The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has led a
delegation of senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers on a visit to
Azerbaijan to seek strategic partnership in capacity building and
development of Nigeria’s military industrial complex with a view to further
boosting NAF’s operational effectiveness in the fight against insurgency
and other forms of criminality in the country.
The visit, which took place from 5 – 8 February 2019, was on the invitation
of the Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the
Azerbaijan Air Force (AzAF), Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov, who, along
with other senior officers from AzAF, hosted the CAS and conducted him on
a tour of facilities at the Gala Air Base and the Aviation Repair Factory
located in Nasosna Air Base, where the AzAF carries out up to 4th Line
Maintenance of aircraft in its inventory.
In a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director, NAF Public
Relations and Information said “One of the immediate benefits of the visit
is the acceptance by the AzAF to provide simulator training slots for NAF
pilots on the Mi-35M Helicopter and L-39ZA aircraft”.
The first set of NAF pilots are expected to commence their simulator
training before the end of February 2019.
The CAS was accompanied on the visit by the Air Officer Commanding
Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Peter Uzezi, Chief of Logistics
Headquarters NAF, AVM Aminu Yakubu, the Chief of Staff Air Training
Command, Ayoola Jolasinmi.
Others are the Deputy Director of Training HQ NAF, Air Commodore Esen
Efanga as well as Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to Islamabad, Brigadier General
By Gom Miriam