- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) international collaborations are paying off gradually
- The NAF is set to receive three JF- 17 fighter aircraft from the Pakistani Air Force
- The battle hardened aircraft was jointly produced by Pakistan and China
As Nigeria continues its quest to route out criminal elements within its borders, three JF- 17 fighter aircraft would soon be added into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to boost its operations.
This was disclosed by the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, during a visit to the headquarters of the NAF in Abuja on Monday, October 14.
Addressing journalists after alongside the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Pakistani air chief described the JF- 17 as a battle-hardened aircraft.
He said the aircraft was jointly produced by Pakistan and China.
According to him, his visit to Nigeria was to strengthen collaboration between the two Air Forces in the areas of training, joint exercises, equipment and manufacturing.
He said this was part of the larger defence cooperation, which Pakistan seeks to establish with the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“It is an official bilateral visit that I am conducting. I am looking forward to defence corporation not only in the Air Force, but in the military including the Army and Navy.
“The purpose is to further accentuate, enhance and boost the scope of operation and take it to the next millage,” he said.
On his part, Air Marshal Abubakar said discussions with the Pakistani air chief will revolve around partnership and building capacity.
He said: “The kind of challenges we are facing in the 21st century are challenges that require collaboration, are challenges that require partnerships and that is what we have done in the last four years.
“So many of our officers are training in the Pakistani Air Force and I think that partnership will ultimately impact positively on what we are doing in Nigeria.”
Recall that the Nigerian Army recently appealed to lawmakers in the National Assembly to provide helicopters for military operations against Boko Haram terrorists fighting in the northeast.
This was stated by the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
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