Nigeria to induct 2 new attack helicopters
London, Feb. 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Two recently acquired attack helicopters, Agusta 109E (M) Power Helicopters and Mi-171 E Combat Helicopter by the Nigerian Air Force NAF will be inducted on Thursday 6th of February in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power
According to the NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, “Rehearsals for activities that form part of the induction ceremony will involve the movement of military aircraft flying at low level as from Monday, 3 to Thursday, 6 February 2020”.
The induction ceremony which was earlier scheduled for January 28 before postponement will now around 10:00am at the Eagle Square, Abuja
2 helicopters, along with associated equipment and spares, arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on board a Boeing 737-400 Cargolux Airline aircraft from Malpensa International Airport in Italy on 15 January 2020.
The induction of the helicopters will bring to four, the number of the Augusta 109 attack helicopters procured by the Nigerian government.
Confirming the acquisition recently, , Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said, “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to induct the second batch of 2 new Agusta Westland 109 Power Attack Helicopters procured by the Federal Government as part of the fleet enhancement efforts to enable more effective and efficient employment of air power to tackle the security challenges facing the Nation.
It would be recalled that the NAF had earlier received the first batch of 2 new Agusta 109 Power Helicopters that were inducted into the Service on 29 April 2019 during the 55th NAF Day Celebration in Abuja.
The Service, within the last 5 years, has taken delivery of 21 brand new aircraft, including 10 Super Mushshak, 5 Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships, 2 Bell 412 Helicopters and 4 Agusta 109 Power Helicopters.
Beside these, 15 additional aircraft have been ordered by the Nigerian government, which include 12 Super Tucano attack aircraft and 3 JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft. In addition, the Service also took over 11 aircraft from other MDAs.
These include 3 EC-135 helicopters and 3 Dauphin helicopters from NNPC, 3 Donier 228 aircraft and 2 Agusta 101 from the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF); making an unprecedented total of 47 aircraft that have either been inducted into the NAF or ordered for the Service since 2015.