The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday inducted three reactivated aircraft in Kano, to enhance its platforms and engagement in the campaign against insurgency and banditry in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who spoke during the handover of the reactivated L-39ZA aircraft at the 403 Flying Training School (FTS), Kano, said that the platforms would enhance NAF operations.
Abubakar said that the aircraft were reactivated with the support of technical partners from the Czech Republic and NAF engineering personnel at the training school.
He said that reactivation work on two L-39ZA aircraft were successfully completed, while the remaining one would soon be concluded.
Besides, the air chief said that the air force was currently reactivating two Alpha jets at Kainji, while one other jet would be reactivated at Ikeja, Lagos State.
He said that the aircraft reactivation would facilitate the capacity building of NAF personnel, reduce aircraft maintenance costs and enhance air support operations in the theatre of operations.
Abubakar said that the air force prioritised collaboration with technical partners to train its personnel so as to ensure the effective maintenance of its platforms.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to NAF, Abubakar reiterated the commitment of the air force in the war against insurgency, banditry and the protection of the nation’s territorial integrity.
The CAS also inaugurated the 403 FTS historical gallery at the training facility.