Nigerian armored vehicle manufacturer Proforce has signed an agreement with French firm AERACCESS to manufacture surveillance drones in the African nation.
The partnership seeks to bolster the air defense capabilities of the Nigerian military and address its internal defense challenges.
The “immediate” production of drones in Nigeria could also strengthen the connection and military ties between Abuja and France.
Proforce did not provide specific details regarding the drones that will be produced, but its partner AERACCESS is known for producing quadcopter-based classes such as the NanoHawk, HawkEye, and the SparrowHawk.
“Our solutions give law enforcement personnel a situational awareness on the battlefield through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and communication,” the French company said.
Proforce Air Systems is pleased to sign a Partnership For the production of drones to address the internal defence challenges in Nigeria.#Aeraccess #ProforceLimited #ProforceAirSystems #PressRelease pic.twitter.com/GHXCxzRdwB
— Proforce (@Proforcedefence) April 7, 2022
Strengthening Aerial Capabilities
In addition to producing surveillance drones, Nigeria is also looking for twin-engine attack helicopters to help in the country’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency campaigns.
According to a report by Financial Express, the aircraft will be used to fire at ground and air targets such as armored vehicles and small drones.
The country has reportedly identified Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Airbus, and Turkish Aerospace Industries as potential suppliers.