In its continued aerial attack on Boko Haram insurgents in North-East region, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said it has acquired more sophisticated aircraft to complement soldiers on counterterrorism operations.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu said some of these aircraft were in the area of continuation of fleet, logistics and infrastructural renewal, which include acquisition of new aircraft like the King Air 350, Mi- Series Helicopter Gunship, UAVs and DA-42 Diamond Aircraft.
Amosu made the revelation in Abuja during the celebration of 51st anniversary of the force, which also marks his second anniversary as the 19th Chief of the Air Staff.
The air chief said: “I am happy to inform you that so much have been achieved for the NAF within the period under review. Some of the existing platforms reactivated within the period under review include the C-130 aircraft, Super Puma Helicopter Gunship and DO-228.”
Amosu also said that NAF had successfully installed and programmed newly acquired Harris 7850 multiband radios in the North East to aid operations against insurgency.
According to him, the NAF, which has been playing a pivotal role in the battle against terrorism, also successfully conducted periodic deport maintenance and A-Check of Alpha Jet aircraft, C-130H aircraft, Mi-35P Heli and G-222 aircraft while also providing adequate spares for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of aircraft, recalling that NAF was formally established on 18 April 1964 with the passage of the Air Force Act 1964 by the Nigerian parliament with the objectives of defending the Federal Republic by air and giving effective training to its personnel in the air as well as on the ground.
Over the years, he noted, the NAF had progressively grown to its present enviable position and has proudly justified its existence by performing its constitutional roles.
Amosu said under his command, 123 foreign courses involving 426 persons of different specialties had been conducted while 14 new NAF units have also been established across the country including a Mother and Child Hospital in Badagry.

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