Nigeria Air chiefs visit Azerbaijan, seeks partnership in training, development of military industrial complex
London, Feb. 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigeria 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, according to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola 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
Gala Air Base and the Aviation Repair Factory are strategic to the visit because that is where the AzAF carries out Line Maintenance of aircraft in its inventory.
One of the immediate benefits of the visit, he said, was 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, the Deputy Director of Training HQ NAF, Air Commodore Esen Efanga as well as Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to Islamabad, Brigadier General Nasiru Mukhtar.