*Flying training of NAF pilots boosted
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the second batch of Super Mushshak trainer aircraft ordered by the Federal Government from Pakistan.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Adesanya, the more Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter aircraft that brought the new Super Mushshak aircraft touched down at NAF Base Kaduna State, at exactly 7.45a.m. on Sunday.
He said that Chief of Logistics at NAF Headquarters, AVM Bello Garba, received the new aircraft on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The director added that a combined team of NAF and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) personnel was also on hand to assist in offloading the new aircraft, some parts of which came in crates.
“In addition, officials of the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service were present to ensure necessary documentation. The newly delivered aircraft, which are capable of being used for acrobatics training, are all brand new and fitted with digital glass cockpit.
“The aircraft, five in number, form the final batch of a total of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft, the procurement of which the present administration initiated in 2016.
“As at 2015, local primary flying training in the Nigerian Air Force was almost grounded, thereby necessitating the procurement of the Super Mushshak Aircraft,” he said.
Consequently, with the delivery of the new Super Mushshak aircraft, primary flying training of Nigerian Air Force pilots at 401 Flying Training School (FTS) Kaduna State, has just received a boost.
Adesanya said the delivery of the aircraft would go a long way in assisting the service to sustain the process of building capacity to effectively prosecute the counter-insurgency operations in the North- East.
It will also assist in countering other forms of criminalities in the country.
The director said further that NAF personnel had undergone training in Pakistan as Instructor Pilots and technicians on the Super Mushshak aircraft, as part of the contract.
He added that the delivery went without any hitches and the Ilyushin 76 Aircraft had departed from Nigeria.
Adesanya said the newly received aircraft would now be assembled in Nigeria by a team of PAF and Nigerian Air Force technicians prior to test flying and formal induction into NAF.
NAF took delivery of the first batch of five brand new super Mushshak aircraft on July 14, 2017, following their induction and deployment for primary training of NAF pilots