Nigerian Air Force acquisitions revealed in budget

In addition, the government has set aside N3 billion ($8 million) for the procurement of various aircraft spares, and various arms and ammunition that include ammunition for fighter jets and attack helicopters.

The budget also provides for the construction and equipment of a standard aircraft maintenance hangar at the Bauchi Special Operations Command base as well as upgrades and rehabilitation of existing military infrastructure at various air bases around the country.

The Nigerian acquisition of the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter jets is part of an ongoing fleet modernisation programme that includes the procurement of eight Russian-made Mi-35M attack helicopters and up to 12 A-29 Super Tucano close air support aircraft from the US.

The NAF is expecting three more pre-owned, serviceable A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Brazil. The aircraft were manufactured by Brazilian aerospace company Embraer Defence and Security.

The new aircraft are expected to boost the operational capabilities of the air force in its fight against militancy and the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east.

Source: Defenceweb

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