Nigerian army to fight Boko Haram using drones

The Nigerian army has introduced drone technology in its fight against terror group Boko Haram, the country's Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said.

Nigerian Army introduces drones in its fight against Boko Haram

Buratai told editors and defence correspondents in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria, on Saturday that applications of drones and new technologies were critical in modern warfare to ensure successful implementation of the counter insurgency campaign. 

According to him, the army had utilised drones in surveillance and research, adding that the process was effective in execution of its operations against the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents. 

"Now, even the uniform is technology-based, it will be tagged wherever you are; it sends signal when you are in danger, and these issues are very important,"

“Technology is playing important role in warfare and we are not left out; we have in place a transformation and innovation department," he said.

He added: “The department is working on research and developments not only on basic equipment but equally more scientific and technological facilities to enable us to carry out our operations. We are also working on deployment of drones; the Nigerian Air Force has been deploying drones in our operations in the northeast and they are deploying more, it has been very effective in this operation.

“For surveillance, local drones are deployed and when new ones are also deployed, it will be effective and useful in the operation”.

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