Nigerian Air Force To Take Delivery Of ₦2.3b Augusta 109 Power Helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force says it will take delivery of Augusta 109 Power helicopter from Italy soon, to strengthen its arsenal for the fight against insurgency in the North-West.

The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this at the 2019 First Quarter Chief of Air Staff Conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Abubakar said that acquisition of the military helicopter was part of renewed efforts of Federal Government to ensure that there was security in the North-West.

He said that the focus was particularly in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states, where a new detachment had been approved by the Air Force Council.

“We have already provided landing facilities there for helicopters and we have also provided fuelling facilities for the aircraft,” he said.

Abubakar disclosed that NAF was currently reactivating five of its aircrafts, adding that “3L 39 Live Extension Programme’’ was on in Kano and “MI 35 Live Extension Programme’’ in Port Harcourt.