Federal Government Acquires Three New Jets

The Nigerian Government acquired three new aircraft for the presidential fleet. Dassault will supply two Falcon 7x planes ($102 million), while Gulfstream will sell a G550 ($53 million). The first of the two Falcon jets will be delivered by the end of the year while the second Falcon and the Gulfstream are expected to arrive by mid-March 2011.

One assumes that the two Falcon 900s and Gulfstream IV and V belonging to the current presidential fleet may be sold.

Nigerian Air Force – Falcon 900 – 5N-FGE (Copyright Peter913)

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27 responses to “Federal Government Acquires Three New Jets”

  1. Alaba Bham says :

    It is unlikely that the sale of the exsiting fleet will be declared. Its possible the jets will be taken in part exchange against the cost of the new ones. Its also possible that Nigerian style the monies go up in the ether forever. The 727-200adv that was the former Nigeria One is flying out of South Africa in an executive role and the sale figure never declared anywhere that I could find. That was the last 727 built then upgraded including hushkits and winglets at great government cost.

    There is also no transparency in how the executive fleet is used. The planes especially the G1V, V and Falcons are seen all over the world. What roles and whom do they carry on these trips?

    • nigerianaviation says :

      Supposedly, the president, the VP, the first lady, federal ministers and other government officials are entitled to use the aircraft. They have a huge range of choice as the current presidential consists of a BBJ1 (5N-FGT), a GV (5N-FGS), a GIV (5N-FGP), a HS125 (5N-AGZ), a Cessna 550 Citation II (5N-AYA), a Dornier 228 (NAF 029), and two Falcon 900s (5N-FGE & 5N-FGO). There also two presidential AW139s (NAF 540 & NAF 541) helicopters.

      The old GII (5N-AGV) was sold last year to Rochas Foundation Nigeria (now 5N-BGV): http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/361199L.html

      BTW, the old B727 (5N-FGN) was publicly advertised for sale on the net some years ago.

  2. Skywalker says :

    That means PAF has an inventory of 10 VIP transport aircraft. The FEC did not say whether the Falcon 900 (5N-FGO ex 5N-OIL, or 5N-FGE) will be sold out, if not the fleet size will increase to 13. Looks like the PAF wants to start another airforce this time for Nigerian VIPs. There where rumors of 5N-FGT suffering an engine failure. Maybe they should replace it with an A380.

  3. Alaba Bham says :

    Skywalker is right. This is in effect an air force all of its own.
    A quick look-see shows that the PAF is larger (taken into account like for like aircraft) than presidential fleets of Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador , Egypt, Germany, Greece , India and I only got to Mexico before I stopped. My point here is this: Whilst on this site, we must all have aviation backgrounds and or are enthutiasts but we could also be taxpayers , the PAF is a huge drain on Nigeria’s resources.

    I fully concede the BBJ and the GV for long haul travel as well as the Citation and one chopper. There is no turbo prop like a King Air for airstrips. All other aircraft are a waste. If the fleet size increases to 13, this means on a minimum average of 2 crews per aircraft,recurrent training costs, maintenance costs, support and cabin staff….it goes on and on. I suggest reduce PAF aircraft, deploy some the NAF pilots into maybe fast jets like the F7 (where its on record there are not enough pilots for it).

    Sorry for the length of my comment but PAF is a waste.

    • AndrewE says :

      Well said Alaba. How about using the money to fund free education past secondary school, or free basic healthcare? Unfortunately that’s too radical a thought for Nigeria’s leaders.

  4. nigerianaviation says :

    Perhaps they can sell of the older aircraft and keep the BBJ, G550, Falcons and a chopper. This should be enough as there are many opportunities for government officials to use commercial airlines or to hire a VIP-jet.

    I believe one of the old Falcon 900s (5N-OIL; unique picture: http://abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1138276 ) and the HS125-800 (5N-AGZ) were confiscated from the NNPC and Central Bank by the military rulers under Babangida. The Citation II (5N-AYA) originally belonged to the Nigeria Police Force (5N-NPF; http://www.abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1032378 ). There is no need to keep them all these old aircraft. Another government HS125-1000 (5N-FGR) was sold to Dangote (now registered 5N-DGN) a few years ago. A third one crased (5N-AXO) crashed in Kano in 1996.

    http://www.nigerianairforce.net/NAFStructure/PAF.aspx :
    PAF’s current staff strength consists of 47 (Forty Seven) NAF officers, 173 airmen/airwomen and 96 Civilian staff, both technical and administrative.
    The operational headquarters of the Fleet is located at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while the administrative personnel are at the Federal Secretariat. The Fleet has a liaison office at the Presidential Villa. Flight operations, training, aircraft maintenance and general running of the fleet are funded by the Presidency. With a current holding of eleven aircraft, the fleet has, since inception in 1996, operated a yearly average of 1900 flights accumulating a yearly average of 2140 flying hours. These missions originate mostly from the Presidency, National Assembly and the Judiciary. Others may be in furtherance of the nation’s foreign policy objectives through the Ministry of External Affairs, ECOWAS Secretariat, African Union (AU), Heads of friendly African countries, and in support of peace-making efforts within the West African sub-region. A typical example was the airlift of former President Charles Taylor of Liberia into exile in Nigeria in 2003.

