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Chinese attack drones may end up in the hands of African militants

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Nigeria has become the third state in the world whose army is armed with the Chinese Wing Loong II attack unmanned aerial vehicles. Until recently, only the military of China and the UAE possessed such equipment.


The head of the public relations center of the Nigerian Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, announced this on his Twitter page.
Six more attack UAVs, the brand and origin of which are not specified, will arrive in this African country by early next year.

Daramola also said that over the past five years, Nigeria has purchased 22 new aircraft, and another 19 will enter service with the Nigerian Air Force by mid-2021. On behalf of the military, Commander Daramola expresses gratitude to President Mohammad Bukhari "for the priority given to the Nigerian Air Force to provide a more secure nation."

It is assumed that the army will use the new UAVs to fight militants from the African terrorist group Boka Haram (banned in the Russian Federation). Since militants often carry out successful attacks not only on civilian objects, but also on military ones, Chinese strike drones may well end up in the hands of African militants. Experts believe that this could also happen due to the incredible level of corruption in the Nigerian troops.



The Wing Loong II attack drone is capable of continuously airborne for up to 31 hours. Its appearance resembles the US-made MQ-9 Reaper UAV. Wing Loong II weighs 4,2 tons. At the same time, it is capable of carrying a combat load weighing up to 480 kg.
Photos used:
https://twitter.com/KunleDaramola3
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  1. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 12 November 2020 10: 47
    -1
    We will catch up and overtake Nigeria in UAVs! - now such a slogan! Lived ...
    1. Machito
      Machito 12 November 2020 10: 54
      +1
      Quote: OgnennyiKotik
      We will catch up and overtake Nigeria in UAVs! - now such a slogan! Lived ...

      Well, maybe not everything is so bad? However, after Karabakh, I would like to hear good news about the arrival of new Drones into service with the RF Armed Forces.
    2. aszzz888
      aszzz888 12 November 2020 12: 13
      0
      OgnennyiKotik
      Today, 10: 47
      NEW
      -3
      We will catch up and surpass Nigeria in UAVs! - now such a slogan! Lived ...
      Excuse me, but where can you see such a slogan? Well, as for "survived", I suppose - we will survive many more.
  2. Livonetc
    Livonetc 12 November 2020 10: 48
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    Nigeria's GDP amounted to USD 448 billion in 2020.
    It is quite a serious state.
    As for the "experts", in the "expert" rating, according to the level of corruption, it ranks only six lines below Russia.
    Russia at 134m.
    Nigeria at 140m.
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 12 November 2020 10: 56
      +5
      It is quite a serious state.
      And ours work closely with them, incl. in the military. We have students in a military school, Nigerians study. And if the militants get such a thing, then only hammer in the nails ...
    2. Cron
      Cron 12 November 2020 13: 19
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      Quote: Livonetc
      As for the "experts", in the "expert" rating, according to the level of corruption, it ranks only six lines below Russia.

      Ahahah))) Well, you at least voice what "expert" ratings you refer to. I would not be surprised if some European Ukraine crawls up on parole
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 12 November 2020 13: 32
        0
        I once saw a safety rating where Indonesia was named safer than Ireland. Whoever makes the rating is the one who dances.
    3. vitinka
      vitinka 13 November 2020 17: 28
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      I am fully sure one hundred of this reiting west is used as well as the rest of the information for denigrating Russia. Acered West Reiting Agency
      1. vitinka
        vitinka 13 November 2020 17: 30
        0
        sorry, Russia. The grammar is not very good. Balt.
  3. venik
    venik 12 November 2020 10: 55
    +6
    ".....Chinese attack drones may well end up in the hands of African militants. Experts believe that this could happen due to the incredible level of corruption in the Nigerian troops.... ..... ".
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    Easy! There (in Africa) it is quite normal for weapons purchased by the government army to quickly end up in the hands of various illegal armed groups! But will the aborigines (from various "formations") be able to understand the control and maintenance system of such complex equipment? In addition, drones such as Wing Loong II need an airfield, a service system, a bunch of different "junk" to ensure the normal functioning and maintenance of this equipment ... bulky system? Doubtful somehow .....
  4. Egoza
    Egoza 12 November 2020 10: 56
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    Why do they need drones? They can cope with boomerangs.
  5. Pytnik
    Pytnik 12 November 2020 10: 59
    +2
    In addition to the UAVs, they also purchased Chinese
    JF-17
  6. faiver
    faiver 12 November 2020 11: 04
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    Experts believe that this could also happen due to the incredible level of corruption in the Nigerian troops.
    - so maybe through their Nigerian corruption drones can be written off and taken to the Russian army? repeat
  7. SaLaR
    SaLaR 12 November 2020 11: 07
    -3
    And Russia, as always ................. like plywood over Paryzh ....))) It's a shame
  8. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 12 November 2020 11: 23
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    Chinese attack drones may well end up in the hands of African militants

