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Vehicle maker praised for aiding fight against terror

10 February 2016, 19:01

Abuja - The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has lauded Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Company for providing the technical support that has enabled the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) sustain its operations against the Boko Haram.

Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director of Public  Relations and Information, said the company, at a time when the NAF would have been forced to ground its entire fleet of Alpha Jets due to lack of brake assembly, helped to modify and overhaul the brake assembly of the MB-339 aircraft for adoption on the jets.

“This ingenious effort by IVM is instrumental to the continued operation of the Alpha Jets, and had helped to save the day when help was not forthcoming from abroad,” said Famuyiwa.

He said the collaboration between the NAF and IVM was in line with one of the key drivers of the CAS vision which is “strategic partnership with ministries, departments and agencies for enhanced research and development.”

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“Beyond the feat, the NAF is poised to exploit the possibilities of mass producing the Alpha Jet break assembly and other parts locally by partnering with IVM, as well as other credible organisations, to build own capacity for enhanced self-reliance.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of IVM has expressed the readiness of his company to partner with the NAF to help manufacture locally some of the spares needed to keep its aircraft operational.

He noted such synergy as existing between the NAF and IVM would help to reduce the dependence on foreign technologies while promoting self-reliance, as well as technological and economic development.

- CAJ News


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