Metro Nigeria Airforce Expects 12 Attack Helicopter Gunships from Russia To Fight Militants, Boko Haram



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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar has said that there was urgent need to boost the capacity of Nigerian Air Force to meet its responsibilities.

He said this yersterday, against the backdrop of involvement of the Nigerian Air Force in the battle to rid the country of terrorism in the North East and other serious security issues confronting the country, such as Niger Delta militancy.

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Abubakar, in an NTA programme, said that NAF would soon take delivery of 12 new Mi-35 attack helicopter gunships from Russia fitted with modern facilities to fire guided missiles at enemy positions.

He said a new set of fighter jets from the United States of America with ISR facilities would soon be delivered to NAF as soon as the US Congress, which gives approval on manufacture and sale of such hi-tech weaponry, gave its nod.

Commenting on the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and their camps in Sambisa, Air Marshal Abubakar said: “We have degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram terrorist’s group to move around inside the Sambisa forest.