NIGERIAN Air Force, NAF, said it had established its first indigenous helicopter Periodic Depot Maintenance, PDM. The Air Officer Commanding, AOC, NAF Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Sani Ahmed announced the launch yesterday in Lagos at the end of a two-day logistics workshop. Nigerian Pilot recalls that the idea of establishing an in-country PDM centre was conceived two years ago, aimed at taking care of NAF’s indigenous aircraft, and Air Vice Marshal Ahmed said now that the centre was ready for use, it would take care of servicing all NAF’s helicopters instead of flying them abroad for maintenance or bringing in expatriates to fix them, as was obtainable in the past. Besides, the air chief said local engineering scheme would eliminate huge spending for the air force and at the same time create employment and enhance local capacity. Ahmed said, “The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar has given the go ahead for the helicopter in country PDM. The depot will take care of all maintenance of all helicopters for the NAF. “While we have begun in country PDM for our aircrafts, especially the C-130, there is no PDM for helicopters anywhere in Nigeria. It’s purely an indigenous PDM centre, where NAF staff will work, repair and maintain our helicopters. For now, we will not go commercial but we will concentrate on only repairs of NAF helicopters.”

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