The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday unveiled a new military hardware, a 40kg unmanned aerial vehicle, codenamed GULMA. GULMA is a Hausa word for ‘gossip’ and it is said to be the first indigenous military hardware of its nature.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who performed the unveiling of the technology at the NAF Base, Kaduna, said Nigerians must see to it that the challenges confronting the country were surmounted. The President urged Nigerians to always remain focus on the nation’s common purpose. “As Nigerians, we are capable of great deeds. In the same manner, we must not forget that ahead of us still lie challenges that we must surmount. We must therefore be focused on our common national purpose,” the President said.
While describing the feat by the NAF as another landmark in the nation’s history, Jonathan said that the achievement would further reminded Nigerians that hard work and diligence could break many barriers. He said, “Considering the potential impacts of its benefits, 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.
“In the time past, we have launched indigenous military hardware by Navy and Army. They are all opening a new vista of innovation and opportunity for our nation.”
Jonathan said the nation must continue to produce leaders in science, technology and engineering to remain in the forefront on the global scale. He assured the NAF of Federal Government’s support for its research projects.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, said the aim of NAF under his leadership was to be self-reliant in the provision of military hardware. Badeh said the unmanned aerial vehicle could perform both military and civil roles of crime prevention, border patrol and weather forecast, among others.
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