Today that technical capability the Nigerian Air Force was wielded is DEAD ! Nigeria now imports the kind of aircraft it mass produced 35 years ago from Pakistan Rather than leverage on such a superb foundation, Nigeria, flush with oil money went on a spending spree,, acquiring aircrafts not based on threat perception, but on prestige and grandiose display of wealth and was vendor driven rather than on need basis.
The NAF within the 50 + years of its existence has operated 29 different aircraft types and weapon systems from 9 different countries. No surprise maintenance of these platforms has been a nightmare to NAF engineering due to lack of standardisation, incompatibility and interoperability.
Thirty five years later Nigeria is suffering the consequence for allowing the technical capacity it once had rot away.
Nigeria needs a domestic industrial base. The delay in the delivery of aircraft consignment in itself poses a national security threat. It’s BEEN four years and Nigeria is yet to take delivery of the three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. Nigeria will not be taking delivery of the Super Tucano until 2020-2023 at best. Until then the capability gap is horrendous.
Nigerian Air Force was forced to adapt its L-39ZA trainear aircraft for combat role because the NAF is over stretched. This against a militia that has no air combat capability. Against a near peer adversary there is a high likelihood the NAF will capitulate within hours.