Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has received two hi-tech unmanned water vessels from the US-based military manufacturer Swiftship, a move aimed at bolstering the country’s maritime security.
The S2 and S3 Swift Sea Stalkers, presented by Minister of State for Defence Bello Matawalle, represent the latest technology in unmanned maritime security systems. They are expected to play a crucial role in combating threats in the Niger Delta, Lake Chad region, and other areas along Nigeria’s extensive coastline.
“This is the result of my recent working visit to the US, where I explored ways to enhance our military capabilities,” Matawalle stated. He emphasized that the new vessels are part of a broader effort to promote innovative technologies and partnerships with US companies, potentially leading to local production of military hardware in collaboration with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria.
This partnership aligns with President Tinubu’s agenda for peace and security, Matawalle added. He expressed confidence that the cutting-edge technology will significantly contribute to tackling security challenges across the nation.
Swiftship, established in 1942, enjoys a reputation for delivering innovative and effective shipbuilding solutions. The company’s expertise and commitment to end-to-end support, including training and maintenance, make it a valuable partner for Nigeria’s security needs.
This donation follows a similar move by the US in March 2022, when five mobile detection system vans and other equipment were provided to the Nigeria Police Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. These initiatives highlight the ongoing collaboration between Nigeria and the US in addressing security concerns within the region.
What does this mean for Nigeria’s Maritime Security?
The deployment of these hi-tech vessels marks a significant step forward in Nigeria’s efforts to secure its vast waterways and protect its maritime interests. The technology’s potential to enhance security and deter threats is promising, and it will be interesting to see how it contributes to the country’s overall security landscape in the coming months.