The Commander of the Turkish Air Force (TurAF), General Hasan Kucukakyuz, and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, have expressed the willingness of the two air forces to cooperate on defense technology in order to improve their operational effectiveness in the fight against terrorism that both nations are currently engaged in.
This was revealed during a recent courtesy call that Air Marshal Oladayo Amao made on Commander TurAF during his five-day official visit to Turkey.
According to a statement signed by Sir Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of NAF Public Relations, “Both also emphasised the need for Nigeria and Turkey to share their experiences on the use of unmanned aircraft systems in counterterrorism operations”.
According to them, doing so would facilitate strategic coordination, improve proficiency, and foster a renewed determination to eradicate terrorism while acknowledging Turkish military experience in counter-terrorism operations that lasted for more than ten years. According to Air Marshal Amao, the use of the appropriate military hardware allowed Turkey to defeat terrorists in operational terms.
“Turkey has succeeded in developing a robust defence industrial sector capable of meeting up to a significant percentage of critical requirements of her armed forces and other security agencies”, he said.
The NAF welcomes the current cooperation in the areas of training and the extending of invitation for NAF troops participation in some of the TurAF international military exercises, Air Marshal Amao remarked while calling for more partnerships with the Turkish Air Force Command.
Then he asked the TurAF for greater assistance in the areas of platform modernization and upgrading, air defense training, special forces training, and NAF personnel training slots in information and communication technology.
Air Marshal Amao continued by saying that military student exchange training programs would be very advantageous for the two nations as they would foster a deeper level of cooperation and an improvement in critical comprehension of their respective security circumstances.
The Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement that the two nations signed provided increased opportunities for the NAF and TurAF to work more closely together, the CAS added, while underlining the need for robust collaboration in defense technologies.
General Hasan Kucukakyuz, Commander of the Turkish Air Force, stated in his remarks that the Turkish Air Force is willing to enhance its relationship with the NAF by aiding the Service in any way that could eventually improve its operational capabilities.
He declared that from now, the NAF would actively take part in all of its global military drills, including Anatola Eagle.
General Hasan vowed to communicate with the NAF and support any military cooperation efforts with other Turkish Services as well as defense procurement issues.
The two air commanders decided to develop procedures that would allow officers from the two air forces to meet and discuss potential areas of complete collaboration that would benefit both parties.
The CAS visited several well-known Turkish defense firms during its five-day stay in order to identify potential defense goods that the NAF might need.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Aselsan, Havelsan, Manatek, BNW Group, Fly BVLOS, Airways Group, and Express Technics are a few of them.
He also made a courtesy visit to His Excellency Ismail Yusuf Abba, the Nigerian Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Turkey.
The Director of Operations, Air Vice Marshal Nnamdi Ananaba, and the Chief of Logistics, Air Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, both of the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, accompanied Air Marshal Amao on the tour.
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