  5. Greg says :

    airport data, the PAF gave the Air Force the Citation and another type over a year ago; it was in the papers. Said to have being a direct order by late Prez Yaradua.
    Alaba Bham…..so, we at long last get supersonic fighters, and can’t find pilots to fly them? Talk about a track record!

  6. Alaba Bham says :

    Greg

    You are so right. Talk about putting the cart before the horse or the jet before the pilot in this case!. Not sure the PAF pilots can transition over to fast jets again..years of making sure oga’s Star Beer or champagne dosent spill over in a BBJ or GV is way different to pulling Gs’ in the microwaved over MiG 21s aka F7 Shenyang.

  7. Skywalker says :

    The Only active flying aircraft in the NAF fleet is from the PAF. Other airwings are really dormant with pilots getting very little flight time per year probable because NAF is saving both pilots and aircraft i.e F7 for when the are needed, (death maybe). Only the DO228 are regularly airborne. (probably caring military VIP).In my Nigeria it is always about VIP movement.

  8. Alaba Bham says :

    Some of the cost of training PAF pilots could go back to NAF. I suspect budget implications are that PAF is funded from the office of the Presidency as opposed to coming from NAF budgets.

    Have the F7s been worked up into the order of battle? The previous point about lack of flying is so telling as best practice dictates that pilots should fly about 350-400 hours on the Alpha/ MB 339/ L39Z before progressing onto a type like the F7. Years of neglect has turned the NAF into the PAF sedately flying about.

    The recent expo should now turn into maybe a joint exercise next year with the South African Air Force to test all elements of the NAF against a proven although lean in size air force. The Grippen / Mirage/ Maritime aircraft and helicopter elements against the F7, MB 339, L 39Z, Mil helicopters in aspects of air to air, air to ground, COIN, bvr and maritime patrol. Maybe this isnt the thread for this debate.

  9. Skywalker says :

    Alaba bham is spot on. I think Oga Nigeianaviation should start a unique forum where Nigerian aviation issues should be discussed as they come up. One cannot say anything on Pprune without people taking the thread off topic. Well done people.

  10. xnur44 says :

    When the F-7NI was ordered provision was made for 10 pilots. Evidently it is not enough but hopefully there will be aggressive funding to close gaps in acute pilot training deficiency in the NAF. The rot in the Airforce is too glaring and need a shock therapy before we begin to think of bilateral air exercises with other nations.

  11. Alaba Bham says :

    I take xnur44’s point but perharps shock therapy would be if the SAF was to whitewash NAF in the exercise. Machiavellian I know but the loss of face, negative publicity could then galvanise funding to bring NAF up to par. Still dont understand why NAF would order 15 F7s and train/ type only 10 pilots. Does the package include a sim in Nigeria? or local MiG 21 training as NAF did over 20 years ago?. I’m sad as we had many jocks with over 2000 hours on the MiG by the late 80s.

  12. xnur44 says :

    The F-7 is considered an odd choice in the international fighter community considering that She grounded her MiG-21. With its limited avionic and battle management capabilities, the F7 does not confer much but may plug an embarrassing gap in the Nigeria air defense until a multirole/dedicated air defense fighter is acquired. It takes about $2m+ to train a fast jet pilot to combat ready status. Maybe the NAF need to bring back the potential pilot training scheme to augment what is available because there are acute shortages in pilot per squadron ratios.

