The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Monday, unveiled an Alpha Jet aircraft anti-skid test bench, which it had locally produced, in collaboration with the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
The anti-skid braking system of the Alpha Jet aircraft is a critical system, which helps in slowing down the speed of the aircraft and maintaining its balance even on wet runways. The newly produced test bench helps to simulate the performance of the principal components of the anti-skid system thereby guiding maintenance.
The NAF and UNIMAID also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards consolidating on research and development efforts between the two organizations.
Speaking at the event, held at Air Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that with the signing of the MoU, UNIMAID had joined other Nigerian universities, polytechnics and research agencies, with which they had existing MoUs.
Air Marshal Abubakar remarked that the story of insurgency in the North East would not be complete without mentioning the contributions of UNIMAID, and the other NAF partnering institutions, whose collaborative efforts in the area of Research and Development had proved critical.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIMAID, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, used the opportunity to commend Abubakar for his passion, vision and zeal to develop a self-reliant Air Force. He also expressed his deep appreciation to the NAF, noting that UNIMAID would have been overrun by insurgents if not for the timely intervention and protection of the NAF.
He added that the reason behind the MoU was to ensure that the collaboration between the NAF and the University was sustained.
The NAF Chief of Standards and Evaluation, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar, used the occasion to present the recently issued NAF patent certificate for Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) to the Air chief.
Coming barely 2 months after the NAF won the National Technology and Innovation Award at the Technology and Innovation Expo 2017, the unveiling of the test bench is yet another milestone in the series of innovations.