Air Chief Pleased With Maintenance Progress On Alpha Jets In NAF Base

Photos: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has stated that the ongoing in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of some Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jets, includes significant avionics upgrades that will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of air operations conducted with the aircraft.

The CAS disclosed this on Thursday while on an inspection visit to assess the progress of the PDM being executed at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji, Niger State, as well as other ongoing projects at NAF Base Kainji.

The CAS, who was accompanied by other senior officers from Headquarters (HQ) NAF as well as the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command (AOC ATC), Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Suleiman, was briefed on the progress of work by the Commander 407 ACTG, Squadron Leader Kingsley Igwegbe.

Igwegbe stated that the team of technical expatriates from Arlington Jets, United State of America, working jointly with NAF engineers and technicians, had begun work on preparing some of the parts of the airframe of the aircraft that had been shipped abroad for repairs and returned to Nigeria for mounting on the aircraft, while the upgrade of the avionics to meet current acceptable standards was progressing steadily.

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He observed that the avionics upgrade would not only enhance operational safety but also increase the reliability and effectiveness of the aircraft. Moreover, he noted that the challenges associated with unavailability of the spares for the old system would be eliminated as spares would now be readily available for prompt maintenance. He pledged that the team would continue to work tirelessly to ensure the job was completed on schedule.

While addressing the press after the inspection tour, the CAS expressed delight at the level of work done on the first 3 Alpha Jets and commended the Commander 407 ACTG as well as the team of NAF engineers and technicians for their hard work, commitment and dedication in ensuring steady progress of the job.

He urged them not to relent in their efforts at ensuring excellent and timely completion of the job. He emphasized that, apart from hastening the overall timeframe of the maintenance job, the in-country PDM, would allow the NAF personnel involved in the project to build their capacity to enable them ultimately carry out major aspects of such high-level maintenance activities on their own in the future.

The CAS, therefore, urged the personnel to make maximum use of the opportunity to enhance NAF’s self-reliance. He noted that completion of the in-country PDM would boost the NAF’s Air Power employment capability by increasing the number of Alpha Jet aircraft available for combat operations in the various Theatres of Operation.

Speaking further, Air Marshal Abubakar recalled that a similar life extension maintenance had been carried out recently on three L-39ZA aircraft in Kano, while an in-country PDM was also successfully carried out on a C-130 Hercules aircraft in Lagos, with the PDM of another C-130 also currently ongoing.

Furthermore, he disclosed that reactivation work on another Mi-35P helicopter was also in progress is in Portharcourt. He highlighted that, apart from building the capacity of NAF personnel, these local maintenance efforts had also resulted in huge foreign exchange savings for the Nation.

See photos of the inspection tour below:

Insurgency: Boko Haram Has Been Substantially Degraded – Chief Of Air Staff

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially degraded.

Abubakar, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s NewsNight on Monday, said the terrorists have been caged to the Lake Chad region.

“The situation (insurgency fight) today is far better than it was some four or five years back. Boko Haram has now been more or less caged to a particular area, mainly the Lake Chad area.

“In 2015, when we saw them coming to Abuja, Nyanya was bombed twice. Madalla, the United Nations headquarters was equally bombed. We also had an explosion in the Bannex Plaza area.

“So if we put the picture of where we are coming from and where we are today, I think it will be very safe to say that Boko Haram has been substantially degraded,” he said.

Although the Air chief admitted that the nation has not totally war the insurgency war, the military operations carried out since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded much gain.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

According to him, the achievements gathered so far is as a result of the Federal Government’s continued support to the Armed Forces and the troops battling the terrorists.

Speaking on the manpower of the nation’s Air Force, Air Marshall Abubabar recalled that the personnel as at 2015 were “grossly inadequate” in view of the security challenges.

But four years down the lane, he said that the nation has recruited about 7,500 servicemen into the system.

“Certainly, the manpower disposition of the service in 2015, in my opinion, was grossly inadequate (4:45) looking at the kind of challenges we are facing.

“And from 2015 to now, I think we have got about 7,500 recruits and we have also enlisted 400 Direct Short Service Commissioned officers apart from the ones coming from the Nigerian Defence Academy,” he said.

