Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is awaiting the delivering of new platforms to beef up their capability in the ongoing war in the North East region.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, who made this known in Abuja at a meeting with online media editors, listed the platforms as including MI-35m attack helicopter from Russia, J-17 fighter plane and Mushkak trainer jets from Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan’s Air Force Chief of Staff will arrive the country soon to witness the induction of the Mushkak trainer jets and J-17 fighter planes into the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna.
To improve operational performance, Abubakar said that over 700 Nigerian pilots are undergoing training in several countries, such as the UK, South Africa, Pakistan, China, Egypt and the US.
He further stated that “In the last 18 months, we have flown almost 3000 hours with no incident. In terms of competence I can tell you that the Nigerian Air Force pilots are amongst the most competent. Because the training curriculum is very clear.
“That is why now in the Air Force you look at the wings, pilots wear wings. We have categorized the wings according to their skill levels. We also organize simulation training for our pilots, we organize evaluation visits where pilots are evaluated without any notice. We have also sent over 700 personnel of the NAF to different parts of the world to train and acquire the skills required for them to be effective.”
He also said the air force is currently assisting the Nigerian Army and Navy in the North and South in countering criminal activities of terrorists and militants through operational strategy, air interdictions strategy and soft-core strategy