The Nigerian Air Force Research and Development Competition/Exhibition (NAF R&D) 2016 was rounded-up yesterday in Kaduna. The theme “Developing Civil-Military Research Programmes Towards Enhanced National Development” was adopted for the event to achieve two broad objectives.
The first is to attract external collaboration by showcasing NAF R & D feats to the public. The second is to promote NAF R & D objectives through competition among individual personnel and NAF establishments. Participants at the two-day event include academic and research institutions having subsisting memorandum of understanding with the NAF. Two resource persons from the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex were also in attendance to present papers. The papers titled “The Role of Public and Private Sectors in Research and Development and its Impact on Defence Production: The Pakistan Experience” and “Strategies for Strengthening Civil Military Collaboration for Capacity Building in Research and Development in Nigeria” provided feasible model for emulation by the NAF in its drive to promote self-reliance through acquisition of indigenous technological capacity.
At the end of the competition, three of the projects displayed at the exhibition were adjudged as most innovative by a team of independent assessors. The first project is the “Renovation of Mobile Control Tower” by 041 Communication Depot using local resources. The second innovative project is the “Design and Production of C-130 Tyre Removal Equipment” by 301 Heavy Airlift Group, while the design and production of “Aircraft Engine Compressor Washing Machine” by 531 Aircraft Maintenance Depot was adjudged the third most innovative project.