Diamond Aircraft successfully delivered four DA62 MPP Special Mission Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The official acceptance ceremony took place at the 303 Medium Airlift Group's base in Ilorin, Kwara State in October.
The procurement process initiated approximately two years ago, reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the final two DA62 MPP aircraft, complementing the first two aircraft delivered between February and July last year. The NAF showcased the aircraft during a reception ceremony, with all four aircraft equipped with cutting-edge electro-optical systems. The DA62 MPP features the latest in tracking and sensor technology and sets the benchmark as the most cost-effective, powerful and versatile airborne platform in its class today, contributing to the NAF's operational efficiency.
David Fasching, Sales Manager Africa, Special Mission Aircraft Division at Diamond Aircraft Austria, stated, "Diamond Aircraft is honoured to contribute to the Nigerian Air Force's capabilities with the delivery of the DA62 MPP Special Mission Aircraft. This successful collaboration reflects our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions for surveillance missions in Africa. We are confident that the DA62 MPP's advanced features will significantly enhance the NAF's operational effectiveness."
Mr. Shakiru Olayinka, Sales Representative for Diamond Aircraft in Nigeria stated, "As the sales representative for Diamond´s Special Mission Aircraft Solutions in Nigeria, I am proud to witness the successful delivery of the DA62 MPP Special Mission Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force. This milestone reflects our dedication to providing the NAF with top-tier solutions for their evolving operational needs. We are excited about the positive impact these aircraft will have on Nigeria's security efforts."
The Diamond Aircraft DA62 MPP (Multipurpose Platform) is a modern twin-engine aircraft designed for a variety of specialized missions. With a range of over 1,000 nautical miles, the DA62 MPP can stay airborne for extended periods, allowing it to conduct missions over large areas without the need for frequent refuelling. Compared to larger, more expensive aircraft, the DA62 MPP is a cost-effective solution for these operations - with a fuel burn of approximately 7.4 US gal per hour, operating costs are extremely low.