COMBAT OPERATIONS: NAF to Deploy Augusta Attack Helicopters Across Nigeria

COMBAT OPERATION: NAF to Deploy Augusta Attack Helicopters Across Nigeria

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The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said after induction, the two new helicopters would be deployed to theatres of operation across the country to reinforce NAF capability in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality.

He disclosed that in the past few years NAF had taken delivery of several new aircraft in its efforts to effectively serve the nation.

“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 Federal 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 three 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.

“In the same vein, over 20 previously grounded aircraft have been reactivated within the past 5 years,” Daramola disclosed.