The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of three Alpha Jet light attack aircraft at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji.
The in-country PDM, which commenced on Dec. 19, is expected to further boost aircraft availability for the conduct of air operations, whilst enhancing the capacity of NAF engineers and technicians involved in the maintenance activity. It would also further improve the NAF’s self-reliance and prudent management of resources.
With the support of the Federal Government, the NAF is also conducting in-country PDM of one of its C-130 aircraft, NAF 917, at the 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (631 ACMD). The PDM on NAF 917 has reached an advanced stage while the in-house life extension programme on another C-130H aircraft, NAF 913, was completed earlier this year.
These have all contributed to raising the serviceability status of NAF operable aircraft from about 36 per cent in 2015 to its current levels of between 78 and 82 per cent, said an NAF statement.
The NAF recently recovered another Alpha Jet aircraft, NAF 476, from the United States. The aircraft, which was ferried into Nigeria on Dec. 6, would soon be deployed for operations in the Northeast.
The Air Force is expecting the delivery of the first batch of Agusta Westland AW109 Power attack helicopters, comprising 2 units, ordered from Leonardo, Italy. The aircraft would be inducted into the Service by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, in March 2019.