A milestone in Pakistan-Nigeria Defence relations was achieved on 20th May
2021 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. Pakistan Air Force was represented by Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali, Vice Chief of Air Staff along with other high ranking officials. His Excellency Major General (Retd) Muhammad Tayyab Azam, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria and Colonel Mehboob Iftikhar Khattak, Defence Adviser were also present to witness the ceremony.
From the Nigerian side, His Excellency Major General (Retd) Bashir Salihi Magashi, Minister for Defence and Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff graced the occasion.
Pakistan and Nigeria have enjoyed close defence ties in the past. The induction of these state of the art fighter jets will further strengthen the defence ties and strategic partnership between both countries.