Ghana is currently upgrading its military capacity. The Air Force can expect a fair number of new aircraft soon, according to John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Mr. Dramani Mahami made his statements while visiting Burma Camp in Accra earlier in February 2015. The equipping drive which commenced in 2009 under the Late President John Mills will see GAF receive a set of new aircrafts – including four new Harbin Z-9 helicopters and five new Embraer A-29 Super Tucano training and light attack aircraft, a statement reads.
“We must prepare and train for any eventuality – hostage situations, bombings, and attacks on shopping malls among others,” the Ghana president said. He sees the new aircraft as a “progressive effort to upgrade the GAF into a vibrant force in the sub region”.
Until the arrival of the Super Tucanos the Ghana Air Force’s only fixed-wing attack aircraft are four Hongdu K-8 Karakorums.
Source: Ghana Armed Forces
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