From: ABBA BASHIR; Usman Sani
Defence Minister Dr. Muhammad Badaru Abubakar and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar have arrived Turkey to facilitate the speedy delivery of the T-129 Attack Helicopters acquired for NAF by the Federal Government.
According to a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodor Edward Gabkwet says on the sidelines of the visit, the Minister held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Lt. General Yasar Guler (Rtd) on critical bilateral and defence co-operation issues.
General Guler (Rtd) assured the Minister of every support required from the Turkish military defence companies to further strengthen and accelerate the defeat of terrorism and other criminal challenges facing Nigeria.
The Minister and Air Chief also visited some selected Turkish companies, including Turkish Aerospace industries, MiKE, Aselsan and Roketsan who are among highly rated global defence compaines renowned for the production of quality defence and military equipment.
While at the companies, Dr. Badaru Abubakar solicited for improved synergy between the companies and Nigeria through transfer of defence technology to Nigeria.
Recall that the Federal Government procured 6 T-129 ATAC helicopters from Turkish Aerospace industry, out of which 2 are to be delivered to the NAF in the coming weeks, while the remaining helicopter are expected before the end of second quarter of 2024.