All You Need to Know About Nigeria Airforce New Tactical Reconnaissance group
Nigeria Military is creating a new tactical reconnaissance group and this new unit would likely serve as the backbone for Nigeria attack advance drones capability.
The 302 new tactical reconnaissance group, would bring a new capability to the Nigeria Airforce and the entire Military structure especially in it the fight against the Boko Haram / ISWAP terrorist.
The newly created 302, new tactical reconnaissance group would be based in Gombe and its strategic location would give the Nigeria Airforce the capability to effectively respond to contingencies in the North East.
The creation of the 302 combat tactical reconnaissance group is built on the successes achieved by the Nigeria Airforce in its uses of Unmanned Vehicles (UAVs) in its fight against insurgents. In March 2018, the Nigerian Air Force graduated its first batch of locally trained drone pilots.
After 2 years of training at the 401 Flying Training School with the initial phase on commercial UAVs, the pilots trained again for 10 months on the CH-3A tactical UAV, given them the necessary skills to pilot the Chinese built CH-3 UAVs.
With the acquisition of more advanced drones such as CH-4 UAVs. The newly created Nigeria Airforce tactical reconnaissance group gives the Nigeria Airforce the capability of fielding UAVS capable of penetrating contested airspace and persisting there for extended periods time.
What this means is that for the first time the Nigeria Airforce can now fly covert missions over denied areas outside Nigerian territory where Boko Haram has a sanctuary and help monitor and if necessary deliver ordnance.
UCAVs are far less expensive compare to a jet and they are well suited for stealth missions. They are far harder to detect and cost much less to acquire and sustain. UCAVs can be adapted to new missions quicker with much lower risk than the Super Tucano.
The creation of a new tactical reconnaissance group is a pointed that the Nigeria Airforce is planning to introduce more advanced UAVs to its Chinese-built UAVs.