    Nonsense, and what's the point of the barmale if they can't use them?
  9. donavi49
    donavi49 12 November 2020 11: 35
    +6
    I wonder who will be the first to buy a Chinese novelty, which has already received an export certificate. There is generally a serious apparatus.




    Well, WingLong2 is tough - much higher in class than TV2 and Orion. If the UAE published a movie, then a lot of material would come from Libya. They delivered a lot to the Tripoletans. Despite the fact that there were 2-4 of them, the UAE contingent in Libya, performing its international duty, had.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 12 November 2020 11: 46
      -1
      Cloud Shadow has only higher speed and a beautiful design. Everything else is worse than Wing Loong II.
      1. donavi49
        donavi49 12 November 2020 11: 51
        +3
        The ceiling is 9-10 km versus 14. This is a significant difference. For example Thor will shoot down Wing-Long, but CS can blatantly fly 10+ and do nothing to him.

        Strong drawdown, only in terms of loitering duration. Here, of course, the reagent shows itself badly. 6 hours versus 30+.
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 12 November 2020 11: 56
          -2
          Quote: donavi49
          The ceiling is 9-10 km versus 14. This is a significant difference. For example Thor will shoot down Wing-Long, but CS can blatantly fly 10+ and do nothing to him.

          Well, this is .. Torah still needs to be found and they are destroyed from "weaker" machines, as practice has shown.
        2. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 12 November 2020 12: 02
          -1
          In general, I think that a joint venture should be done with the Chinese and a joint complex should be built on the basis of Cloud Shadow. From us a normal jet engine, from them electronics and optics. 15-20 hours of loitering, 1,5-2 tons of payload.
          1. Saxahorse
            Saxahorse 13 November 2020 00: 05
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            Quote: OgnennyiKotik
            From us a normal jet engine, from them electronics and optics.

            We do not have engines, in terms of thrust and fuel consumption, there is nothing suitable for a UAV. Neither jet nor piston .. How many jumped, wait, wait, we license the German RED and build the plant. And it turns out that they are looking for another engine for Orion .. Apparently, the Yak-152 is also in flight.
    2. Archivist Vasya
      Archivist Vasya 12 November 2020 11: 57
      +1
      Yes, the characteristics are impressive! And Nigeria has such devices, however. We should have riveted at least Orions if TB2 is not sold.
      Only in your photo is not WingLong2, but some other.
      1. donavi49
        donavi49 12 November 2020 12: 12
        +2
        Wing Loong 10 (or Cloud Shadow for domestic) is a novelty, presented and opened for export at their annual aviation performance show. There is even an anti-ship missile in the arsenal.
        1. Lexus
          Lexus 13 November 2020 02: 41
          +3
          It is mostly percussive. hi
  10. yfast
    yfast 12 November 2020 13: 16
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    Quote: Bearded
    However, after Karabakh, I would like to hear good news about the arrival of new Drones into service with the RF Armed Forces.

    And there is no good news.