Jonathan unveils Nigeria’s first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle

Published On: December 17, 2013, 7:36 pm
Author: Mr Johnson
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kaduna – President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Kaduna unveiled the country’s first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle, GULMA, designed and constructed by the Nigerian Air Force.



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

He said that besides its diverse military application, the vessel would provide a range of benefits in disaster management, power line surveys and law enforcement.

Jonathan said 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.
“Today, as we stand in appreciation of the gallant men and women of our Air Force, we are reminded that hard work and diligence can break many barriers,’’ he said.

Jonathan commended the Chief of Air Staff and all officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force for the achievement, noting that it would strengthen the country.

He said it would also enhance the nation’s role in peace keeping and conflict prevention.

The president said he was optimistic that this stride by the Nigerian Air Force would mark a turning point for indigenous technology in every sector of the nation’s life.

“Let me assure the Air Force of the Federal Government’s support for this and all other research projects.

“We will encourage and assist private sector concerns to key into mass production of the project to achieve the highest and best commercial use of this prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

UNVEILING OF ‘GULMA’ NIGERIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE IN KADUNA

“As I said in my Independence Day address, our nation is made great by the big and small efforts of regular citizens.

“Indeed, indigenous initiatives remain indispensable in achieving national greatness.

“To retain the country’s importance on the global stage, we must continue to produce leaders in science, technology, and engineering, and invest more in ideas,’’ the president said.

In his remark, Supervising Minister of Defence Labaran Maku said the development of a surveillance aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force was a bold statement of government’s resolve to provide security for the Nigerian populace.

Maku, who is the Minister of Information, said that the GULMA UAV would potentially afford the armed forces a window of immense opportunities in its task of acquiring timely intelligence and combating criminality.

“Although the UAV was a brainchild of the Nigerian Air Force, it is important that other services and security agencies incorporate it into their operations, if its potential is to be fully harnessed.

“There is therefore, the need for a comprehensive policy on UAV acquisition and operation to optimise the employment of GULMA UAV by all services and security agencies,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, had said that the GULMA was designed to meet vast expectations and needs.

Badeh said that the GULMA could be employed by the armed forces and security agencies for the protection of the country.

He explained that the air force envisaged partnership with agencies such as NEMA and the Nigeria Air Space Management Agency for weather forecasting.

“Furthermore, the GULMA, as a qualitative, timely and reliable source of information could serve as a powerful tool for media practitioners.

“To sustain the current tempo of development, the NAF would require the assistance of government in infrastructure and human capacity development. (NAN)


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-- iseku (m) at 17-12-2013 08:11PM
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welldone boy,this is a welcome development
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-- matthewlobo (m) at 17-12-2013 08:45PM
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Good job please keep it up.
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-- Cindyme (m) at 18-12-2013 09:05AM
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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday unveiled a a drone made by the Nigeria Airforce. However, the drone named "GULMA" was not tested in flight.

President Goodluck Jonathan today unveiled a a drone made by the Nigeria Airforce. However, the drone named "GULMA" was not tested in flight. PM News Report : Nigeria unveils locally made drone Written by Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja Nigeria unveiled its own drone on Tuesday, appropriately named “GULMA,” (Hausa word for gossip). The unveiling was done by President Goodluck Jonathan at Nigeria Air Force base in Kaduna, North central Nigeria The unmanned aerial vessel was designed and constructed by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in collaboration with other local institutions.

 The President described the launch of the UAV as a ”landmark moment” in Nigeria’s history. He also supervised the winging of 11 locally trained UAV pilots at the occasion. ”Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment, I now unveil the Nigerian-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, also known as GULMA,” President Jonathan said at the occasion. ”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 President said. ”In the year past, we have launched the first indigenous combat vessel, developed by our Navy, and various Armoured and operational vehicles developed by the Nigerian Army.

To all of you, I say thank you. Your collective efforts have opened a new vista of innovation and opportunity for our nation,” he added. Analysts believe the UAV would be deployed to monitor the activities militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which has been operating in the rugged mountains and forests of Nigeria’s North east.
SOURCE: http://greentalentz.blogspot.com/2013/12/president-jonathan-unveils-locally-made.html
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-- chicco77 (f) at 18-12-2013 09:55AM
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 Cool Cool
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-- gbojac (m) at 18-12-2013 09:57AM
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Unbelievable, all these big grown up men come pose around this thing for pictures..... did it fly sef, it's a pity, come make big speech for this trivial thing oyinbo dey fabricate inside shed at home,,,,,we want food, not piece of plastic and metal
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-- dareper (m) at 18-12-2013 10:07AM
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Will that put food on our table? Mtcheeeeew!!
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-- ThoRam (m) at 18-12-2013 10:10AM
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Noted
 
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-- cadanre (f) at 18-12-2013 10:10AM
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Quote from: dareper on 18-12-2013 10:07AM
Will that put food on our table? Mtcheeeeew!!

That is a hungry ARNE speaking.

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-- cadanre (f) at 18-12-2013 10:12AM
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What will GEJ use the drone for?

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-- PeacetoU (f) at 18-12-2013 10:19AM
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Good
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-- Orojoe (f) at 18-12-2013 10:29AM
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Congrats
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-- ObyWBabaK (m) at 18-12-2013 10:51AM
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-- Tokunbogurl (f) at 18-12-2013 11:06AM
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Hun
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-- Kechywillz (m) at 18-12-2013 11:09AM
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A nice development

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-- gbojac (m) at 18-12-2013 11:32AM
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This thing is a toy plane and anyone can easily make one fly, schoolboys sef make paper plane fly,,,go inside youtube you'll see small oyinbo pikin make 'em in their backyard,,,, for it to find oil, take picture, monitor stuff and do all these things Jonathan said it will do, you need powerful radar and laser technology to locate oil inside the ground, do we even have radar to monitor big planes in 9ja airspace sef, talk less using remote control to make this thing fly where the oil is without falling on the ground like all other Nigerian Aircraft, this is bullshit, we really have mad people as leaders.... make someone tell them to invest in agriculture    
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-- emekaeneh (m) at 18-12-2013 11:41AM
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Development.     
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
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-- sucre4u (m) at 18-12-2013 12:24PM
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I hope it lasts
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-- Juliechizy (f) at 18-12-2013 12:50PM
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Stupid politicians all of una thieves
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-- winace (f) at 18-12-2013 02:16PM
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Ok we hear o
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