Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ex-Air force chief Air Marshal Adesola Amosu appeals to US for sophisticated weapons

The immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), has urged the United States to consider releasing to Nigeria sophisticated surveillance equipment that would aid the military offensive against the terror sect, Boko Haram.
Amosu said the US was currently giving such high technology equipment only to countries under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
He stated that such surveillance equipment would make it possible for the Air Force to carry out its surveillance activities from the air and detect Improvised Explosive Devices in the mission areas without much difficulty.
The former Air Force chief said this during a Flying-out ceremony organized in his honor at the Air Force Base, Abuja, on Thursday.
He said he was optimistic that the US might lift the restriction on such equipment to give African countries the opportunity to have such capabilities.
Amosu added, “There are some capabilities particularly for the Air Force. Essentially, there are three issues that affect the operations of this nature; one of them is the mission responsiveness, another one is the flexibility and capability, and when it comes to capability, whatever we can get from any nation is welcomed.
“It will come with training; it will come with platforms, particularly for surveillance, because this kind of enemies we are dealing with, I will like to call them evasive enemies. So, we need a lot of surveillance capability.
“Unfortunately, we in the third world, there are some kinds of surveillance equipment that are only restricted to NATO nations for acquisition. I’m hoping that they would accommodate African countries so that we can have some of those capabilities.

Henry J Williams

Author & Editor

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