Nigeria unveils Super Mushshak trainer aircraft

Asma'u Halilu, Abuja

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has unveiled five Super Mushshak trainer aircraft acquired by the Government from to boost the capacity of Nigeria Air Force, NAF, personnel.
The five aircraft are among the 10 acquired by the government from Pakistan.
Professor Osinbajo said Nigeria would welcome more support from friendly Nations in its efforts to defeat Boko haram insurgency.
“I will not fail to mention that the decision to acquire the Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan has greatly promoted the existing bilateral relationship between the two sister countries,” he stated.
The Acting President hoped that Nigeria would continue to have the support and collaboration of other friendly nations, especially as the country continues to combat insurgency and other security challenges.
Investing in air arsenal
Professor Osinbajo also witnessed the graduation of 16 young Student Pilots from 401 Flying Training School for the first time in 30 years and pledged that government would continue to invest in air arsenal.
President Muhammadu Buhari had two years ago pledged to build the capacity of the armed forces to effectively address Boko Haram insurgency and other national security threats.
“These achievements are a demonstration of the commitment and visionary leadership of this government.
“We have since embarked on qualitative training and acquisition of new platforms and other supporting equipment for the Armed Forces and security agencies,” the Acting President explained.
He stressed that their administration has also sanitised the procurement process of military hardware with a view to eliminating corruption and inefficiency.
“I make bold to say that we have achieved remarkable savings and infused quality into the system…It is now your responsibility to make good use of the aircraft as we await the delivery of the last batch by the end of the year,” he added.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali represented the Acting President at the event in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said NAF has attained 70 per cent aircraft serviceability as against 30 per cent two years ago.
Mr Abubakar said that the training of several combat pilots and other capacity building initiatives had raised the morale of air personnel and their efficiency.
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