New Aircraft for Ghana Arm Forces
H. E. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President has inaugurated a CASA- 295 twin- turboprop medium lift aircraft for the Ghana Air Force (GAF) to be used to support combat, surveillance and medical evacuations.
According to him, the CASA-295 aircraft will support the GAF in its combat and surveillance operations and also be used for humanitarian services.
Mr. Mahama disclosed this in Accra at the inaugural ceremony and pointed out that government has taken steps to re-equip and revamp the GAF to meet the challenging of the 21st century, including the defending of Ghana’s territorial integrity and providing of surveillance for the oil industry.
He said the CASA- 295 aircraft will replace the Fokker 27, which has operated for 37 years and is due to decommissioned as a result of old age and stressed that another CASA295 Aircraft is expected in the country by March next year.
Veep said the aircraft, manufactured by the Airbus Military of Spain, has capacity for 71 soldiers and 44 ordinary passenges and its endurance is about that of the Fokker 27.
He said further that government is negotiating for some more surveillance and trainer aircraft for the GAF and parliament is also considering approving an agreement to supply four new helicopters to the GAF.
Mr. Mahama urged the pilots and technicians to maintain safety standards and respect flying schedules to save lives and enable the country to derive maximum returns from its investment.