Tackle Insecurity With ‘Rugged Optimism’, Air Chief Tells Troops

NAF Releases List Of Shortlisted Candidates For Recruitment Interview
A file photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar/ [email protected]

 

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has enjoined personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), to redouble their efforts and engage the security challenges with rugged optimism and renewed determination, while remaining professional in the discharge of their constitutional duty.

The Air Chief in a statement on Tuesday asked the troops to always operate within the provisions of local and international laws.

“I wish to particularly thank all NAF personnel for their patriotism, dedication and countless sacrifices made in the various Theatres of Operation. Your valuable contributions have ensured that aircraft and ancillary equipment are available, logistics requirements are in place, administrative necessities are met, and personnel is combat-ready to tackle the challenges confronting the Nation.

“I, therefore, enjoin you all to redouble your efforts and engage the security challenges with rugged optimism and renewed determination, while remaining professional in the discharge of your constitutional duty of ensuring the security of our Beloved Nation and its Good People.

“You must also remember, in the course of your duties, to always operate within the ambits of extant local and international laws, while showing compassion and respect for all law-abiding citizens,’ he added.

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He also recalled officers who were killed in the line of duty and asked the troops to use the celebration of this festive season to remember them.

“Importantly, in our celebration of this festive season, let us also take time to remember our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in service to our fatherland.

“We remember them today as always and restate our commitment to cater to the needs of their loved ones and those they left behind. Let their memories and deeds spur us on to a higher level of dedication that would ensure that their sacrifices were not in vain.”

Insurgency War: NAF Takes Delivery Of Two New Helicopters

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of two new Agusta power attack helicopters which is set to be launched during the forthcoming NAF Day Celebration in Abuja.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information,
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola revealed on Monday.

He said that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was in Borno to mark the Easter celebrations with troops of the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation LAFIYA DOLE, commended the troops for their resilience and commitment in ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians are safe.

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The CAS reminded the personnel that so much was at stake in the fight to rid the Nation of insurgents, terrorists, armed bandits and other criminal elements.

He equally appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the NAF by ensuring the enabling environment and providing the necessary resources for the Service to perform its assigned duties, including the delivery of the 2 Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters.

“We can only show our gratitude for the President’s support to the NAF by remaining a disciplined force and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our activities. I, therefore, enjoin you all not to relent in your efforts”.

Below are photos of the Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters:

Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In Maiduguri

Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In MaiduguriThe Nigerian Air Force has established a cancer screening center at the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The centre which is the first of its kind in the state was commissioned by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who urged residents to take advantage of the centre through regular visits for early diagnosis.

“Cancer is one of the greatest risks in today’s context, and the sooner people are able to detect this disease which can be tackled in the early stages of diagnosis, I think the better it’ll be for everybody.

“What we need to do now is to begin to make the entire people of Borno State and beyond understand the need for them to come and screen themselves,” he said.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the establishment of the centre was borne out of the desire to alleviate the health challenges of personnel and their families, as well as members of the host community.

“Cancer is responsible for every one in six deaths and also the second leading cause of deaths globally, killing 8.8 million people every year while another 14 million people come down with the disease every year,” he lamented.

The screening center has been stocked with hi-tech equipment for immediate commencement of operations, as the Air Force currently runs two full-fledged emergency hospitals at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Bama and Dalori.

The commissioning of the screening centre was also witnessed by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and other top government officials.

Cancer Awareness: Air Force Organises Lecture, Screening For Personnel

Cancer Awareness: Air Force Organises Lecture, Screening For PersonnelThe Nigerian Air Force has organised a lecture and screening exercise for its personnel to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of cancer in the country.

Declaring the lecture open at the 461 NAF Hospital in Kaduna, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that the aim of the programme was to sensitize their personnel on how to detect cancers early enough through screening in order to prevent untimely deaths associated with late detection.

Represented by the Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Okoye, he stressed the importance of the health of his officers and men in the discharge of their duties.

