FG to buy planes, 2 helicopters, others from Indonesia


The National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (NASENI) said it plans to acquire an N219 aircraft, two helicopters and hangar equipment from Indonesia’s PT Dirgantara.

Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CE) of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, said the agency has approval to acquire know-how from Indonesia on civil aircraft development and military.

He spoke in Abuja on Thursday, while receiving the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr Usra Hendra Harahap, who led a delegation to the visiting agency.

Haruna said that the federal government’s approval of the agency extends to the development of armored personnel carriers, other equipment needed by the military and technologies for the production of fertilizers from available resources. locally.

He also said that the process of acquiring the technology is to first buy it, then learn how it was assembled and the process of its production.

“We are approved to acquire know-how from Indonesia on the development of civil and military aircraft, armored personnel carrier and other equipment necessary for the army and certain technologies in the fields of fertilizers to from locally available resources.

“The technology acquisition processes are for you to acquire it first to learn how to do the assembly and the process, the aircraft will be purchased to let us know how to assemble it and in the process you learn everything and gradually you can produce different components,” Haruna said.

For his part, Dr Harahap said, “We have the same goal, how to build our countries. Indonesia and Nigeria have reciprocal technology transfer, so on the aspect of technology that we are trying to share, we have to transfer technology on how to build and maintain aircraft, maintenance and the production of spare parts.

“The Embassy has also received an updated estimate of weapons and vehicles for the Federal Government of Nigeria worth an estimated $57 million.

“The Embassy is also aware that NASENI intends to procure products from PT. Dirgantara Indonesia such as the N219 aircraft, hangar equipment and two helicopters. In this regard, the Embassy seeks clarification for PT. Dl for the estimated value of the products,” Harahap said.


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