The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has emerged the overall best in the Research institutions category of the National Technology and Innovation Expo 2017 which ended today in Abuja. The 5 days Technological and Innovative Expo held from 3 – 7 April 2017 was organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. The aims of the Expo were to create awareness and achievements in science and technology, encourage indigenous innovations and technology, promote Research and Development (R&D) as well as build partnership between Research institutions and investors.
To clinch the first position, the NAF showcased some of its locally produced military hardware which included; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) known as “Gulma”, Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), Automated Vehicle Driving Simulator, C-130H Hydraulic Replenishing cart, Engine Compressor washing machine, tyre removal equipment and toilet serving cart. Other innovative products on display were multipurpose armament store lifting equipment, security control doors, GSM-base intruder detection and alarm system among others. The NAF R&D Team was presented with certificate, plaque and cash prize during the closing ceremony. The event witnessed a large turnout of participants from research institutions, academic institutions, corporate entities and individual inventors. It is imperative to state that as part of efforts towards reinforcing culture of self-reliance and prudent management of resources, the NAF has recorded major feats in R&D.