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Air Force set to resume local spares production

24 November 2015, 10:03Emeka Okonkwo

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.

Also Read: Nigerian Air Force jet crashes, killing pilot: official

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

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