The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of three Alpha Jet aircraft at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji.
This is in line with NAF’s drive of constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance its ability to more effectively and efficiently employ air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.
The director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the in-country PDM, is expected to further boost aircraft availability for the conduct of air operations, whilst enhancing the capacity of NAF engineers and technicians involved in the maintenance activity.
The statement added that it would also further improve the NAF’s self-reliance and prudent management of resources.
He recalled that, the NAF had also begun conducting in-country PDM of one of its C-130 aircraft, NAF 917, at the 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (631 ACMD).
He explained that the PDM on NAF 917 has reached an advanced stage while the in-house life extension programme on another C-130H aircraft, NAF 913, was completed earlier this year.
He noted that these have all contributed to raising the serviceability status of NAF operable aircraft from about 36 per cent in 2015 to its current levels of between 78 and 82 per cent.
He further noted that NAF recently recovered another Alpha Jet aircraft, NAF 476, from the United States of America.
He explained that the aircraft was ferried into Nigeria on 6 December, 2018 and would soon be deployed for operations in the Northeast.
Furthermore, “the NAF is expecting the delivery of the first batch of Agusta Westland 109 Power attack helicopters, comprising two units, ordered from Italy.
The aircraft would be inducted into the Service by the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, in March 2019.”
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