- The federal government has released funds for the purchase of 12 super Tucano aircraft
- Also, another 5 attack/utility helicopters have been ordered from Italy
- The Chief of the Air Staff said the Nigerian Air Force is looking for partnership with private sectors in the purchase of advanced weapons and technologies
- Abubakar also said claims that terrorists from other countries have invaded the country are false, adding that the military is winning the war against insurgency
In the bid to defeat terrorism in the country, the federal government has released funds for the purchase of 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. B. Abubakar, made this known at a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, January 27, where he also said the federal government was on top of the situation to defeat insurgency in the country, The Punch reports.
Abubakar said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is also looking for partnership with private sectors in the purchase of advanced weapons and technologies, especially in the procurement of drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
He said, “In the last 3 years, the NAF fleets of aircraft have recorded unprecedented growth. A total of 16 brand new aircraft were purchased, while 13 previously grounded aircraft were reactivated with reactivation of another two presently in progress.
“The NAF is also conducting Periodic Depot Maintenance for 3 Alpha Jet aircraft and Life Extension Programme for 3 L-39ZA aircraft in Kainji and Kano, respectively.
“Platforms inducted into the NAF during the 2018 calendar year include additional Super Mushshak aircraft acquired from Pakistan, additional new Mi-35M Helicopters gunships delivered to Nigeria from the Russian Federation, Bell 412 helicopters, Tsaigunmi UAV and one Alpha Jet ferried in from the USA.
“In addition to these, the federal government has also released funds for the purchase of 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the government of the United States of America, while another 5 attack/utility helicopters have been ordered from Italy. “
The chief of staff also added that hearsay that terrorists from Syria and Iraq have been invading the country is false and that the military is winning the war against insurgency.
Abubakar also stressed the need for a healthy working relationship in the military even as he mentioned that experts from the US are participating in the NAF’s UAV project.
He said the current NAF administration has, within the last three and half years, recorded remarkable achievements in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.
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“This has been greatly facilitated by the acquisition of new platforms and reactivation of existing ones.
“The NAF has also witnessed enhanced professionalism through the expansion of its organizational structure and augmentation of its manpower strength; tremendous progress has also been made in the areas of human capacity development, enhancement of personnel welfare as well as Research and Development (R&D),” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that NAF said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a terrorists’ hideout and killed some of them at Kaicungul, a settlement about 100Km North West of Monguno, in Northern Borno.
It was reported that NAF spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, January 26 in Abuja.
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