Zimbabwe asks the Nigerian Air Force for technological support

The Air Force of Zimbabwe’s (AFZ) leader, Air Marshal Elson Moyo, has stated that his country wants to look into receiving technical support from the Nigerian Air Force. (NAF).

Moyo made the request when he traveled to see Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of the Air Staff, at NAF headquarters in Abuja.

This was announced in a statement released on Wednesday in Abuja by Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, director of public relations and information for the NAF.

The air chief of Zimbabwe asked for technical assistance with F7 and Mi-35 aircraft operation and maintenance, research and development, and unmanned aerial vehicle technology.

Moyo said the identified areas for collaboration were of common and peculiar aviation interests to Zimbabwe and Nigeria, whose air forces operate some similar aircraft.

He said NAF, within a short time, had recorded remarkable feats in its transformation effort to develop indigenous capacity.

This, according to him, provides a motivation for the AFZ to look inward as part of efforts to address the technical challenges arising from sanctions imposed on his country, which have limited the ability of AFZ to acquire basic aircraft parts and other technical aids necessary for operational efficiency.

Moyo also commended the NAF for its support to AFZ in the past, acknowledging the high quality training given to the first batch of Zimbabwean pilots trained in the 1980s by the NAF.

This, according to him, informs the decision by AFZ to seek improved synergy and collaboration with the NAF, with respect to capacity development.

In his remarks, the Nigerian air chief, Amao, said the NAF was ready to forge mutually benefitting partnership with the AFZ.

Amao said NAF was currently in partnership with many countries in Africa and beyond, adding that it was willing to partner with others who would seek collaboration with the Service.

According to him, improved synergy among African countries is the solution to many of the challenges, including security, facing the continent.

Amao added that collaboration in the areas of training, technical assistance and technology transfer would boost the capacity of African countries to be self-reliant and independent in driving progress and development on the continent.

The Zimbabwean air chief is on a week-long visit to Nigeria, during which he will be visiting some NAF units, including the North East. (NAN)

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Written by Izuchukwu E.N

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