Innoson manufactures jet fighters spare parts

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Innoson manufactures jet fighters spare parts

Innoson manufactures jet fighters spare parts
February 11
11:14 2016

Nigerian Air Force has commended Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) for providing needed technical support that enabled it to sustain its operations against the Boko Haram insurgents.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, who commended the management of (IVM), remarked that IVM became instrumental at a time that NAF would have been forced to ground its entire fleet of Alpha Jets due to lack of brake assembly, as IVN intervened and helped to locally modify and overhaul the brake assembly of the MB-339 aircraft for adoption on the Alpha Jets.

According to Abubakar, Innoson’s re-ignited the spirit to the continued operation of the Alpha Jets, and had helped to save the day when help was not forthcoming from abroad.

Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the contribution by IVM deserves national recognition and award, adding that the important role played by the Alpha Jet in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in North East Nigeria cannot be quantified.

He said; “The collaboration between the NAF and IVM is in line with one of the key drivers of the CAS vision which is “strategic partnership with ministries, departments and agencies for enhanced research and development.

“Beyond the feat, the NAF is poised to exploit the possibilities of mass producing the Alpha Jet break assembly and other parts locally by partnering with IVM, as well as other credible organisations, to build own capacity for enhanced self-reliance. The invitation of IVM team to

Headquarters Nigerian Air Force for further discussions was based on this premise.”
Commending IVM while receiving the Chairman, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma and team members in his office, he expressed the willingness by the NAF to expand the scope of existing research and development collaboration with IVM.

“Our partnership with IVM would not end with the Alpha jet break assembly but a leeway to forge new frontiers, through research and development, to replicate some of the spares needed by our platforms,” the CAS said.

Abubakar stated that the feat has not only saved the country huge foreign exchange that otherwise would have been spent abroad, but also adding value to Nigerians through provision of job opportunities.

In his speech, the Chairman of IVM expressed the readiness of his company to partner with the NAF to help manufacture locally some of the spares needed to keep its aircraft operational, assuring that the synergy existing between the NAF and IVM would help to reduce the dependence on foreign technologies while promoting self-reliance, as well as technological and economic development.

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