The Nigerian Air Force procures JF-17 multi-role thunder Aircraft as part of aggressive machinery to combat the undying insurgency in Nigeria. At the 57 Nigerian Air Force anniversary, yesterday 20-04-2021, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Oladayo Amao, heightened the benefit of the newly acquired JF-17, multi-role thunder aircraft. He also commends officers and men for their fighting spirit and native support to the NAF family to help curb the insurgency.
Air Marshal Amao Address on JF-17 Multi-role Thunder Aircraft
The induction of the newly acquired JF-17 multi-role Thunder aircraft marks the climax of the NAF 57th anniversary celebration and another milestone of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration unwavering resolve to equip and energize the NAF and indeed the entire AFN towards combating terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and other threats.
Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the NAF has inducted 23 brand new aircraft into its inventory, comprising 10 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft and 13 rotary-wing combat platforms and 5 Mi-35M helicopter gunships. Others are 4 Agusta 109 Power helicopters, 2 Mi-171E and 2 Bell 412 multi-role helicopters.
The induction of the 3 JF-17 Multi-role Thunder Aircraft thus brings the total number of newly inducted aircraft in the last 6 years to 26. These aircraft have significantly boosted our operational effectiveness in the fight to defeat all threats to the Nation and its citizenry. Through synergy with surface forces, the freedom of action of the insurgents/terrorists in the North East has been effectively curtailed. Consequently, NAF combat and combat support operations, energized by our up-scaled Order of Battle, have contributed to improving the security situation in the North East, whilst also contributing significantly to dealing with threats in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country.
JF-17 Multi-role Thunder Aircraft
Speaking further, the CAS disclosed that the NAF is expecting 20 additional platforms, comprising 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States of America and 8 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that would arrive in Nigeria in no distant time.
These additional aircraft, according to the CAS, will no doubt inject significant impetus into the NAF’s air power employment capability in support of joint operations. He added that through the immense support of the Federal Government, the NAF has been able to train 133 new pilots during the period to effectively man the new platforms, as well as others, as expected. The CAS, therefore, expressed his deepest appreciation to the C-in-C, for his untiring support towards the meeting.
The induction ceremony was attended by the Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, Chairman of Senate and House Committees on Defence and Air Force, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, former Chiefs of Defence and Air Staff including Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi (Rtd), Brigadier General Emmanuel Ikwue (Rtd), AVM Abdullahi Dominic Bello (retired) and AVM Femi John Femi (Rtd). Others are Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin (Rtd), Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar (Rtd), Air Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu (Rtd) and other senior officers both serving and retired.
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