The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 15 February 2018, inducted the first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) nicknamed, Tsaigumi. The Tsaigumi UAV, which was produced by NAF Aerospace Engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal, would be used for Intelligence Surveillance and Recognisance (ISR) operations in land and sea domains. It could also be used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. In addition, it could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast. Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The UAV, which is capable of day and night operations, has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and a mission radius of 100km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 95kg and its payload is an electro-optic/infra-red camera system.

Click below and watch the Tsaigumi UAV in action in a military exercise.

Air Vice Marshal
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force


  1. Ola Raji on July 20, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Gud job naf

  2. Benjamin Odamtten on July 20, 2020 at 8:23 am

    there is room for improvement

  3. Soji Olaniyan on July 20, 2020 at 8:24 am

    nice one …

  4. Hamza Nawaz on July 20, 2020 at 8:25 am


  5. Sixtus Akoh on July 20, 2020 at 8:28 am


  6. Lanre Oladejo on July 20, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Na make Nollywood pick sense, write better script given Hollywood military flicks a run for their money remain now. Heard Paul Papel is collaborating with the NAF on “EagleWings”. More like this so the younger generation see their armed forces in a much brighter and motivational light.

  7. Papa Charlie on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 am

    What is the distance of the control center from the area of interest ?
    At maximum mission radius of UAV operation are videos streamed live ?
    At maximum mission radius how is the UAV controlled ?
    Apart from the camera, what other equipment/sensor is on this UAV ?

  8. Victor on July 20, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I like the idea of this drone technology however more could still be done to improve its technology. It’s very obvious the camera surveillance tech is low in pixel resolution, which could be upgraded to preferably 4k, or better yet 8k. Of course, it would require higher processing power but this would make view on the ground level way more better to possibly ascertain target of individuals at the normal altitude. Also, it would make more sense to use infrared detection markers on the uniforms of field Nigerian troops/operators for better reconnaissance.

  9. Ebrima Jadama on July 20, 2020 at 8:38 am


  10. HO waterbrd on July 20, 2020 at 8:40 am


  11. Romanus Ohume on July 20, 2020 at 8:41 am

    .Nonsense. what is more important than protecting the lives of farmers who are being slain by Fulani herdsmen day in day out. Nigeria has lost more lives than Syria where is war during Buhari,s regime.

  12. Sani Habibu on July 20, 2020 at 8:43 am


  13. Afiso on July 20, 2020 at 8:43 am

    And so long ik take to find 300 girls

  14. Israel Idowu on July 20, 2020 at 8:44 am

    We are making tremendous progress.

  15. Nonso Okafor on July 20, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Congratulations and keep it up. Soon your drones will be able to strike targets

  16. chopzstikka 0vo on July 20, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Good job nigeria love from the 🇺🇸😎👏

  17. O Theophilus TUBI on July 20, 2020 at 8:56 am

    This is a very welcome idea that one hopes and prays it is sustained. However, this Drone code named TSAIGUMI looks exactly like GULMA of 2013 GEJ era. Please see Vanguard News Nigeria https://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/12/jonathan-unveils-nigerian-made-drone/

  18. Musa-Tolani Emmanuel Rotimi on July 20, 2020 at 8:57 am

    this is just fantastic!!

  19. Benjamin Odamtten on July 20, 2020 at 9:04 am

    congratulations job well done

  20. Makinde Seun on July 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Good,,,,,,,we nid more,,,,may God give them more knowledge to do more ijn

  21. Kolawolemonsuru Koyumu2018 on July 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

    good OK

  22. sadeeq abubakar husain on July 20, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Am really excited I don’t know how to express my joy. Well done NAF we are expecting more from you. God bless NAF God bless our Armed forces and God bless Nigeria

  23. Χάρης Πέιος on July 20, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Congratulations from Greece. Huge Respect for the Nigerian defence industry and it’s unique products!!!

  24. Alpha Zolax on July 20, 2020 at 9:16 am

    This is not a real event my people , this is just propaganda video by our military , I ask this questions
    1) how come the insurgents where still celebrating while the military mobilized over 50 men for the rescue operation.
    2) the sun was still at almost one point because the shadows in the buildings did not move all this time the military was mobilizing and on their way .
    3) look at what the narrator call a diamond protection all the so called special force in one location that one rocket launcher will take half of the team out .

  25. Jadaman Vawa on July 20, 2020 at 9:17 am

    The control technology is my worry for our national drone. Nice shot! NAF

  26. Emmanuel Elachi on July 20, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Good one

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