The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the UAVision of Portugal aimed at enhancing existing collaboration between the two parties for the local production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, also known as drones in Nigeria.
A message posted on NAF’s social media platform stated that the discussion that led to the signing of agreement began few months ago.
“Already, the collaboration had led to production of 4 UAVs prototypes with 2 each produced in Nigeria and Portugal,” the statement read.
Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, expressed optimism that the locally produced UAVs would be commissioned before the end of October 2016.
He also identified other areas of possible collaboration with Portugal, including tactical flying training for NAF pilots and aircraft maintenance, adding that the essence of the collaboration is to exploit every areas of Portuguese technological development with a view to taking the NAF to the next level.
Among the Portuguese delegation were the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Antonio Rodrigues da Silva and the representative of UAVision, Nuno Simeon.