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Africa Air Force Forum sets the stage for Nigerian Air Force...

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Ahead of a display tomorrow (Saturday, 25 May) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the third Africa Air Force...

African defence and security gatherings focus on partnerships

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Separate defence oriented events on the eastern and western sides of Africa this month have a common denominator – partnerships. ASEC (Africa Security Symposium) is...

Defections alone won’t break ISWAP terror group

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The death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 2021 triggered unprecedented exits from one of the group’s two factions, Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad...

Terrorism rebounds in Nigeria

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Nigeria recorded its first increase in terrorism in three years in 2023, with total deaths rising by 34% to 524, marking Nigeria’s highest death...

Second Dearsan offshore patrol vessel launched for Nigerian Navy

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Turkish shipyard Dearsan has launched the second and final 76 metre offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy (NN), six months after the...

France’s Ocea delivers another survey vessel to the Nigerian Navy

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French shipbuilder Ocea has delivered an OSV 115 hydrographic survey vessel to the Nigerian Navy (NN), three years after the order for the ship...

First Nigerian M-346s to be delivered by year-end

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will take delivery of its first M-346 combat aircraft by the end of this year from Italy’s Leonardo. This is...

Nigerian bandits strategically target school children for kidnappings – here’s why

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In some parts of Nigeria, this scenario is not just the stuff of nightmares – it has become all too common in the past...

Lake Chad Basin states can sever terrorism’s lifeline – its financing

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Nigeria recently sanctioned several individuals and entities for allegedly financing terrorism. The list includes six Nigerians sentenced to 10 years to life in prison...

Nigeria shows that emerging technology can help protect waters

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Nine crew members aboard a chemical tanker headed from Côte d’Ivoire to Cameroon were abducted by pirates in January as the ship sailed near...

Bell awarded Nigerian AH-1Z Viper contract

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Nearly two years after the sale was approved, Bell Textron has been awarded a $455 million contract for the production and delivery of 12...

Nigeria’s security problems deepen as Anglophone insurgency in Cameroon spills across...

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Over the past two decades, Nigeria has grappled with multiple and complex national security threats, each posing a significant challenge to its stability. The nation...

Indonesia looking to sell CN235 transports to Nigeria

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State-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is finalising the sale of four CN235-220 transport aircraft to the Nigerian military. The company made the revelation...

Nigeria’s DICON resumes ammunition production as it continues expansion

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The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) has resumed the production of ammunition and delivered four million rounds to the Nigerian Army last month...

Embraer brings KC-390 to Nigeria for demo flights

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Nigeria is the latest African country Embraer is courting with its KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport, demonstrating the aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force ahead of...

Nigerian Air Force inducts T-129 attack helicopters into service

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken its first T-129 ATAK helicopters into service in what it says is a major boost to the...

Nigerian AH-1Z Viper production moving ahead

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Nigeria’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the United States is going ahead, with first payment made last year and sourcing of...

Looser gun laws could deepen Nigeria’s security crisis

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Despite Nigeria’s strict gun ownership laws, the country remains the region’s largest illicit small arms market, adding to the nation’s dire security crisis. Inefficient...

Africom chief advances US-Nigeria cooperation during visit

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US Marine Corps General Michael Langley and Sergeant Major Michael Woods have visited Nigeria where they discussed strengthening US-Nigeria cooperation, countering extremism, and regional...

African air forces grappling with aircraft maintenance

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The South African Air Force is one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its fighter jet fleet is among the most advanced overall on...

Insurgents scatter as Nigeria rules the air

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Northeast Nigeria’s famed Sambisa Forest is known for its low-profile trees and dense thickets, punishing anyone foolish enough to traverse it without a machete....

Nigeria’s military mistakes cost the country its civilians

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Last week’s accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army’s drone unit is the country’s most devastating military mishap in...

Nigerian Air Force Falcon 900 up for sale

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The Nigerian government has put up for sale a VIP Dassault Falcon 900B jet, owned by the Nigerian Air Force, in order to save...

Nigerian Navy holds Exercise Nchekwa Oshimili 2023 in Gulf of Guinea

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The Nigerian Navy put on its best face for the Chief of Naval Staff Sea Inspection ‘Nchekwa Oshimili’ 2023 exercise, which commenced late last...

First Nigerian T-129 helicopters delivered

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the first two of six T-129 ATAK helicopters from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with the...

