26 June 2016
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has concluded arrangements to acquire 10 super mesh training aircraft from Pakistan Air Force to boost security.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, made the disclosure at the graduation of 10 candidates of the Student Pilot Course 41B in Kaduna.
He said that the aircraft would be inducted into the 301 Flying Training School, Kaduna.
He said that Pakistani pilots would soon arrive to train Nigerian pilots at the 310 Flying Training School.
Abubakar said that the induction of the super mesh aircraft would enhance the capability of student pilots to the full spectrum of military flying training.
The Air Force recently sent 20 of its pilots for further training in the United Kingdom and South Africa; 10 went to each of the two countries.
Abubakar said another set of eight pilots were being trained at the International Aviation College, Ilorin.
He said the NAF was doing everything humanly possible to locate and destroy the radio station allegedly being operated by Boko Haram insurgents and commended the graduating pilots for completing the flying course within five months.
“It is a feat the NAF has not recorded for several years now,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has said that his administration would support the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian military in finding lasting solution to the nation’s security challenges.
He said: “we have had cause to work with the military in Kaduna State, including the NAF Training Command and we recognise the benefits of having the armed forces in Kaduna State and we intend to encourage it.
“ We have been giving the NAF and all the armed forces in Kaduna the needed cooperation they deserve.
“We are planning the expansion of Kaduna across the river in the eastern side; we are going to set aside an entire district for the Nigerian military.
“The partnership has brought a lot of benefits to the state; the NAF has played a very important role in restoring peace and security in the state.
“ They have been in the lead with the support we needed when we were fighting cattle rustling.
“They are supporting us in the area of fighting kidnapping and armed robbery.’’