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Nigeria expecting fighter jets from Russia, US, Pakistan, UAE

The Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigerian Air Force is expecting new fighter aircraft from no fewer than four countries to boost its capabilities .

He listed the countries as Russia, the United States of America , Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates .

Abubakar, who identified the NAF’ s challenges as insufficient aircraft and low aircraft serviceability, said his men were working towards “ more professionalism to meet the security imperatives . ”

The air force chief stated this on Saturday at a lecture delivered to the Senior Course 40 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College , Jaji , Kaduna State .

The lecture was titled, ‘ The Nigerian Air Force in Contemporary Warfare ; the Chief of the Air Staff ’ s Vision for Future Engagements . ’

According to Abubakar, while Nigeria is expecting eight Mi-35 M attack helicopters from Russia , it is also waiting for the Super Tucano aircraft from the United States .

Moreover , there are five Super Mushshak aircraft expected from Pakistan , while the Yabhon Flash 20 Remote Piloted aircraft is also expected from the UAE.

Abubakar added, “ The enormous cost of aircraft acquisition and maintenance infers that such should be carved out as extra -budgetary expenditure while platform maintenance and upgrade must also be moved from recurrent to capital expenditure .

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