Air Warfare

Nigeria brings Alpha Jet into active service

24th March 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has restored an Alpha Jet into active service after upgrading its avionics.

The aircraft was officially reinstated at a ceremony on 21 March in Kainji.

Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Nigerian Air Staff said: ‘The avionics upgrade, which is the first of its kind on the Alpha Jet, has also significantly improved the aircraft navigation and communications system thus increasing safety, reliability and overall efficiency.’

The NAF is also in the process of restoring Mi-35 aircraft into active service as the country attempts to expand its air power capability.

The base at Kainji is expanding its runway in order to accommodate Nigeria’s new delivery of Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos which will enter into service in 2022.

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