The Namibian Defence Force’s (NDF) Air Wing has acquired three more military helicopters for an unspecified amount of money.
The three helicopters – one Cheetah and two Chetaks – were manufactured and supplied by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian-based company that specialises in the manufacturing of military helicopters.
The helicopters were officially handed over to senior officers of the Namibian Air Force during a ceremony held at the Eros Airport in the capital on Friday morning.
The three helicopters will mainly be used by the Air Force in their responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of Namibia and during emergencies.
Speaking at the event, Defence Minister Charles Namoloh said the NDF’s Air Wing is now able to respond effectively to the needs of national defence responsibilities and emergency relief duties.
“You should strive to maintain these military assets in good shape, and make sure that those who will operate them should have the necessary competencies to do so.
You must, therefore, always keep in mind this responsibility as you lead the NDF’s Air Force to greater heights. Furthermore, keep in mind that these assets cost the Namibian Government a fortune, and we are not expecting sub-standard service delivery,” Namoloh appealed to Air Force officers.
The Defence Minister applauded a training team from the Indian Air Force for providing the needed technical and professional support to the Namibian Air Force manpower.
The handing over of the three helicopters on Friday follows the delivery of an unspecified number of helicopters to the NDF at the Grootfontein Army Base in the Otjozondjupa Region last week.
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