NAF seeks close collaboration with Turkish Air Force in defense technologies and counter-terrorism – WorldStage

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WorldStage Newsonline– Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Commander of the Turkish Air Force (TurAF), General Hasan Kucukakyuz expressed the will of the 2 air forces to collaborate on defense technologies in order to strengthen their operational efficiency in the fight against terrorism currently experienced by the two countries.

This was made known when Air Marshal Amao recently paid a courtesy call on TurAF Commander during his 5-day official visit to Turkey.

Both also stressed the need for Nigeria and Turkey to share their experiences on the use of unmanned aircraft systems in counter-terrorism operations. According to them, this would allow strategic synergy and strengthen skills with a renewed commitment to eradicate 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.

He then requested more TurAF support in the areas of platform upgrades and modernization, air defense training, special forces training as well as air technology training slots. information and communication for NAF personnel.

Speaking further, Air Marshal Amao noted that the 2 countries could greatly benefit from military student exchange training programs, as it would enhance critical understanding of the 2 countries’ security environments and deepen greater cooperation.

While reiterating the need for close collaboration in defense technology, the CAS said that the signing of the Defense Industry Cooperation Agreement by the 2 countries provides a greater opportunity for the NAF and the TurAF to work more closely together.

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.

During the 5-day visit, CAS visited some leading Turkish defense companies to identify possible defense products that may be required by the NAF. These include Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Aselsan, Havelsan, Manatek, BNW Group, Fly BVLOS and Airways Group and Express Technics. He also paid a courtesy visit to the Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Ismail Yusuf Abba.

Air Marshal Amao was accompanied during the visit by Chief of Logistics Air Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya and Director of Operations Air Vice Marshal Nnamdi Ananaba from the Army Headquarters. Nigerian look.

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