Defense Minister Dominic Nitiwul stressed the need for a new wide-body executive aircraft for the Ghanaian Air Force for government business.
Mr Nitiwul said the lack of a large body affected Air Force operations and the current CASA 295 in use was not suitable.
Responding to a question posed to parliament in Accra yesterday, Nitiwul said the government is consulting relevant stakeholders for the purchase of the aircraft to enable the air force to effectively defend itself as planned.
“It should be noted that the CASA 295 is not suitable for government business due to its design and characteristics that make it a pure military aircraft.
“Until the government acquires a jumbo jet for the Ghanaian Air Force, the task entrusted to it will continue to face major challenges and difficulties,” Nitiwul told the House. , MP for Bimbilla.
âMr. President, because we do not have Ghana Airways, it is essential to have an aircraft that can do business with the government.
“The logbook of CASA 295, which is a pure military aircraft, is so full that it is not safe for us to continue to rely on the Air Force to get by with government officials.”
According to the Minister of Defense, the absence of a business plane costs the country a lot of money because it has had to hire the service of other airlines to transport, for example, players from national teams.
“If we have a plane that can carry 50 people and the Black Stars are going to play ball in South Africa, they’ll use that plane. Today, the Black Stars are spending millions of dollars on talkative planes,” he said. he declares.
The armed forces, Mr. Nitiwul said, spend more than GH Â¢ 4 million each year to send troops to peacekeeping operations.
The decision to buy the plane, Mr. Nitiwul said, was at the behest of the Air Force who wrote to his team.
Mr. Nitiwul, meanwhile, entered into a performance sale and purchase contract in the amount of â¬ 111,393,400 for the supply of six L-39 Next Generation aircraft.
The agreement also includes the provision of support in terms of products, services and ground training systems associated with air operations for the Ghanaian armed forces.