  13. xnur44 says :

    Package does not include simulator but I perceive that these 10 pilots will double as instructors for the F-7NI. But the F-7NI order does cover technical support. Truly there were fighter jocks like the Late Sqr Ldr. Bitiong, the current COAS and AOC Tactical Air Command. Bitiong was our “Richthofen” on the MiG-21 did much work train pilots and modifications on airplane type and weaponry. Those TIMES are long gone…

  14. xnur44 says :

    Correction: Late Sqr Ldr. Ekele not Sqr Ldr. Bitiong

  15. Alaba Bham says :

    Lets look at money. The 3 PAF exec jets ordered by the government is costing $153m and some change. 15 F7NGs including tech support, missiles,training etc cost £251m through oil by barter which is meaningless as $251m is $251m. Where is government priority? I cant help but have a strategic view here, invest and properly utilise a/c in border protection through maritime patrol( One of the ATR’s just spent a WEEK on the ground at Farnborough when it should be have been working. If during that one week, it had detected and caused the interception of just ONE ship bunkering, the money saved would have been far more than that one week jolly plus estacode).
    Spread the pool of potential flight crew in NAF and not just who know who. Put all the grounded forever MiGs, Jaguars etc at school nationwide to demystify and increase interest in aviation. More females who physiological are better suited to Gs.

    Oh..I could go on and on…..

  16. xnur44 says :

    Modernization of the Presidential fleet is good enough (comments abound already) and I believe older a/c types will be sold out.
    What you’re proposing is something akin to the United States Military Cadet programs in high institutions, in Nigeria case it will require a defense policy shift to implement. We’re not at war now and there is money to achieve what we want but I am afraid there are “bottlenecks”. Govt policy makers (including defense committees in House of Assembly) possess miniscule ideas of defense matters that repercussions always trail their decisions. They look at the shiny amour at Abuja and conclude that all is well.
    On Maritime patrol, contract was signed in 2006 for UAVs/UMVs from Israel and associated radar to cover Nigeria coastline. Information is scrappy at best on Nigeria defense matters but I did not believe until I saw an Avistar UAV on display on NAF Expo 2010. This was to be supplemented by 2 ATR-42MP but I do not have any idea if the UAV system is operational for now. This suggest an economic approach to maritime security but I think the ATR-42MP should be increased to six to account for non- availability (maintenance, plane/crew rotations, loiter time on stations etc.)

  17. Skywalker says :

    Very good point raised. what is it with Nigerian Airforce and mysticism. A good look aerially at Benin airport shows dead NAF fokkers , Lagos is packed with Worn out C130 etc…..there is nothing to hide. Nigerian Airforce should start living in current times and stop holding on to soviet era security. at least you have to give them a pat for their airshow, but a lot needs to be done to come up to par. I saw a sepecat Jaguar on Airliners.net NAF710 (1980 something) It looked really neat. but that was a long time ago. that era is buried.

    • AndrewE says :

      Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head with that comment. Anyone for planespotting at a NAF base….??? I didin’t think so, lest you find yourself spending time at Kirikiri prison.

  18. xnur44 says :

    NAF 710 static display at Farnborough’84 was a publicity stunt by British Aerospace which is an acceptable practice. The Jaguar has the shortest service life in the NAF thanks in no small part to the nature of the purchase contract. NAF was denied purchase of advanced weapons to enhanced its deep strike capability except for iron bombs of limited effectiveness, aerial tanker was denied because it might be used to invade neighbour country, the airplane was to be used for defensive purposes or risk withdrawal of technical support and spare parts and NAF could not resell/transfer the plane to a third party (another country) without approval of British Aerospace (now BAe Systems). The NAF had no other option than to ground the Jaguar squadron.

    • Greg says :

      xnur44, we can be thankful that NAF had strategy pre-1984, but was done in by British politics. I recall the late Air Chief Ibrahim Alfa telling the Guardian newspaper that questions were raised in Europe when we explored possibilities of a tanker. The idea I had was, the British were trying to protect apartheid South Africa. Ultimately, we aren’t THAT bad if we’d reached such stages in 1984

  19. xnur44 says :

    I heard the Nigeria Air Force is working on a long range strike program, can anyone sum up what this is all about? At least the Nigeria Navy has a 49 ship acquisition program spanning 10 years (see Nigeria Navy update on Wikipedia).

  20. bugs bunny says :

    many of you who post comments have little or no knowledge about what you talking about.if you know how the airforce used to be weak and now its waxing strong u wont be posting rubbish….there are other aircrafta aside PAF that have flying airrafts…so,ask and do research before u post dumb and stupid comments….i av got people in the airforce that know well and work on these aircrafts.

  21. Alaba Bham says :

    Just spotted bugs bunny’s comments. I do know what I what I write about and willing to engage in debate on aviation. If I didnt I would not be contributing to an aviation forum. Im glad you have people in the air force but calling contributors comments ‘dumb and stupid’ is not debate.
    Challenge us with facts and data then I will concede you have positive points to make.

  22. Zal says :

    exactly why would you say comments are dumb and stupid,definitely no decorum to start with , and to think that you have not made any facts or points in your own comment is amazing.

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