The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has explained the multipurpose role of the newly inducted and locally built Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) nicknamed, Tsaigumi.
Explaining the functions of the Tsaigumi on Friday, the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the AUV inducted on February 15, 2018 is the first indigenous one to be operational.
Adesanya said that Tsaigumi, which was produced by NAF Aerospace Engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal, would be used for Intelligence Surveillance and Recognisance (ISR) operations in land and sea domains.
He said: “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. 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.”
According to Adesanya, 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.
Click below and watch the Tsaigumi UAV in action in a military exercise: https://youtu.be/yqKCewf1m8s