According to him, there is no more efficient way to fight cancer than to prevent its spread through regular screening and sensitization programmes like this one.

He announced that the Nigerian Air Force has established cancer screening centres in its various hospitals across the country to provide its personnel, their families and host communities the opportunity to carry out regular checks in order to detect cancer early enough.

The Director Medical Services, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, explained that the cancer screening centres have been adequately equipped with modern facilities for screening of various types of cancer.

The theme for awareness programme is ‘Kick Cancer out of NAF Bases’, which emphasizes the need for both officers, airmen and airwomen to visit clinics and go for constant checks as the first edition of the initiative ended with voluntary screening of personnel.

The guest lecturer, Dr Sam Ojah highlighted some of the risk factors that are associated with cancer and how they can be avoided

Some of the risk factors according to him include age, gender, family history and life pattern of an individual among other factors.

He however emphasized that early detection of any type of cancer helps increase the rate of survival.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), breast and cervical cancers are the most common causes of cancer related deaths in women between the ages of 15-45 years.

Also, it is estimated that one in every 25 women are at risk of developing cancer in her life time.

However, the final outcome of the disease largely depends on the time of diagnosis.

Air Chief Condemns Renewed Bombings, Advocates Civilians’ Support

Sadique Abubakar, Air Chief, Bombings, Terrorists, Boko HaramThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has condemned the increasing rate of bomb attacks in Nigeria’s northeast region.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the renewed bombings in some part of the country were part of insurgence, especially with the dislodgment of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He, however, observed that the attacks were not peculiar, stressing that the military cannot deal with the menace alone.

The Air Chief explained that civilian intelligence and vigilance would play a big role to stop the activities of the dreaded insurgents.

He further stressed the importance of strong synergy between the civilians and the Nigerian Armed Forces, noting that it would critically reduce the incidences.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the corporation would also aid engagement with civilians through humanitarian efforts and psychological warfare.

The censure on the renewed bombings followed the attack on a mosque in the University of Maiduguri in Borno State in which four persons died with several others injured.

Barely 48 hours after the bombing, an accidental bombing of a civilian community occurred in Rann, also in Borno State.

The spokesman for the military, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, admitted that it was an error deeply regretted by the military.

He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists before the unfortunate occurrence took place.

National Security: Air Force Graduates 1,498 Recruits In Kaduna

National Insecurity: Air Force Graduates 1,498 Recruits In KadunaThe Nigeria Air Force (NAF), on Friday, graduated a total of 1,498 recruits of its Basic Military Training Course, with a warning to them to be vigilant and committed to their constitutional responsibilities of safe-guarding the nation.

During their passing out parade held at the Ground Training Centre, NAF base Kaduna, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country is facing several security challenges.

Their journey began in July 2016, with 1,563 candidates, while 49 were withdrawn and four absconded.

Also among the graduates were 331 operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As part of the effort to prepare the young airmen and airwomen for the task ahead, and in pursuance of the service’s mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for their course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.

Awards were given to recruits who distinguished themselves in the cause of the training

Addressing them, Air Marshal Abubakar, warned that the Nigerian Armed Forces, have zero tolerance for weakness and any conduct that is inconsistent with service discipline.

He reminded them to imbibe the culture of discipline, absolute loyalty to both civil and military authorities, and to avoid being used by any disgruntled elements in the society.

The Air Force boss, also announced that his administration places a high priority on welfare and capacity building of officers and men of the service.

The induction of the young men and women into the military, is not doubt coming at a time the nation is in dire need of additional manpower for her military needs.

Therefore, as they join their colleagues in the field, it is expected that they sticjk by the oath they took to protect all law abiding citizens and visitors from both internal and external aggression.

Defence Minister Insists Terrorists Have Been Largely Degraded

Mansur Dan-Ali, Nigerian Air Force, Boko Haram InsurgentsThe Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, believes the Boko Haram terrorists have been seriously degraded by the military, in spite of the latest attacks by the insurgents that claimed several lives in some states.

The minister reiterates the commitment of the Federal Government in building capacities of the Nigerian Armed Forces to enable them perform their statutory functions.

