- The Muhammadu Buhari administration is working on strengthening the defence potential of Nigeria
- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has since keyed into this project
- NAF's focus on training its personnel has given it an edge over other armed forces
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today, Friday, July 14, took delivery of the first batch of 5 out of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft being expected from Pakistan.
A statement by the NAF's director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the first batch of the trainer aircraft was received on arrival by the air officer commanding air training command, Air Vice Marshal Chris Okoye.
NAIJ.com gathered that they are meant for the primary flying training of NAF pilots at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.
NAIJ.com also gathered that the NAF had inducted the Super Mushshak aircraft into its inventory on December 5, 2016.
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This followed the kind gesture of the Pakistan Government to temporarily make 4 Super Mushshak aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force available to the NAF, at no cost, to immediately commence the training of NAF pilots.
Since then, the in-house training of NAF pilots had resumed in earnest. With the arrival of the first batch of the NAF's trainer aircraft, the local training of NAF student pilots will receive a boost at a much reduced cost.
The new aircraft will soon be inducted into service after assembly and successful test flights.
Recently, the Nigerian Air Force established two new commands namely Air Training Command (ATC) with Headquarters in Kaduna and Ground Training Command (GTC) with headquarters in Enugu.
These new commands were excised from the now defunct Training Command (TC) thereby bringing the total number of commands in the NAF to 6.
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