NAF partners with Turkish Air Force for defense technology

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has expressed its willingness to partner with the Turkish Air Force on defense technologies to improve their operational efficiency in the fight against terrorism currently facing both countries.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Commander Turkish Air Force (TurAF) , General Hasan Kucukakyuz expressed willingness during Amao’s courtesy visit to TurAF Commander during his 5 day official visit to Turkey.

In a statement by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the two leaders stressed the need for Nigeria and Turkey to share their experiences on the use of unmanned aircraft systems in counter-terrorism operations.

He said the partnership would enable strategic synergy and build skills with a renewed commitment to eradicating terrorism.

While appreciating Turkey’s military experience in counter-terrorism operations which spanned more than a decade, Air Marshal Amao said Turkey was able to achieve operational successes against terrorists through the use of appropriate military equipment.

“Turkey has succeeded in developing a robust defense industrial sector capable of meeting a significant percentage of the critical needs of its armed forces and other security agencies,” he said.

Air Marshal Amao therefore called for greater collaboration with the Turkish Air Force Command, although he said that the NAF appreciates the existing cooperation in the fields of training and the extension of the invitation for the participation of NAF personnel in some of the TurAF international military exercises.

In his remarks, TurAF Commander General Hasan Kucukakyuz noted that the Turkish Air Force is willing to deepen cooperation with the NAF by assisting the service in any area that could ultimately strengthen its operational capabilities.

He said the NAF will now fully participate in its international military exercises, including ANATOLIA Eagle.

General Hasan promised to liaise with the NAF and help in all areas of military cooperation with other services in Turkey as well as defense procurement issues. The 2 air chiefs agreed to work out modalities that would allow a meeting between the officers of the 2 air forces to define areas of overall cooperation that could be of mutual value to both parties.

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