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Terrorism in Nigeria: NAF acquires one other Mi-171E fighter chopper

The Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) has taken supply of a second Mi-171E helicopter acquired by the federal authorities from Serbia.

The Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter that introduced it touched down at NAF Base Makurdi at 3.15pm on Wednesday.

Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip, acquired the brand new plane on behalf of the Chief of the Air Employees, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Data, mentioned a group of NAF personnel and technical assist employees from the gear vendor offloaded it.

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officers had been available to make sure essential documentation.

Daramola famous that the Mi-171E is the second plane bought by the Buhari administration.

In complete, Nigeria has acquired 23 new aircrafts since 2015.

“The brand new plane will undoubtedly increase NAF’s contributions within the combat in opposition to insurgency, armed banditry and different legal actions within the nation”, the spokesman added.

The Mi-171E is a sophisticated, multi-purpose helicopter produced by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of Russian Helicopters.

It may be deployed in search-and-rescue (SAR) missions, catastrophe response, forest fire-fighting and medical help.

The helicopter has two enhanced VK-2500-03 engines; every develops a take-off energy of two,400hp and contingency energy of two,700hp.

The chopper is provided with Safir auxiliary energy plant, upgraded transmissions, and inside gas tanks.

The Mi-171E flies at a most pace of 250km/h, has an operational ceiling of 6,000m and might operate in temperatures ranging between 50°C and -50°C.