Nigeria first indigenous car manufacturing company, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company (IVM), on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Air Force for the research and production of spare parts for its fighter jets.
Speaking on the MoU, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Planning, Air Vice-Marshal James Gbum, told journalists at Nnewi, Anambra state, that the partnership with Innoson has kept the Air force fleet of jets running smooth for the past few months.
He said that: “Our war efforts will be in vain if we don’t do something to ensure we get spare parts because some of our fighter aircrafts that have formed the back-bone of our struggle against Boko Haram, were once down due to lack of spare parts and mainly the break assemblies of these air crafts.”
“The Air Chief immediately ordered our research and development cell in Kaji to start to research into this break assembly overhaul. They went ahead and carried out the research. However, the first proto-type they brought couldn’t pass the test.”
“The Nigerian Air Force later discovered that Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company at Nnewi, Anambra State is very capable of collaborating with the Nigerian Air Force to achieve the required standards of overhauling our break assemblies.”