By Gift Samuel
Abuja-With the recent success recorded in the repairs of 6 Alpha Jet aircraft engines, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)has disclosed that it is already directly reaping from its human capacity building drive.
The revelation which came to the fore during the recent tour of operational facilities embarked upon by the Chief of Air Staff(CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar to the NAF unit in Kainji,showed that the country was saved the sum of over $2.4 million that would have otherwise been used to recover the engines.
It is noteworthy that foreign vendors had earlier quoted the sum of $400,000 to recover each of the engines, amounting to $2.4 million to repair the 6 engines which is besides the usually huge cost of freighting the engines to and from overseas repair facilities and the associated delay.
However, the NAF team was able to repair the engines by using spare parts available in the warehouse saving the country the whooping sum of $2.4 million
According to the CAS, the capacity building efforts of the NAF had been made largely successful due to the unflinching support the NAF was receiving from the Federal Government, especially through timely releases of needed funds.
The NAF team that repaired the aircraft engines comprised one officer and two airmen, all of who, in December 2016, attended a 12-day Alpha Jet Aircraft Engine Assembly and Disassembly Course in Canada, as part of the NAF’s capacity building efforts
Meanwhile, the engines have already been installed on 3 Alpha Jet aircraft and deployed for air operations in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the northeastern part of the country.