The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has received two Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia. Abdulganiyu Olabisi, Chief of Aircraft Engineering at the NAF headquarters, received the aircraft on Monday at the tactical air command in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
Olabisi said the helicopters are part of the government’s efforts to combat rising insecurity in the country.
“The helicopters in a few days from now will be assembled,” Olabisi said.
“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.”
Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF headquarters Abuja, said the helicopters will “go a long way” in enhancing the security of the nation and enhancing the NAF operational capacity. He said the force had taken delivery of two helicopters in December 2016 which are already deployed to the north east.