May 27, 2014

Shs 650Million Earmarked For Renovating Gulu UPDF Hangar

Ministry of Defense has earmarked 650 million shillings for the renovation of the dilapidated Uganda People’s Defense Forces hangar at Gulu airfield. A hangar is large structure at an airfield, where aircrafts are stored and maintained. The Gulu airfield, which is found in the fourth division barracks, was built in 1965.

UPDF Air force soldiers marching in Gulu town to mark Tarehe Sita.
UPDF Air force soldiers marching in Gulu town to mark Tarehe Sita.

It currently serves as a training wing for the Uganda People’s Defense Air forces. However, the hangar has not undergone any renovation since the airfield was built. Currently, the hangar only shelters a single jet fighter because of its dilapidated condition. On Monday, Lt Joseph Bataringaya, the Director Estates Air force launched the rehabilitation drive at Gulu barracks.

He explained that they had received all the funds and purchased the necessary equipment for the renovation works. Lt Joseph Bataringaya disclosed that they had contracted the UPDF Engineering Brigade to undertake the rehabilitation, which is expected to be complete within two months. He said the money is sufficient to give the hangar a face lift. Speaking to Uganda Radio Network after the launch, Col James Birungi, the Chief of Staff Air force command, said over the hangar has been a mess over the years, which made it difficult to store aircraft.

He said the conditions of the aircraft storage facility arose the need to lobby for funds for its rehabilitation since the same facility is used as the training ground for the air force department in the region. Colonel Birungi said once the renovation work is complete, they expect the hangar to help decongest the airfield at the main barracks and provide safety to the aircraft from bad weather.

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