Nigeria unveils first unmanned aerial vehicle

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KADUNA: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday unveiled in Kaduna the country’s first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle, GULMA, designed and constructed by the Nigerian Air Force.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Jonathan said the unveiling of the vehicle marked another landmark moment in the country’s history.

Besides its diverse military application, the vessel would provide a range of benefits in disaster management, power line surveys and law enforcement, he said, adding that the vehicle would also be useful in aerial imaging/mapping, telecommunications and weather monitoring.

“It is also rapidly becoming an important tool in news coverage, environmental monitoring, and oil and gas exploration… 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,” noted the president.

Jonathan commended the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force for the achievement, saying it would strengthen the country, in addition to enhancing the country’s role in peace keeping and conflict prevention.

The President is optimistic that this stride by the Nigerian Air Force would mark a turning point for indigenous technology in every sector of the country. PNA

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