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Nigeria showed the first domestic UAV
Earlier this week, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has presented the first domestic drone. GULMA (so-called Nigerian debut UAV) has only a superficial resemblance to Falco company Selex ES, but the purpose – countering criminal gangs and guerrilla groups.
As the Nigerian Air Marshal Alex Badejo, GULMA name comes from the Hausa language, where it means “friend.” The tasks included aerial surveillance drones and intelligence gathering, writes local newspaper Vanguard.
Since domestic military conflicts often arise, drones can do a good job the Nigerian authorities. In the north, government troops confronted the militants of the Islamist group “Boko Haram”, which are operating in the countryside, hiding in the mountains and forests. In the south, armed rebels hiding in the basically impassable and uncomfortable to patrol areas in the Niger Delta. Both groups initiate radical religious clashes and unrest, endangering the stability of Nigeria for more than ten years. The threat of violence from the “Boko Haram” is saved and can intensify in the upcoming presidential elections in 2015.
Military drones can overwhelm aid in suppressing rebellions against armed militants in places difficult to patrol. Faced with an internal enemy, Nigeria makes sense to develop its own defense forces. GULMA appearance inspired three tactical drones Aerostar, applicable up to the Nigerian authorities until not having problems with the delivery of spare parts.
According to published information, the development and training 15 GULMA operators cost the Nigerian government in the amount of up to $ 3.5 million. The Americans, meanwhile, have successfully tested a laser battle against mines and BLP .
It is worth noting that in recent years, drones have become widespread. Every self-respecting company recently considers it his duty to acquire their own drone .
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