We’ve acquired enough airpower to protect Nigeria’s integrity, says NAF

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The Air Force (NAF) said it has acquired enough armament in the last 57 years to stave off any external aggression against Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Briefing journalists as part of activities to mark NAF 57 anniversary, Air Vice Marshal Hassan Abubakar, prided that in the last five years, the Air Force has inducted 25 aircrafts to boost it air capabilities.

Another platform, JF-17! Thunder aircraft also be inducted to expand NAF’s airpower in commemoration of the anniversary.

He said this year’s anniversary with the theme ‘Enhancing Air Force Airpower Capabilities for Effective Joint Operations in Response to Contemporary National Security Challenges’ is aimed at “emphasizing the renewed focus on cooperation and collaboration among the in military operations.”

Abubakar also informed that the theme is in tandem with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff’s vision to “enhance and sustain critical airpower capabilities required for joint Force employment in pursuit of national security imperatives”.

According to him, “you agree with me that the Air Force has grown over the years into a formidable Force within the West African sub-region and it is only rational to celebrate its existence as well as the laudable achievements recorded over the years”.

Abubakar disclosed further that “one unique activity that be carried out during this year’s anniversary is the launching of the Air Force tele-medicine facility in Abuja.

“The aim of establishing the facility is to enhance provision of excellent medicare to personnel and their dependants as well as civilian beneficiaries at the lowest cost”.

This year’s anniversary according to Abubakar be a low key event “but structured to enlighten Nigerians of the efforts of the NAF in the fight against insurgency.”