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‘NAF given 45 aircraft in six months’ — Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, said the Federal Government has deployed 45 more aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force in the last six months.

Abubakar made this revelation in Katsina on Tuesday.

Abubakar’s visit to the North-West theatre of operations was to celebrate Christmas and have lunch with frontline troops of the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji and 213 Forward Operating Base in the state that has been hit by bandit activities.

In his message, the Chief of Air Staff identified the military aircraft as four-diamond, 62 multipurpose aircraft, two T129 attack helicopters, and one Beechcraft 360 aircraft.

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According to him, other pending acquisitions include 2 Kasa 295 medium airlift surveillance aircraft, 12 AH10 attack helicopters, and 24 M346 attack aircraft.

He said that all the acquisitions demonstrate the Federal Government’s deep commitment to equipping the Nigerian Air Force for the safe conduct of training and to meet the nation’s security challenges.

He highlighted the recent efforts made by troops towards successful operations in the region, praying for the repose of the departed fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price in the defence of the country.

“We shall continue to provide all logistics and necessary support to the troops to ensure success in their operations,” Abubakar said.

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