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Insecurity: NAF expecting 15 aircraft, eight drones - ex-CAS

 Insecurity: NAF expecting 15 aircraft, eight drones - ex-CAS

The immediate past Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said that the 15 aircraft and eight drones being expected by the Nigeria Air Force would reposition the service in addressing the security challenges facing the nation.

According to him,  the air force now has enhanced research and

development capacity through its partnership with 15 Nigerian universities aimed at addressing certain aircraft maintenance challenges.

Speaking during the fly out ceremony at the NAF Base, Airport road, Abuja, on Tuesday,  the 20th CAS, who served for five years, six months and 13 days explained that his administration had added value to what it met in 2015 as well as contribute to the security and development of the nation.

He said, “In the last five years, we have been able to restructure and reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force.

“The flag of the Nigerian Airforce is today flying high from Agatu to Gembu to Gusau to Katsina to Daura to Owerri to Birin Gwari, Ipetu Ijesha, Kerang, Gombe and Bauchi. By the special grace of God Funtua will soon join up.

“I am confident that with the 15 aircrafts and eight  unmanned combat aerial vehicles we are expecting in no distant future, the service will be better positioned to be more decisive in addressing the security challenges facing the nation.”

He noted that the NAF would be able to employ air power more effectively, efficiently and timely in all theatres of operations across the country.

Abubakar congratulated the new Chief of the Air Staff and urged the personnel of the airforce to continue to give their best in the service of their fatherland.

The retired air marshal encouraged his successor to sustain and build on the initiatives he put in place in the last five years.

“The service through this initiative has trained and winged 133 pilots who today constitute 49 per cent of all active NAF pilots that are fighting in different theatres of conflicts to secure our country and protect our people.

“Another 21 pilots will be completing their training before the end of the first quarter of 2021 to join their comrades in the fight to defend our territorial integrity and national sovereignty,” he said.

The fly out ceremony witnessed a parade by NAF personnel and ended with the former CAS flown out of the NAF Base in a helicopter to symbolize his exit from service.

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