- US to give nod for sale of Super Tucano jets
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), as part of preparations towards inducting new platforms, is expanding the apron at the military wing of Yola International Airport to enhance air operations against Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and is inducting more aircraft into its inventory.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Monday that NAF is at present at the verge of inducting the Mi-35M helicopter gunship and JF-17 Thunder Fighter Ground Attack aircraft in addition to acquiring the Super Mushshack trainer aircraft.
Famuyiwa said that there are also strong indications that the US Government may give the nod sooner than expected with regards to the sale of Super Tucano to the NAF to replace the ageing Alpha jets.
He said that the proposed fleet expansion, according to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, necessitated the expansion of existing facilities including the apron, pilot crew room, office/residential accommodation and recreation facilities newly put-in place to enhance the welfare of the personnel and reposition the NAF for effective and efficient air operations.
The DOPRI said that the Governor of Adamawa State, Sen. Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, while commissioning the new projects, lauded the NAF for the commitment towards enhancing the welfare of its personnel.
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