The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday inducted what it described as its first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) nicknamed, Tsaigumi.
The Tsaigumi, which was produced by NAF aerospace engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal, would be used for intelligence surveillance and recognisance operations in land and sea domains, the Air Force said in a statement.
It could also be used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. In addition, it could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast, the statement noted.
Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
The UAV, which is capable of day and night operations, has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and a mission radius of 100km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 95kg and its payload is an electro-optic/infra-red camera system.
Watch the video of the Tsaigumi UAV in action in a military exercise.