He made the remarks during the passing out parade of 99 officers of the Direct Short Service Course (DSSC) 25 at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State.

Addressing the newly commissioned officers, Mr Dan-Ali asked them to be prepared to play their part in defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity, as well as protecting the lives and property of the people.

He also challenged them to live above board and display a high level of competence and patriotism for the support service of the Nigerian Air Force.

Injecting Fresh Hands

The Defence Minister noted that the Air Force operates on a philosophy of zero tolerance for misconduct and cowardice, stressing that the authorities would demand nothing short of the very best from them.

He also implored the graduating officers to respect both military and civil authorities, as well as resist the temptation of taking laws into their hands.

Speaking to reporters after the parade, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the commissioning of the new officers into the service was in line with government’s effort in curbing terrorism by injecting fresh hands into the force.

The DSSC curriculum covers both military and general service subjects, which broadly introduces the cadets to military regimentation, as well as operations and administration of the Nigerian Air Force.

The cadets were drawn from different academic backgrounds such as medicine, engineering, pharmacy, and piloting among other disciplines.

For six months, they were subjected to rigorous physical fitness and weapon training to develop their endurance level, and have also received lectures on counter terrorism operations.

Counter Insurgency: Pakistan Offers Tactics To Nigeria

Counter Insurgency: Pakistani Chief Of Air Staff Offers TacticsThe Pakistani Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sohail Aman, has pledged to help Nigeria defeat terrorism and insurgency, especially in the north east.

He recommend the use of what he called the three d’s approach: deterrence, dialogue and development.

Air Marshal Aman explained that with the approach, the insurgents must first be relentlessly weakened to a point where they would be compelled to dialogue; a tactic he says Pakistan has employed in nearly two decades of fighting terrorism.

He also said development of the area of operation must be carried out by government authorities to ensure livelihood for the persons who might have been affected in the crisis.

He further added that neglecting this important aspect, negates all other efforts.

According to him, the terrorists tactics change regularly, and so must the strategies used to hunt them down such as real time intelligence, accurate surveillance, quick response and precision strikes.

The Pakistani Airforce Boss, is on an official visit to Nigeria for series of collaboration and exchange on matters of security and defense.

Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, has said that the command has taken advantage of the visit, to take a look at the Pakistan experience of over 15 years, in their fight against terrorism and insurgency and find lessons Nigeria might be able to learn.

Nigerian Airforce Acquires New Aircraft From Pakistan

Niger Delta, Air Marshall, MilitancyThe Nigerian Airforce (NAF), has increased the number of aircrafts in its fleet with the procurement of four Super Mushak Trainer Aircraft from Pakistan, for the training of student pilots.

Speaking during the induction and handing over of the aircraft in Kaduna, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and his Pakistani counterpart, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, explained that the new platforms would boost the fight against insurgency.

He noted that the latest acquisition of the Super Mushak aircraft would equally impact positively on pilot training efforts of the Nigerian Airforce and also in line with President Muhammdu Buhari’s commitment to equip the service for enhanced professionalism.

The Super Mushshak is a military trainer / light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

It was designed to provide primary flight training to the pilots of the PAF Academy and also could be used for both military and civilian missions.

The symbolic commissioning of the aircraft at the 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna marks the official takeover of the new platforms by the Nigerian Airforce.

Fight Against Terrorism

The Pakistan Chief of Air Staff who handed over the aircraft to his Nigerian counterpart, described the induction of the aircraft as a valuable addition to the capacity building of the Nigerian Airforce and in the fight against terrorism.

According to him, “the existing global security scenario coupled with the changing dynamics of warfare calls for enhanced partnership among nations and their armed forces.

“Certainly, the induction of Super Mushak is a leap forward towards promoting strategic partnership.

“Indeed, both Pakistan and Nigeria are facing similar challenges and our countries are determined to maintain peace, stability and security.

“The armed forces of both countries have played a pivotal role in the war against terror.

Aman went on to compliment the government of Nigeria and its armed forces for resolute commitment and relentless efforts for elimination of the menace of terrorism.

