Nigerian Air Force: Innovating For Enhanced Operational Effectiveness
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), just like other air Forces all over the world, is a highly technologically dependent Service. Owing to the relatively underdeveloped technological base in Nigeria, the NAF has over the years been relying heavily on foreign vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers for the supply as well as the maintenance of all its aircraft and related equipment. Apart from the often highly exorbitant nature of this venture, the operational effectiveness of the NAF had sometimes been hindered due to the cumbersome process of procuring goods and services from overseas.
In realization of the foregoing, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, with the support of the Federal Government, has created the environment for Research and Development to thrive in the NAF, since assuming leadership of the Service in July 2015. This has resulted in quite a number of Research and Development feats in the NAF in the past 3 years, with attendant positive effect on NAF operational effectiveness. Although there are other ongoing Research and Development efforts in the NAF, this short documentary only highlights some of the already completed projects.
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