ZAMBIAN GOVT COMMITTED TO EQUIPPING DEFENCE FORCES TO ADDRESS SECURITY CHALLENGES

LUSAKA, Zambian President Edgar Lungu says his Patriotic Front administration is committed to equipping the country’s defence forces with modern equipment to enable them address new security challenges.

The need for modern defence systems cannot be over-emphasized in view of Zambia’s growing economy, coupled with the huge investments being made in the country by local and foreign investors, he added when officially opening a Simulator Training Centre at the Zambia Airforce (ZAF) base here Tuesday.

President Lungu commended the China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) for facilitating the state-of-the-art technology and hailed it as committed partner to the government in modernising the security and defence wings.

ZAF Commander Eric Chimese said the opening of the Simulator Training Centre redefined and opened a new chapter in flying training of fighter pilots in the Air Force.

Lieutenant-General Chimese explained that computer-based ground training systems in aviation had played a major role in building the skills and confidence of Zambian pilots by providing them cost effective ways of training.

CATIC Regional President Li Houding said the L 15 Simulator Training Centre was the most advanced in Africa and would enable the ZAF build up a cohort of well-trained pilots.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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