end by December.

Insecurity: President Jonathan Commissions NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

As part of the Federal Government’s effort to tackle insecurity in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday unveiled a Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), produced locally by the Nigerian Air Force.

The vehicle named GULMA, is the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be produced in the country according to the authorities, and will be used to fight terrorism and other sophisticated crimes through enhanced air surveillance.

At the commissioning ceremony held at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna, President Jonathan commended the nation’s armed forces for their breakthrough in science and technology innovation, and assured of the federal government’s willingness to support the security agencies in their research projects.

He urged the private sector to key into the  breakthrough made  by the Air Force in order to achieve through mass production, the highest and best commercial use of this prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Earlier in an address, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh said that the main objective of producing the surveillance vehicle was to instil self-sufficiency in the fields of aviation and military technology and also to discourage the military’s over dependence on developed nations for supply of security equipment.

He further disclosed that the unmanned aerial vehicle has been designed to meet vast expectations and needs, and could be used by the nation’s armed forces and other security agencies for both internal and security operations.

He added that the Nigerian Air Force spent between $2million to $3million to train the eleven pilots that will operate the UAVs, and therefore called for more funding.

Supervisory Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku, said that the development of the unmanned surveillance aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force at the time the country is battling with terrorism is an indication of the present government’s resolve to provide security for the citizens. He urged other security agencies to incorporate it into their operations to fully harness their potentials.

The 40 kilogramme unmanned aerial vehicle is designed to pick objects 10,000 feet above sea level. Its history commenced in 2007 when the Nigerian Air Force introduced a 5-year manpower development programme in Aerospace engineering in collaboration with Cranfield University based in the United Kingdom.

The vision was to develop in-house capacity for advanced research and development in the country’s aerospace fields. The collaboration between the Nigerian Air Force and the University heralded the design and production of several small unmanned aerial vehicles, which were code named ‘Amebo’.

The vehicle, basically made of aluminium alloy structure and operated by radio control only, was designed and tested by the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 2009.

Besides its diverse military application, the unmanned aircraft provides other benefits; in disaster management, power line surveys, law enforcement, telecommunications, weather monitoring, and aerial imaging and mapping. It is also rapidly, becoming an important tool in news coverage, environmental monitoring, and oil and gas exploration.

From a humble beginning in 2007, the Nigerian Air Force has grown capacity and capability in unmanned aerial vehicle production and operations. The authorities therefore believe that with adequate funding, this wealth of research could be harnessed to produce various categories of the vehicle to support internal security operations, and also provide civil agencies with aerial surveillance requirements.