…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff in Nigeria, recently announced that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) is expecting 51 additional equipment to strengthen the country’s counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations.
The announcement was made during Abubakar’s operational tour of NAF units in Makurdi, Benue State.
The Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, provided further details about the upcoming acquisitions, emphasizing their importance in enhancing training and air power projection.
Expectation of New Equipment:
The upcoming acquisitions for the Nigeria Air Force are expected to consist of various types of helicopters, surveillance aircraft, and attack aircraft.
Air Vice Marshal Abubakar stressed that these new platforms will play a crucial role in bolstering training and airpower employment to enhance the force’s capabilities in countering insurgency and terrorism.
Federal Government’s Commitment:
Air Vice Marshal Abubakar acknowledged the Federal Government’s commitment to providing the necessary tools to ensure the Nigeria Air Force’s readiness and effectiveness.
These acquisitions highlight the government’s dedication to enhancing the force’s capacity for safe training and agile airpower deployment.
Focus on Joint Efforts and Cooperation:
During his visit to Makurdi, Abubakar emphasized the significance of cooperation and joint efforts in addressing the country’s ongoing security challenges.
He called for increased cooperation among personnel and other security agencies, stressing the importance of seamless interoperability of equipment and joint force employment by different services.
Responsibility and Expectations:
Air Chief Marshal Abubakar reminded personnel of the high expectations of Nigerians for the Armed Forces in restoring peace, security, and ensuring a prosperous nation.
He underscored the critical role the Armed Forces play in safeguarding the nation’s well-being.
Operational Tour and Engagement:
The operational tour provided an opportunity for the Chief of Air Staff to directly engage with officers and personnel on the ground in Makurdi.
This engagement aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges and conditions faced by NAF personnel.
The Nigeria Air Force’s expected acquisition of 51 new equipment reflects the government’s commitment to enhancing the force’s capabilities in countering insurgency and terrorism.
The announcement by Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar highlights the importance of joint efforts and cooperation in addressing the nation’s security challenges.
The tour of NAF units provided a valuable opportunity for the Chief of Air Staff to connect with personnel and strengthen their resolve in ensuring peace, security, and prosperity for Nigeria.
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