NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
13 February, 2013
(..) Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, while inspecting NAF facilities in Abuja, faulted a report which claimed that the Nigerian Air Force has only one aircraft. He said the force has no fewer than 16 aircraft types that are all being
used for military operations both within and outside the country.
“We have up to 16 aircraft types in Nigeria. If somebody said we have only one aircraft, what of the aircraft that are being used by the Army, are they not aeroplanes? What of the ones flying everywhere chasing Boko Haram members in the country? Are they not aeroplanes? There are some in various stages of repairs. You have the regular maintenance and there is one(Dornier Do 228) that is available for training (at Kaduna) and there are three undergoing 300 and 600 hours inspection and these are inspections that don’t take too long.’’
The air chief said he was satisfied with
what he met on ground as the essence of the tour was to know where to improve on the facilities and how to go about it.
DAILY TRUST reports the air chief as having said that “the Air Force has a total of 16 aircraft types and all of them are serviceable including the C-130 and Alpha jets recently deployed to Mali for peace support operations.” and that the new vision of the air force chief is “to transform the force into a self reliant and highly professional fighting force through the application of innovative technology in fulfillment of national defence and security objectives.”
(additional reporting by “DAILY TRUST”)