The Ghana Air Force will acquire Super Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft, Z-9 helicopters and additional Mi-17 helicopters and C-295 transport aircraft, according to President John Dramani Mahama.
He made the announcement during the unveiling of a new hangar, equipment and vehicles at the Air Force Base in the capital Accra on 20 November.
The hangar, named after late Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal John Asamoah Bruce, is equipped with a forklift, refuelling truck, fire truck and an ambulance. It was constructed through collaboration between Brazil and Ghana (Brazil is also supporting the construction of the Tamale International Airport). Mahama also unveiled two refurbished hangars at the base.
During the unveiling ceremony, Mahama said the government planned to acquire additional aircraft for the Ghana Air Force for training, peace support and combat operations, namely Harbin Z-9 helicopters from China, additional Mil Mi-17 helicopters from Russia, a single C-295 transport from Airbus Defence and Space and EMB-314 Super Tucanos for training and attack from Embraer.
Mahama told the Graphic that the Z-9s would be delivered in June 2015 and added that there are plans to establish a flight training school in Tamale to serve as a training base for the region.
Mahama said the new hangars would cater for the additional aircraft being provided by the government and would allow for the safe storage of aircraft, increasing their lifespans.
“We must sustain the atmosphere of peace and security needed for the development of all sectors of the country, and if we must do that, we must continue to invest in the latest equipment not only for the Air Force, but for all the security agencies”, Mahama said.
Ghana already operates the Mi-17 and C-295, with ten Mi-17s and two C-295s in service.