Insurgency and terrorism is a new phenomenon in Nigeria. There is therefore the urgent need to nip it in the bud by creating awareness and consciousness and by training soldiers and officers in counter insurgency and counter terrorism.
This was the dominant mindset during an interaction between the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major General MT Ibrahim, and ZEN TECHNOLOGY LTD, a wholly indigenous Indian Training Simulation Company that was incorporated in 1993 and listed in Bombay Stock Exchange, at the Academy Headquarters recently. The Commandant, while addressing the visitors, had solicited for the support and partnership of the company to enhance the individual and collective skills of the cadets and soldiers, and to provide specialized training in the area of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), body straps and neutralization. This, he disclosed, will boost defence research and development in the Nigerian Armed Forces.
In his Presentation, the Representative of the Company, Captain Rhonhit Nandal, a retired captain from the Indian Army said the company boasts of high-tech land based military simulators, aviation simulators and advanced weapon simulators. He recommended that the Training Simulators be adopted in the NDA in the training of cadets and soldiers because of its strengths and adaptability, which according to him include Flight Sensor Modeling, Flight Simulation and Driving Simulation, with high resolution. He further said that the features of the Simulator which have two versions – tethered and untethered weapons are adaptable to any military equipment and enables force – to – force arms training, collective training through routes and targets illumination for night firing and cross fire detection.
Responding, the Commandant thanked his guest for the presentation and admitted that NDA as a training institution looks at the concept of tackling terrorism and insurgency. He said he is interested in the sound and effect of real gun shots at the NDA Indoor Shooting Range and will appreciate the superimposition of electronic components to make it a Multipurpose Range. He assured that he will make NDA a Center of Excellence where the Cadets will fit into any configuration. He further promised he will install Training Simulators in the Indoor Gallery on the 20 range stand, featuring AK 47, RPG and FM Riffle. With this, the Commandant said, he hopes to achieve a combat training center in the counter terrorism aspect.