Nigerian army is considering to acquire helicopters to boost their counter terrorism effort from the air.
The new Nigerian Army Aviation Corps seeks to procure a new South African made Rooivalk, Russian-made Mi-17, French-made H125 and some Chinese-made helicopters to equip a newly established Army Aviation Corps.
The established of the Nigerian Army (NA) Aviation Corps was revealed by Nigerian Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai on Wednesday 6th April 2016 when he addressed the 2016 First Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja.
According to Buratai, Nigerian Army (NA) Aviation Corps the new stand-alone counter-terrorism air unit will be tasked specifically with providing aerial support to ground forces battling the Boko Haram insurgents in the north and north-east of the country and guaranteeing long-term national security.
Lt. General Buratai also hinted acquiring of platforms from Russian, American and Chinese origin, including certain simulators and UAVs.
The Russian made Mi-17 due to its ruggedness, operability and multi-role capability has been given emphasis.
As a result, different contractors submitted their proposals for supply, tendering process is currently on.
Ten pilots who will form the core of the new aviation corps are currently undergoing flight training at the International Helicopter Flying School in Enugu expected to graduate in May 2016.
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