Bird Aerosystems cuts risk for Nigeria’s maritime protection

Following the delivery of its ASIO Maritime Task Force Solution to Nigeria, as part of the NIMASA Deep Blue Project, BIRD Aerosystems has completed a successful live demonstration of the ASIO aircraft capabilities, including real-time interception of vessels performing illegal activities at sea.

Bird Aerosystems working with the Nigerian officials utilise a Citation C3 to make the seas safer

BIRD's Asio task Force has been successfully operating in Nigeria for more than two years, proving its effectiveness and unprecedented achievements in tackling piracy in the Nigerian EEZ and the entire maritime environment, allowing Nigeria to conclude 2022 with zero piracy events in its maritime territory.

Recently, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) has removed Nigeria from the list of countries designated as risk maritime nations. This is a confirmation of the improved global ratings of Security in the Nigerian maritime domain.

BIRD Aerosystems ASIO Task force solution provided to Nigeria includes multiple Cessna Citation CJ3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft installed with BIRD's advanced MSIS mission management system. The integrated Aerial-Naval-Land solution facilitates maritime and coastal surveillance, patrol and survey of borders and strategic assets, and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring capabilities over large ranges, enabling efficient detection, tracking, and interception of any suspicious activity at sea.

During the demonstration, which was conducted in the presence of the Nigeria Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo, DG Nimasa, DR. Bashir Jamoh, and Secretary General International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim, the ASIO aircraft identified a suspicious vessel performing an illegal activity and polluting the sea. The aircraft quickly identified and performed a discrimination process that enabled the Maritime Security Unit to catch this vessel, stop the pollution, and fine them.

Ronen Factor, Co-CEO and Founder at BIRD Aerosystems said: " Bringing piracy events in the Gulf of Guinea to practically zero, BIRD's ASIO Task Force delivers an extremely powerful, comprehensive, and flexible maritime patrol solution, ensuring a high level of security."