The new Nigerian Army uniform which will be worn by soldiers in coming days, will reportedly send a signal when a soldier is in danger.
Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, who answered questions at a dinner and media interactive session organized for editors and defence correspondents in Maiduguri, stated that the Nigerian Army has invented new technologies in army uniforms and application of drones in the campaign against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
According to the COAS, the the Nigerian army has utilized drones in surveillance and research, as the applications of drones and new technologies were critical in modern warfare to ensure successful implementation of the counter insurgency campaign. He added 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.
“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” he said.
Buratai who told journalists that the military would equally deploy modern scanning machines to check vehicular movements and enhance security on highways, added that the military has also deployed modern military hardware, rehabilitated office and house accommodation, clinics and executed viable projects for the improvement of personnel welfare and boost their morale.