Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra has formally handed over three JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Nigerian Air Force at a ceremony held at Nigerian Air Force Base Makudri.
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 a special guest of Nigerian Air Force.
Addressing the ceremony, the Nigerian Defence Minister expressed his gratitude to Pakistan and the Pakistan Air Force for sustained bilateral cooperation and partnership for enhancing Nigerian Air Force capabilities to meet Nigeria’s security challenges.
He said, “We are happy and excited on the addition of JF-17 fighter aircraft from Pakistan.”
Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali said the event was not only a historical landmark for Pakistan’s JF-17 program but was also a reflection of strong military cooperation and mutual trust between Nigeria and Pakistan.
He assured Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex would continue to provide all out support to Nigerian Air Force in meeting all its requirements.