The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said that the Nigerian Air Force is set to ramp up its partnership with Hungary in the areas of fighter pilot training, operation and maintenance of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) cameras as well as other important areas of competence.
He further said that partnership between the NAF and Hungary would enable the NAF to take advantage of the competencies available in Hungary to address some of the technical challenges the Service currently faces in the conduct of its operations.
Air Marshal Abubakar said this while receiving the Hungarian Consul-General to Nigeria, Mr Endre Peter Deri, and the Chief Executive Officer, Hungarian Magnus Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, Mr Laszo Boros, at the Headquarters NAF in Abuja.
Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola revealed this in a statement in Abuja.
Noting that multilaterism is needed to defeat insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria, the Air Chief said that developing bilateral and multilateral partnerships in the war against terror has become necessary because of the global nature of terrorism and its attendant negative impact.
Air Marshal Abubakar said the NAF was willing to send a team to Hungary to assess available opportunities for aircraft and associated equipment acquisition, human capacity development as well as Research and Development (R&D), amongst other areas of collaboration.
He said, “As you are aware we are fighting a counter-insurgency war in the North East and the aircraft produced by the Hungarian Magnus Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, which has ISR capability, would be useful in adding value to what we are doing in the North East and other Theatres of Operation.
“Other areas of interest include the training of fighter pilots, aircraft technicians and engineers as well as capacity development for the operation and maintenance of ISR payloads and ISR imagery analysis”.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer, Hungarian Magnus Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, Mr Laszo Boros, noted that the visit was aimed at seeking avenues to strengthen strategic partnerships for aircraft and associated equipment sales as well as capacity building.
He disclosed that the Company was willing to provide bespoke solutions that would support the operations of the NAF in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality.
On his part, the Hungarian Consul-General, Mr Endre Peter Deri, expressed preparedness to deepen partnership with the NAF,
adding that it would further improve on the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Hungary in the area of capacity building.
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