Metro Aerospace, LLC is pleased to announce the sale of Microvanes™ 3D printed vanes to the Nigerian Air Force for its fleet of C-130 aircraft. With Nigeria’s purchase, Africa becomes the fourth continent to invest in the cost-effective green technology for the aerospace industry.
The Nigerian Air Force, the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and one of the largest forces in Africa, made the decision based on Microvanes’ proven ability to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.
Lockheed Martin Corporation’s patented technology, which is licensed to Metro Aerospace, works by effectively reshaping air flow and reducing drag when attached to the fuselage of an aircraft. This reduces fuel consumption by 3%–6%, which in turn lowers emissions. Microvanes have been sold to customers in Australia, North America, Africa, and Europe, and have flown on long-haul missions to Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and across North America.
“By providing fuel reduction of up to 30 gallons per hour, Microvanes saves companies and military organizations millions of dollars every year – and this doesn’t include the reduced wear and tear on engines,” says Leslie Peters, CEO of Metro Aerospace. “We are delighted that the Nigerian Air Force has selected Microvanes to improve their fleet’s operating efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions.”
“Adding Microvanes to the Nigerian fleet further substantiates their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint both domestically and internationally,” says Damon Ward, Executive Chairman of Metro Aerospace. “The ease of installation of our product and the overall fuel savings make the installation of Microvanes a very compelling business case.”
The installation is scheduled for later this summer.