Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) now manufactures missile heat shields, hydraulic accumulator diaphragm and maintains its aircraft locally.
Abubakar spoke in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at a public lecture of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), entitled: The Role of Nigerian Air Force in Contemporary Security Challenges.
The CAS said prior to his administration, the NAF relied on its foreign partners for almost everything.
He said: “The service has undertaken various initiatives singly and in conjunction with credible partners. These have already yielded positive outcomes.
“For example, the service now produces a better version of the hydraulic accumulator diaphragms for its Mi-35 helicopter and L-39 aircraft fleet.”
“In the same vein, the Air Force Research and Development Centre made breakthroughs in the local production of Missile Heat Shields.
“Additionally, the NAF now collaborates with Innoson Group of Companies to mass-produce brake pads and rivets for the Alpha Jet aircraft, which were unavailable, due to closure of its production lines.”
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