Nigeria’s Airforce is beefing its fleet of Fighter Jets with expected supplies from United States of America, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Russia.
Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar said the Fighter Jets which will boost the capacity of Nigeria’s Airforce
Abubakar, who identified the NAF’s challenges as insufficient aircraft and low aircraft serviceability, said his men were working to meet up with the security challenges.
He said while Nigeria is expecting eight Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, it is also waiting for the Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.
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Moreover, there are five Super Mushshak aircraft expected from Pakistan, while the Yabhon Flash 20 Remote Piloted aircraft is also expected from the UAE.
“The enormous cost of aircraft acquisition and maintenance infers that such should be carved out as extra-budgetary expenditure while platform maintenance and upgrade must also be moved from recurrent to capital expenditure.
“From a total of 10 Mi-35M helicopters expected, the service has already acquired two, while an additional two are in the production line and to be delivered soon. There is also an indication of the sale of the Super Tucano aircraft by the United States Government.
“Furthermore, out of the expected 10 Super Mushshak primary trainer aircraft procured, five have been inducted into the NAF inventory to enhance flight training.
“In the same vein, efforts are ongoing for the acquisition of the Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft and delivery of the Yabhon Flash 20 Remote Piloted Aircraft.”