Abuja - The Nigerian Air Force has
intensified research and development efforts to produce locally-made spares and
other related equipment.
This part of plans to address the challenges associated
with spares procurement from third party countries.
It is in line with the Research and Development Seminar
held in Kaduna recently as well as the
Chief of Air Staff (CAS) vision to ‘reposition the Nigerian Air Force
into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building
initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in
response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.’
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who
expressed optimism while receiving the interim report from a committee
establish to drive the NAF’s objectives to manufacture equipment locally,
stated that the NAF was at the verge of breaking even at producing locally made
spares for maintenance of its aircraft.
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Speaking at the Air Force Headquarters in Abuja, he said
the research outcomes of the committees will save the country enormous
resources in hard currency and the time lag experienced in purchasing spare and
military hardware from other countries.
Abubakar urged the committees to intensify their efforts
and pledged to provide the much needed support and enabling environment for
them to succeed.
Earlier, while presenting the interim report, the leader
of the team, Air Vice Marshal Kayode Beckley, stated that various experiments
were currently on-going at different NAF units with the overall aim of using
local content to address the issue of maintenance and procurement of spares.
The Air Force is playing an integral part in the
fight against the rampaging Boko Haram insurgents.
- CAJ News