The Nigeria Air Force on Monday took delivery of two MI-35M combat helicopters towards combating security challenges in the country.
The Chief of Aircraft Engineering, Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, Abuja, AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, received the helicopters at the Tactical Air Command of the NAF base in Makurdi
Olabisi while receiving the items maintained that the new aircraft would be assembled and taken to Kaduna where they would be inducted as part of the 54th NAF Day celebration and from there, they would be sent to the conflict zones.
According to him, NAF is aware of the prevailing security situation in the country and the effort the Federal Government is making to ensure that every part of Nigeria is safe and secure.
“It is part of this concerted effort that the NAF is taking the delivery of a second batch of two MI-35M combat helicopters from Russia.
“The helicopters in a few days from now will be assembled. We are happy that we have a team of Russian engineers who are going to assist in assembling these helicopters. Thereafter, they will be taken to Kaduna where they will be officially inducted as part of the 54th NAF Day celebration. Thereafter, the helicopters will be deployed in conflict zones,”
Olabisi said the addition to the NAF fleets would enhance the security situation in the country.
On the killings in Benue, Olabisi said, “What is happening in Benue is regrettable and the situation here is of concern for most of us. I believe that the strategic planners also have Benue State as one of the areas where these helicopters are likely to be deployed.”
In his remark, the Director, Public Relations and information, NAF Headquarters Abuja, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, noted that the helicopter had the capacity to fight at night.
“I believe the coming of these helicopters will go a long way in enhancing the security of the nation and enhancing the NAF operational capacity and it will go a long way to ameliorate the situation in the country.
“They are two of them coming now. We took delivery of two in December 2016. Those two are already deployed for operations and we have seen them recording a lot of feat in the counter insurgency fight in the North-East. These two that have been received today are also going to be assembled after which they will be test-flown and once they are test-flown, they will be inducted in Kaduna.”