July 5, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir officially inaugurated on Sunday Sudan’s first plant for producing airplanes in presented of several government officials.
- Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir at the plane factory inaugration in Khartoum July 5, 2009 (AFP)
The Safat Aviation Complex, which is located in Karari suburb, Khartoum state will carry out the assembling, manufacturing, development and maintenance of aircrafts.
In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony President Al-Bashir announced the start of the production of the first generation of aircraft to be made in Sudan, dubbed Safat 01. "Today we have entered a new field, manufacturing planes. This is the beginning," he said.
Jalal Youssef Al-Digair, the minister of industry stressed that the new aviation complex aims to meet the growing need for aircrafts in the country. He further said this plant would promote the aviation industry and techniques in Sudan as well as would enhance the capacity of researches institutions.
Khalid Al-Ahmed Al-Abdallah, the Safat complex executive director, said this plant would allow to realize the sudanization of the aviation industry, which is a strategic objective for the government. He also added it would reduce the cost of overseas maintenance of Sudanese airplanes.
The Safat plant will manufacture three small planes and helicopters , Safat 01, Safat 02 and Safat 03. Al-Bashir witnessed an exhibition of three prototypes of these planes.