PAF hands over three JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Nigeria
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has formally handed over three JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Nigerian Air Force.
The ceremony was held at Nigerian Air Force Base Makudri to mark the 57th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force where the aircraft by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra were handed over.
Minister of Defence of Nigeria Maj Gen (Rtd) Bashir Magashi was the Guest of Honour representing the President, at the occasion, whereas Vice Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali was invited to attend the ceremony as special guest of Nigerian Air Force.
Addressing the ceremony, the Nigerian Defence Minister expressed his gratitude and they were excited on the addition of JF-17 fighter aircraft from Pakistan.
He thanked and Pakistan Air Force for sustained bilateral cooperation and partnership for enhancing Nigerian Air Force capabilities to meet Nigeria’s security challenges.
Speaking on the occasion, Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali said the event is not only a historical landmark for Pakistan’s JF-17 program but is also a reflection of strong military cooperation and mutual trust between Nigeria and Pakistan.
He further stated that the JF-17 aircraft, with its unique fighting capabilities, would prove to be a potent platform in addressing the security requirements of Nigeria.
He assured Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex would continue to provide all out support to Nigerian Air Force in meeting all its military requirements.