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Breaking: Nigerian Air Force unveils two MI-35M helicopter gunships

Breaking: Nigerian Air Force unveils two MI-35M helicopter gunships

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today, Saturday, May 5, unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships that the federal government had since ordered from Russia.

The induction ceremony was conducted as part of the activities of the 54th anniversary of the NAF which is currently ongoing in Kaduna state.

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships

The new helicopters are meant to boost the Nigerian military internal security operations in the country.

The new helicopters were ordered from Russia by the federal government

The new helicopters were ordered from Russia by the federal government

The helicopters had arrived Nigeria on Monday, April 30 at the NAF Base Makurdi.

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The induction ceremony was conducted as part of the activities of the 54th anniversary of NAF.

The induction ceremony was conducted as part of the activities of the 54th anniversary of NAF.

The newly inducted helicopters, which are capable of night fighting, are all brand new and are the most sophisticated in the Mi-series of helicopter gunships.

The newly built helicopters are capable of night fighting.

The newly built helicopters are capable of night fighting.

They are however, the second batch of the fleet of Mi-35M helicopters, the procurement of which the current federal government initiated in 2015.

The helicopters will help NAF to combat insecurities in Benue and other states.

The helicopters will help NAF to combat insecurities in Benue and other states.

The induction of the helicopter gunships would go a long way in adding impetus to the current efforts at combatting the security challenges in Benue state and other parts of the north central region as well as other forms of criminality facing the country.

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships in Kaduna

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships in Kaduna

In addition, with the induction of the additional Mi-35M helicopters, the on-going counterinsurgency operation in the northeast will receive a boost.

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships in Kaduna

NAF unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships in Kaduna

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The NAF had taken delivery of the first batch of 2 brand new Mi-35M helicopters in December 2016, and they were inducted aftwerwards.

Legit.ng earlier reported that nine engineering/armament personnel of the Nigerian Air Force were winged today, Friday, May 4, as part of activities marking the Service 54th anniversary.

In a brief ceremony at the Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna, the newly decorated officers were hailed for their contributions to the successes of the NAF.

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