Insurgents in Trouble As NAF Takes Delivery of 26th Fighter Jet
- NAF has continued to intensify its efforts in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities
- In light of this, the air force received three newly acquired JF-17 multi-role Thunder aircraft
- The induction of the 3 JF-17 Thunder brings the total number of aircraft acquired by the President Buhari-led administration to 26
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF)'s quest to deal with Boko Haram, armed banditry, and other criminal activities has received a major boost.
On Thursday, May 20, NAF inducted 3 new JF-17 multi-role Thunder aircraft acquired by the President Muhammdu Buhari-led administration into its inventory.
Legit.ng gathered that the induction ceremony took place at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi, Benue state.
This was made known by NAF, through its spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a statement shared on its Facebook page.
According to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, NAF under President Buhari inducted 26 brand-new aircraft into its inventory.
The Nigerian leader who was represented at the event by the minister of defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), said his administration would continue to work to tackle the challenges of terrorism.
Recall that five months ago, NAF took delivery of a second Mi-171E Helicopter acquired from Serbia by the federal government.
The brand new helicopter was brought in Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at exactly 3.15 pm by the Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter aircraft at NAF Base Makurdi.
The aircraft would be assembled in Makurdi by a team from the equipment vendor, assisted by NAF technicians, prior to test-flying and formal induction into the NAF.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Air Vice-Marshal, Hassan Abubakar said that in the last 57 years, NAF has acquired enough armament to stave off any external aggression against Nigeria’s sovereignty.
Abubakar, the chairman, organising committee for the 57th anniversary of NAF made the disclosure in a press briefing attended by a Legit.ng reporter on Friday, May 14, in Abuja.
According to him, NAF has over the years grown into a formidable force within the West African sub-region.