- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is instituting a robust maintenance culture for the sustenance of platforms and equipment serviceability
- This was made manifest as the NAF the successfully conducted 400 hours scheduled maintenance inspection on an F-7 fighter trainer aircraft in-house
- It was achieved on an F-7 fighter trainer aircraft by engineers and technicians of the 131 Engineering Group (131 Engr Gp) Makurdi
The sustenance of platforms and equipment serviceability of the NAF received another boost with the successful in-house conduct of 400 hours scheduled maintenance inspection on an F-7 fighter trainer aircraft by engineers and technicians of the 131 Engineering Group (131 Engr Gp) Makurdi recently.
This was revealed on Tuesday, August 7, when the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, conducted an operational visit to NAF Base Makurdi, and the proposed site for the 21 Quick Response Wing (21 QRW) in Agatu, Benue state.
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the CAS, who was accompanied by other senior officers from NAF Headquarters, was received by the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao.
While briefing the CAS, the Commander 131 Engr Gp, Air Commodore Pius Oahimire, stated that the conduct of such a high level maintenance inspection by NAF personnel, without foreign assistance, was a historic achievement.
He noted that the feat had only been made possible through the current NAF leadership’s intensive human capacity development initiatives which had empowered the technicians with the necessary skills and confidence to do the job.
He therefore thanked the CAS for creating the enabling environment that facilitated the realization of the feat including the provision of necessary resources and approval of special allowances for the aircraft technicians involved in the inspection.
Speaking further, the Commander stated that the in-house inspection had cost the NAF N3 Million; whereas over N30 Million would have been required if done by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or an external maintenance repair facility.
The 400 hours scheduled inspection was completed in 3 weeks and involved the removal, servicing, testing and re-installation of the aircraft engine and other major components.
The 21 QRW was established to enhance NAF’s response capabilities in dealing with internal security threats along the Benue-Nasarawa corridor.
Before departing from Makurdi, Air Marshal Abubakar held a fruitful interactive session with officers, airmen and airwomen of NAF units in Makurdi.
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Two weeks ago, the NAF said it had successfully completed the in-house life extension programme on one of its C-130H aircraft, NAF 913.
In a statement on Wednesday, July 25, the NAF said the airlift capability of the service has been improved following the extension programme the aircraft.
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