The National Agency for Science and Engineering (NASENI) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) have strengthened their ties to develop a made-in-Nigeria helicopter.
A Press Statement signed by Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, the Director Information & Protocol at NASENI said the two organizations met on Wednesday to discuss the progress of the project and how they can work together to ensure its success.
NASENI Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Dr. Bashir Gwandu said that the main reason for having the helicopter and the AAVDI is for Nigeria to be self-reliant in aviation technology.
“We can train people to learn to produce the components,” he said. “We have been looking at different components of aircrafts in particular and how we can penetrate that industry.”
AFIT Commandant Air Vice Marshal (AVM) S.L. Rabe said that the Air Force is committed to supporting the project and that AFIT will provide land, space, and other necessary infrastructure for the construction of NASENI’s Aeronautics and Air Vehicle Development Institute.
The two organizations also agreed to work together on training programs, research and development, and the establishment of a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for aircraft.
The made-in-Nigeria helicopter project is a significant step forward for Nigeria’s aviation industry. It is a sign of the country’s growing technological capabilities and its commitment to self-reliance.
The project is also expected to create jobs and boost the economy.
The two organizations are confident that they can work together to make the project a success. They are committed to developing a helicopter that is safe, reliable, and affordable.
The project is expected to be completed in the next few years.
In addition to the helicopter project, NASENI and AFIT are also working on a number of other initiatives to develop Nigeria’s aviation industry. These include:
The establishment of an MRO facility for aircraft, the development of aeronautical and aerospace engineering curriculum at AFIT and
the training of Nigerian engineers in the field of aviation.
These initiatives are part of a broader effort to make Nigeria a regional leader in aviation technology.