Refurbishment work is well underway on several Dornier 228 transport aircraft destined for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) after they were transferred from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The NAF said this week that three aircraft were transferred from the NIS, but one was so heavily corroded that it is beyond economical repair. Preliminary inspections have been conducted on the remaining two aircraft by NAF engineers and technicians at 431 Engineering Group, NAF Base Kaduna and these are repairable.
One of the Do 228s has been moved from Kaduna Civil Airport to the Kaduna military airfield following initial maintenance activities by the NAF. In addition, the faded paintings on both aircraft have been replaced with military paint schemes to minimize corrosion and in preparation for subsequent deployment to operational theatres. The NAF said it is now awaiting the delivery of spares so it can carry out outstanding maintenance.
“Apart from its usefulness as a light liaison transport aircraft, the Do 228 could be employed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in the counterinsurgency and other operations in the country. Consequently, by the time the reactivation is completed, the operational effectiveness of the NAF would be further boosted and the hitherto grounded aircraft prevented from total decay,” the NAF said.
Progress on the project was inspected by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on 4 June. He also inspected the ongoing construction of the headquarters complex for the Air Training Command Kaduna.