Nigerian Airforce Engineers have successfully made the country’s first unmanned aerial vehicle designed. This was disclosed by President Goodluck Jonathan last week at the unveiling event in Kaduna.
The drone was manufactured by engineers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna. It is a 40 kilogram payload and has a seven hour flying time with 12 litres of fuel. The drone named ‘Gulma’ which means ‘Gossip’ in Hausa language is to be used to enhance peace keeping and conflict prevention in the country.
The President had this to say: “Considering the potential impact of its benefit and versatility, I cannot but say how proud I am of the men and women of our armed forces apart from their commitment to the protection of our sovereignty, they are helping to keep our nation ahead in military science and technology and to keep their civilian counterparts on their toes“
The Supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku also said the UAV was a proof of government’s commitment to provide security for her citizens. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh added that the name of the drone ‘Gulma’ was chosen due to its primary role as an intelligence, surveillance and investigation platform.