Nigerian Navy to harness artificial intelligence to strengthen operations

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The Nigerian Navy aims to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to strengthen its operational capacity and keep pace with evolving technological advancements in the maritime...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

Dearsan launches first offshore patrol vessel for Nigeria

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Dearsan Shipyard has launched the first of two 76-metre-long offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Nigerian Navy during a ceremony in Turkey. The launching ceremony,...

Indian Navy patrol ship INS Sumedha visits Nigeria

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The Indian Navy offshore patrol ship, INS Sumedha is the latest Indian naval ship to pay an official visit to Nigeria. The visit starting on...

Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of final DA 62 special mission...

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of all four DA 62 MPP special mission aircraft from Austria’s Diamond Aircraft. The first aircraft was...

French Navy warship Mistral in Nigeria for maritime exercises

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The French Navy’s amphibious assault ship Mistral is in Nigeria for the combined exercises Crocodile Lift and Grand African Nemo, which started on Monday. The...

Nigerian Army acquires Tares armoured vehicles

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The Nigerian Army is now operating Tares armoured vehicles after having just taken delivery of the new type from Saudi Arabia’s ERAF Industrial Company. In...

Nigeria moves ahead with Cayuse Warrior acquisition

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MD Helicopters is moving ahead with the production of 12 MD 530F Cayuse Warriors for the Nigerian Army, with deliveries from the end of...

Turkey clinches Nigerian border security contract

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In recent years, the Nigerian military has fostered relationships with Turkish defence companies, acquiring equipment ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to offshore patrol...

Royal Navy Warship HMS Trent strengthens maritime security partnership with Nigeria

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The Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent is once again visiting, Nigeria, reiterating its dedication to enhancing maritime security in West Africa. The...

Brazilian Navy exercises with West African nations

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The Brazilian Navy Niteroi-class frigate Liberal is off the coast of West Africa, where it is holding exercises with regional navies, including Togo and...

Bandits in Nigeria: how protection payments to militias escalate conflict in...

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North-western Nigeria has become increasingly violent. This is due to the activities of militias, known locally as “bandits”. These are loosely organised armed groups,...

Nigerian Air Force Mi-171 crashes whilst on casevac mission

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An Mi-171 transport helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed after apparently coming under fire from bandits. NAF spokesperson Air Commodore Edward...

ISS: Why Nigeria’s bandits are recruiting women for gunrunning

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Women are increasingly involved in banditry-linked arms trafficking in Nigeria’s north-west. Between December 2022 and February 2023, police arrested several female gunrunners in Nigeria’s...

Nigerian airstrikes taking major toll on ISWAP

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Fourteen years into its fight against violent extremist organizations (VEOs) in the Lake Chad Basin, Nigeria is finding success from above, forcing militants to...

Another Nigerian F-7Ni lost in a crash

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The Nigerian Air Force has lost another F-7Ni jet in a crash, with a two-seat trainer coming down on 14 July. Nigerian Air Force Director,...

Mozambican terror group is strikingly similar to Nigeria’s deadly Boko Haram

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Terrorism is a global problem affecting many countries. Until 2017, however, southern Africa was largely spared from this phenomenon. The bloody conflict sparked by...

Nigeria signs agreement with Turkey’s Dearsan for the upgrade of flagship...

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has signed an agreement with Turkey’s Dearsan for the mid-life upgrade of the Nigerian fleet’s flagship, NNS Aradu, and the...

Production of Nigerian Cayuse Warrior helicopters underway

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MD Helicopters is currently busy with the manufacture of the first three of 12 Cayuse Warrior Plus helicopters for the Nigerian Army. The company made...

Nigeria’s security situation has got worse: what Tinubu’s administration needs to...

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Nigeria’s new president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to make security a top priority of his administration. In his inaugural speech he promised, among...

ECOWAS accesses EU naval experience

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) tapped into the experience of the European Union (EU) naval forces to “suppress illicit maritime activities”...

Nigerian Air Force receives new facilities for Super Tucano fleet

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Less than two years after 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft were inducted into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), an $38 million project to construct...

Nigeria to host defence and security expo in May

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The Nigeria Security Exhibition and Conference (NISECExpo) will be returning this year following a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organising committee said that...

BIRD Aerosystems maritime patrol aircraft demo for NIMASA nets polluting vessel

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A live demonstration of its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) maritime solution by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety...

Zimbabwe Air Force asks Nigeria for technical assistance

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The Commander of Zimbabwe’s Air Force has travelled to Nigeria to ask his counterpart for technical assistance, including in the operation and maintenance of...