The Nigerian Air Force has announced the completion of the reactivation of a second Mi-35P Helicopter. It is the 23rd aircraft thus reactivated since July 2015 by this sector of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
” I was delighted to be in Port Harcourt today to induct Mi-35P Helicopter (NAF 530), which was reactivated in-country by the Nigerian Air Force personnel, supported by our technical partners. This is the 2nd Mi-35P so reactivated thus saving us foreign exchange and enabling knowledge/skills transfer. Nigerian Air Force has now reactivated 23 aircraft since July 2015. We are grateful to the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the priority given to our efforts to maintain current platforms and support to acquire 22 new ones thereby enhancing our capacity to meet operational needs.” Says Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff.
He also announced the efforts of the Air Force to complement the various stakeholders in the face of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by producing new masks and gloves, and fixing existing ones as well as ventilators. He said, “While in Port Harcourt, I also commissioned the NAFIL Tailoring Workshop, which is currently producing PPEs/face masks as intervention effort against COVID-19. This is in addition to our airlift support, production of oxygen from our Yola Plant and R&D [Research & Development] efforts for ventilators production.” For more details, please check the official Twitter page of both the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force.
In a related development, the first Nigerian Air Force Embraer A29 SuperTucano light attack aircraft successfully completes inaugural flight. This much was disclosed by Embraer, a Sao Paulo, Brazil based company. This will go in a long way to augment the air-to-surface assault against the deadly terrorist groups in the northern fringes of the country.