Nigerian Air Force has over the last two years purchased new training aircrafts for pilots. Just recently the NAF inducted 10 Pakistani made Super Mushak into its fleet of trainer aircrafts.
Nigerian Air Force Combat Helicopter Training School.
The training school trains combat helicopter pilots for the Nigerian Air Force, which operates the most combat helicopter fleet in Sub Sahara Africa. The school is the first of its kind in West Africa, and has been equipped to provide advanced helicopter pilot training for pilots aspiring to become combat helicopter pilots.
Hundreds of pilots undergo extensive training at the International Aviation College in Ilorin,South West Nigeria. Here pilots learn the basics. Later they’ll progress through Formal Traiinf Unit, where they learn how to operate combat aircrafts.
NAF Maintanance Officers are the unsong heroes of the NAF. More than just directing essential maintenance operations, they implement crucial aircraft inspections and deliver combat support for Nigerian airmen. From technical systems to economic factors, they play a critical role in the success of the Nigerian Air Force.
OPINION.To stay relevant and up to date with emerging threats in the face of 4th Gen aircraft proliferation to our potential adversaries, the Nigerian Air Force needs an upgrade. Pilots must train for years and it costs the Nigerian government hundreds of thousands of dollars to train a single pilot before they have enough experience to fly fighter jets. The safety of our expensive pilots and mission success all hinge on the integrity of our aircrafts. We need more modern planes for our young pilots to fly.
As of this writing the Nigerian Air Force has 135 winged fighter pilots, the Nigerian Air Force must have enough aircrafts for these pilots to fly. It makes no economic sense to have more pilots than combat aircrafts.
The Alpha Jets have been around since the 80’s, the F-7N while fast is hopelessly outdated, they are not up to what we need to send against modern Air forces in the region.
The Alpha Jets that is the workhorse of the Nigerian Air Force have been around since the 1980’s, and the wear and tear is breaking them up to pieces. Four of Nigeria’s fleet of 10 Chengdu F-7N Airguard have have cracks under the aft fuselage tjat was dicovered during imspections, limiting the number of highspeed interceptor aircarfts the NAF can scramble to just six.
Given the role the Nigerian Air Force played in helping turning the tide of the war against Boko Haram one would think the Nigerian Air Force will pursue an aggressive policy of modernisation, sadly the reverse is the case. The incoming Embrae Super Tucano cannot and should not be the backbone of the Nigerian Air Force. It lacks the protective amour to fly close air support missions.
At a price tag of a staggering $600 million the Nigerian Air Force seemto lack strategic depths in planning. Between 2005 and 2017 Nigeria has spent a staggering $1.3 Billion USD on combat jets yet the Air Force lacks a descent 4th Generation fighter jet. The backbone and work horse of the Nigerian Air Force is less than 15 Dassault Donnier Alpha Jet trainer aircraft built in the 70’s.