The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially received two more Diamond-62 aircraft.

The new aircraft were welcomed at a ceremony in Ilorin, Kwara State, according to a statement issued by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, stated during the ceremony that the process that resulted in the arrival of the two additional aircraft began about two years ago when the Federal Government appropriated funds for the acquisition of four Diamond-62 aircraft for the NAF.

According to him, “Out of the four aircraft, the first two aircraft were delivered between February and July 2023 while the remaining two were being received today.”

Furthermore, Abubakar stated that the two DA-62 aircraft obtained earlier this year have been deployed to operating rooms in support of ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability in difficult areas throughout the country.

While advising the aircraft’s air and ground crew to maintain discipline and professionalism, Abubakar also reminded them to “ensure the proper maintenance and operation of the aircraft in line with recommended best practises by the Original Equipment Manufacturer.”

He also implored them to leverage the capabilities available on the aircraft to enhance NAF’s operational efficiency.

The statement read in parts, “In paying glowing tribute to the FG for its commitment to revamping the fortunes of the NAF and other Services, the CAS also noted that the receipt of the two additional aircraft confirms the sincerity and commitment of the government towards ensuring peace returns to hitherto troubled spots.

“He went on to add that the NAF will in no distant time take delivery of additional platforms that include the M346FA aircraft, AW109 Trekker light attack helicopter, AH-1Z Super Cobra, T-129 ATAK helicopters and the King Air 360i Beechcraft aircraft.”

While speaking, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazak Abdulrahman, commended the NAF for its efforts, alongside other security agencies towards ridding the nation of its numerous security challenges.

Abdulrahman expressed his appreciation for the CAS for making Ilorin the home base of the DA-62 which is indicative of the peaceful and conducive nature of the state.

The statement added, “He then assured the CAS of his administration’s unwavering support to the NAF and other security agencies in their onerous tasks of safeguarding lives and properties”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, AVM Tajudeen Yusuf, noted that the “acquisition of the DA-62 aircraft stems from its ability to carry out robust missions in furtherance of combat operations.

“He then added that domiciling the DA-62 under 303 Medium Airlift Group in Ilorin will no doubt go a long way in breathing life into the unit while enhancing its operational activities.”


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