“I am confident that together we can befittingly respond to these challenges. The convergence of our perceptions on different global issues ensures tremendous scope for our two nations for greater understanding and closer cooperation.

“I am proud to share that the armed forces of Pakistan have rendered unparalleled sacrifices and made tremendous contributions to eliminating the scourge of terrorism and restoring peace in the country.

“Our successes have received worldwide acclaim. It is pertinent to mention that in our more than a decade long war against terrorism, Pakistan Air Force has gained unique experiences in the domain of counter terrorism air operations, and we have established an air power of excellence,” Pakistains Airforce boss said.

Mr Abubakar on the other hand, sees the latest acquisition of new trainer aircraft is dawn of a new era.

According to him, “the NAF has made tremendous progress in platform reactivation, training and welfare of personnel.

“In the area of platform reactivation, the NAF has restored 15 airplanes and helicopters to flying status in the last 17 months. Efforts are also at an advanced stage to reactivate 4 additional airplanes that will very soon be serviceable and deployed for operations.

“Similarly, the government has approved the procurement/induction of 4 gunships, four medium airlift/utility helicopters, three light attack aircraft and 10 primary trainers, part of which we are inducting today.

“By the end of the first quarter of 2017, the NAF would have 21 additional new platforms in its inventory.

“We are highly excited of this development because the last time the NAF was given such number of platforms at a time was in the early 80s,” Nigeria’s Air Marshall said.

During the event, a total of 14 new pilots who have completed their training were decorated as flying officers. One after another, the pilots filed out for decoration by some dignitaries who graced the occasion.

The 301 Flying Training School Kaduna is Nigeria’s foremost institution for training pilots in the Nigerian Airforce.

Since its establishment in 1964, it has churned out hundreds of pilots including the current Chief of the Air Staff.

With the acquisition of these latest aircraft and the graduation of a new set of pilots into the Nigerian Air force, it is expected that the nation looks up to them as critical stakeholders in response to the national security imperatives.

Air Force Boosts Training, War On Terror With 4 Aircraft From Pakistan

Nigerian Air Force Weaponises Alpha JetThe Nigerian Air Force has increased the number of aircraft in its fleet with the latest procurement of four Super Mushak trainer aircraft from Pakistan for the training of student pilots.

At the induction and handing over ceremony of the Aircraft, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the procurement of the modern platforms would boost the service capabilities in the fight against insurgency and other related crimes.

He noted that the latest acquisition of the Super Mushak aircraft would impact positively on pilot training efforts of the Nigerian Air Force and also in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to equipping the service for enhanced professionalism.

The Super Mushak is a military trainer and light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

It was designed to provide primary flight training to the pilots of the PAF Academy and also could be used for both military and civilian missions.

Boost Ongoing War On Terror

The symbolic commissioning of the aircraft at the 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna marks the official takeover of the new platforms by the Nigerian Air Force.

The Pakistan Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who handed over the aircraft to his Nigerian counterpart, described the induction of the aircraft as a valuable addition to the capacity building of the Nigerian Air Force and in the fight against terrorism.

During the event, a total of 14 new pilots, who have completed their training, were decorated as flying officers.

One after another, the pilots filed out for decoration by some dignitaries who graced the occasion.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Danjuma Sheni, who represented the Minister, expressed confidence that the acquisition of the aircraft and the graduation of new pilots into the Nigerian Air Force would boost the ongoing war against terrorism in the northeast and other related crimes in Nigeria.

He, however, urged the Air Force and other sister agencies not to rest on their oars in addressing the rising cases of kidnapping and militancy.

Addressing reporters at the end of the event, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff and Pakistan Chief of Air Staff further gave the assurance that regular flow of spare parts, technical and operational support required to keep the aircraft flying were available.

The 301 Flying Training School Kaduna is Nigeria’s foremost institution for training pilots in the Nigerian Air Force.

Since its establishment in 1964, it has churned out hundreds of pilots including the current Chief of the Air Staff.

With the acquisition of the latest aircraft and the graduation of a new set of pilots into the Nigerian Air Force, it is expected that the nation looks up to them as critical stakeholders in response to the national security imperatives.