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The Nigerian federal budget
document reveals that the government is set to acquire three
units of the aircraft.

As Nigeria battles insurgency and
militancy the Presidency seems to
be taken steps to ensure that the
military is adequately equipped to
protect the country and its
citizens.

According to International
Business Times, Nigeria is set to
buy a JF-17 Thunder multi-role
combat aircraft from Pakistan.
Already the Nigerian government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that covers the sale of the aircraft.

According to IHS a financial
services company, the purchase
of the aircraft is expected to be finalised in November. During that
month there will be an international defence exhibition and seminar in Karachi.

The plane is co-developed by the
Aviation Industry Corp of China
and the Pakistan Aeronautical
Complex, according to local
media. It is good to note that the
Obama administration has refused
to fund the sale of eight F-16
fighter jets to Pakistan.

A senior official of Pakistan’s
defence export promotion
organization, who spoke on the
sale refused to reveal the total
number of aircraft that Nigeria
might be ordering.

However, in January, the Nigerian
federal budget document had
revealed that the country was
buying three JF-17 Thunder
fighters and 10 Super Mushshak
aircraft, which are aircraft used
for training military and civil
operators flight operations.

The aircraft was jointly developed
by Pakistan and China and China
has now started manufacturing
JF-17 (Joint Fighter) at Pakistan
Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The
aircraft, however, uses Russia’s
Klimov RD-93 turbofan jet engine
with afterburner.

The aircraft has China’s PL-12/
SD-10 medium-range air-to-air
missiles with active radar-homing
and short-range PL-7, PL-8 and
PL-9. The aircraft can also be fitted
with AIM-9P on its wingtip rails, the
report noted. The aircraft has no in-
flight refuelling capability.

Meanwhile, PAC has put JF-17
aircraft as static display in African
Aerospace and Defence Exhibition
held at Waterkloof Air Force Base
in South Africa. A joint press
conference with China highlighted
the capabilities of the aircraft and
drummed them into inducting the
aircraft, the Dawn reported.
It is not yet known if there are
any other African countries
interested in the aircraft.

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Meanwhile, a Premium Times
report states that one of the key
resolutions at the recent retreat
organized by the FG was a four-
pronged funding plan to generate
and inject massive foreign capital,
estimated at between $10 and
$15 billion (about N4.72 trillion –
at N320 to the dollar) into the
economy.

The minister of budget and
national planning, Udoma Udoma,
said the stimulus plan would be
funded majorly through sale of
some national assets, advance
payment by joint venture
operators for license renewals,
infrastructure concessions, use of
recovered funds etc, and long
term, low interest loans to bridge
funding gap.

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