The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has acquired four Super Muhsak Trainer Aircraft from Pakistan to be used to train pilots, thus, thus increasing their capacity to fight Boko Haram insurgents. NAF Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar formally received the planes from Pakistani Cir Chief Marshal Sohail Aman in Kaduna State.
According to the Air Marshal, while the aircraft will be used primarily for training purposes, they can also be used for military missions. “The NAF has made tremendous progress in platform reactivation, training and welfare of personnel,” he said. He further disclosed that there are plans in place to acquire 4 additional aircraft as well as four gunships, four utility helicopters, and three light attack aircraft.
While stressing the stressed the importance of strategic partnerships in the fight against terrorism, the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff said the addition of the new aircraft would boost the NAF’s capabilities in the fight against terrorism. In his words, “I am confident that together we can befittingly respond to these challenges. The convergence of our perceptions on different global issues ensures tremendous scope for our two nations for greater understanding and closer cooperation,” Mr. Aman said.