innoson begins production of fighter jet parts in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Innoson now makes fighter jet parts.

Nigeria’s first car maker takes to the skies in fighter jets

The grinding conflict between the Nigerian state and Boko Haram insurgents has exacted a devastating human and economic toll over the past six years.

Innoson has signed an agreement to supply the Nigerian Air Force with spare parts for Alpha fighters

Photo: Innoson has signed an agreement to supply the Nigerian Air Force with spare parts for Alpha fighters.

But for Nigeria’s first car manufacturer, the crisis may represent an opportunity.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) recently announced a partnership deal with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), which will see the company supply spare parts for jets conducting airstrikes against the insurgents.

Innoson staff meeting with Nigerian Air Force pilots at Enugu Air Base. Collaboration is likely to expand beyond the current deal

Photo: Innoson staff meeting with Nigerian Air Force pilots at Enugu Air Base. Collaboration is likely to expand beyond the current deal.

“The ingenious effort by IVM is instrumental to the continued operation of the Alpha Jets,” NAF spokesperson Ayodele Famuyiwa said of the deal. “IVM helped to save the day when help was not forthcoming from abroad.”

Innoson . Innoson motor manufacturing plant at Nnewi in Anambra state. The company employs over 7000 people and has capacity to produce 10,000 vehicles a year

Photo: Innoson motor manufacturing plant at Nnewi in Anambra state. The company employs over 7000 people and has capacity to produce 10,000 vehicles a year.

Friends in high places

The air force reached out to Innoson in 2015, as it faced increasing difficulty with the import of vital parts such as brake pads. The deal was struck after a series of site visits around the country.

“The army came to our factories in many states,” says Innoson spokesperson Cornel Osigwe. “They saw we had the capacity.”

IVM, part of the Innoson Group owned by billionaire Innocent Chukwuma, started producing commercial vehicles such as coaches in 2007, before launching a range of private cars in 2014 — the first to carry a “Made in Nigeria” seal.

Innoson pick up truck

Innoson 4-wheel drive vehicle

Innoson cars

Innoson trucks

Innoson buses

Innoson factory

The offshoot company now employs over 7,000 people and has capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year. It is hoped that the partnership with NAF could help the business expand further.

“The attention is providing a big boost for the company,” says Osigwe.

Innoson has gained several new clients since the deal, according to the spokesperson, including the National Assembly. Leading politicians such as Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have offered strong support.

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By Kieron Monks | CNN
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One thought on “innoson begins production of fighter jet parts in Nigeria

  1. inosson motor should not only manufacture fighter jet parts for the Nig airforce but must quickly acquire the skill to build armoured tank and other weaponry for military and other security agency . Practtse they say make perfect. Nigeria must learn how to use made in Nigeria goods . MP passing just bill not enough but must back it with action . capital flight out the country must stop immediately as to encourage local manufactured goods / up PROFORCE INOSSON,DICON.

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