Air Marshal Elson Moyo, the commander of the Zimbabwean Air Force, has asked the Nigerian Air Force for help with research and development. Also, he asked for assistance with the upkeep of its F7 and Mi-35 aircraft.
Moyo said the sanctions imposed on his nation had caused technical difficulties in his service while urging the Nigerian Air Force to save Zimbabwe.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, the Nigerian Air Force’s director of public relations and information, listed these.
It stated in part, “The Zimbabwean Air Chief expressed his country’s intention to investigate technical support by the Nigerian Air Force in the areas of research and development, unmanned aerial vehicle technology, as well as operation and maintenance of F7 and Mi-35 aircraft. The areas of cooperation have been recognized, according to Air Marshal Moyo, as being of interest to Nigeria’s and Zimbabwe’s air forces, which both operate a variety of similar aircraft.
“The Zimbabwe Air Chief noted that the NAF within a short time has recorded remarkable feats in its transformation effort to develop indigenous capacity. This, he said, provides a motivation for the AFZ to look inward as part of efforts to address the technical challenges arising from sanctions imposed on his country, which has limited the AFZ’s ability to acquire basic aircraft parts and other technical aids necessary for operational efficiency. ”
Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, said in a statement that the military is prepared to establish fruitful cooperation with the AFZ.
He continued by saying that the NAF was willing to work with other nations who sought collaboration with the Service and that it was engaged in partnerships with many nations, especially African nations.