Parliament scrutinises government’s request for approval for purchase of 6 aircraft for Ghana Army

Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has laid before Parliament a hundred and €11 million performance sales and purchase agreement for the supply of six L-39 next-generation Aircraft for the Ghana Armed Forces.

The agreement was laid in the House by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on behalf of his colleague, Dominic Nitiwul.

The agreement has been referred to the Defence and Interior Committee for consideration.

According to the Ministry of Defence’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2020-2023, the Ministry as of June 30, 2019, had overhauled three Casa Aircraft for the Ghana Air Force and Two helicopters which were grounded since 2012. Per the document, seven Aircrafts were supposed to have been acquired for the Ghana Armed Forces before the end of 2020.

Government according to the document also intends to refurbish fifteen Aircraft used by the Ghana Armed Forces as at December 2020.

As part of efforts to retool the Ghana Armed Forces, government announced in the 2021 Budget Statement that it has awarded a contract for the procurement of high technology communication equipment like the Night Vision Binoculars and Monoculars for the Armed Forces to improve night operations.

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