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Zambia inaugurates L-15 training centre

12 September 2017

Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opened a new training centre at Lusaka Air Abase to support the Zambian Air Force's new HAIC L-15 jets, it was announced on 5 September.

President Lungu (right) inspects a flight simulator at the L-15 training centre he opened at Lusaka Air Base on 5 September. (Edgar Chagwa Lungu)President Lungu (right) inspects a flight simulator at the L-15 training centre he opened at Lusaka Air Base on 5 September. (Edgar Chagwa Lungu)

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lungu described the new facility as a "cutting edge, ultra-modern, three-storey simulation centre" that was constructed by the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) to provide safe and realistic training for L-15 pilots.

According to China's Xinhua news agency, CATIC regional chief Li Houding said that the training centre is the most advanced of its kind in Africa.

Lungu's Patriotic Front party quoted the president as saying that L-15 acquisition was in line with the aim of creating "a lean, well equipped, well trained, professional, and efficient tactical air force capable of responding to the air power needs of the 21st century Zambia".



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