Nigeria Airforce Expecting 12 Attack Helicopter Gunships from Russia

19 Aug

Abuja—The Chief of Air Staff, Air
Marshal Saddique Abubakar, said
yesterday there was urgent need to
boost the capacity of Nigerian Air Force
to meet its responsibilities.
He spoke 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.
To this end, Abubakar, in an NTA
programme, said that NAF would
soon take delivery of 12 new Mi-35
attack helicopter gunships fitted
with modern facilities to fire guided
missiles at enemy positions.
Aside the gunships from Russia, 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.
‘’The only problem we are having is that
of the terrain. It is a big challenge
because the place has been mined and
troops cannot just move freely.” Noting,
however, that the terrorists had been
fleeing the forest because of airforce
bombardment, Abubakar said the task
was immense.
Mi-35 in action:

The Mi-35M is a multi-role combat
helicopter manufactured by Rostvertol,
a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. It is
an export variant of Mi-24 Hind attack
helicopter. Primarily designed for attack
and military transport missions, the
helicopter delivers superior flight
performance and manoeuvrability than
its predecessor.
The production of Mi-35M started in
2005. The aircraft integrates modern,
high-precision weaponry for destroying
ground-based armoured targets and
providing air support for ground
missions. It can be modified as an
attack, ground assault, medical
evacuation (MEDEVAC) or transport
The Mi-35M is one of the modern
combat helicopters in the Russian Air
Force inventory. It is also operated by
the armed forces of Venezuela, Brazil
and Azerbaijan.
Based on the Mi-24 Hind, the Mi-35M
incorporates several improvements,
including shortened stub wings, a new
rotor system, modern avionics,
upgraded turboshaft engines and a
hydraulic system. The cockpit and vital
components of the helicopter are
significantly armoured.
It can be deployed in combat missions
in various geographies with high-
temperature and high-altitude
environments and features round-the-
clock combat capabilities for conducting
missions during day and night. It is also
capable of operating from unprepared
and poorly equipped airfields.

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