Nigeria expresses satisfaction over performance of Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder jets


RAWALPINDI – Nigerian military and political leadership have unanimously conveyed complete satisfaction on the performance of newly inducted JF-17 fighter aircraft from Pakistan, said the military’s media wing on Saturday.

According to the ISPR, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza, who is on official visit to Nigeria, called on Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria and Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Retd), Defence Minister, General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff and Chiefs of the Tri-Services in separate meetings.

The Nigerian leadership also mentioned that the JF-17 aircraft, with its unique fighting capabilities, would prove to be a potent platform in addressing the security requirements of Nigeria.

Matters of bilateral military cooperation including security, counter-terrorism and prevailing regional environment were discussed during the meetings.

President conveyed his feelings of high esteem for Pakistan Armed Forces. He specially thanked Pakistan and its Armed Forces for their consistent support to Nigeria in its war against terrorism.

Chairman JCSC also reiterated that Pakistan is keen to expand its existing bilateral military to military cooperation with Nigeria.

Earlier upon arrival Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Chairman JCSC was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent of Nigerian Armed Forces.

Back in May this year, a milestone in Pakistan-Nigeria Defence relations was achieved when Nigeria became the third country to have JF-17 Thunder Jets, jointly developed by Pakistan and China, on their inventory.

The jets were formally handed over to Nigerian Air Force in an official ceremony at Makurdi, Nigeria.

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