President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is presently virtually commissioning the refurbished L-39ZA jet and witnessing the induction of MI-171 combat helicopter, acquired to help the Armed Forces of Nigeria in its endeavour to curb banditry and militancy in Nigeria. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had said in the first week of May, 2020, that “revitalising our fleets is important. Working with Aero Vodochody, we have returned three L-39ZAs back into the air that are now doing a great job against the BHT. We have also contracted the company to return three more L-39ZAs and upgrade the old analog cockpit with a new Genesys system.“
The Genesys Aerosystems provide integrated avionic systems for both civilian and military customers. The Genesys Electronic Flight Instrument System (Genesys-EFIS) features up-to-date avionic solutions for special mission air crafts. According to africanmilitaryblog(.)com, it provides low-cost analog wing levelers, digital, three-axis systems with Flight Director and envelope protection, IDU-680 smart displays, ADAHRS (Air Data, Attitude, and Heading Reference System), and GPS receiver.
Nigeria purchased 24 L-39 Albatross aircrafts in 1986 and 1987, and they require reconfiguration and special installations to fit the country’s terrorism-curbing needs of today. Several of such air crafts have been refurbished since the beginning of the Buhari administration.
During his speech, the president lauded the military, and said that their successes have not only brought peace and stability to Borno alone, but the North West and Adamawa State.
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