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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Lun 22 Jan 2018 - 18:34

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Nigerian Air Force commissions second Bell 412 into service


Written by defenceWeb, Monday, 22 January 2018




A Nigerian Air Force Bell 412.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned into service the second and final Bell 412 helicopter previously impounded by customs, and reactivated a machine tools workshop.

The helicopter was commissioned in a ceremony on 19 January, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said in a statement.

As with the first helicopter, which was inducted into service on 1 November 2017, the aircraft’s major systems and its surveillance cameras had to be sent to the United States and Canada for overhaul and repair to be restored to airworthiness, having been in containers for about two years as at the time of the handover. The helicopter’s major systems were later reassembled at the NAF’s 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD) Ikeja by a combined team of foreign experts as well as NAF engineers and technicians.

The two helicopters were handed over to the NAF on 27 January 2017 after they were seized on 7 November 2016 when the importer could not produce end user certificates. They were originally destined for Rivers State to protect oil and gas facilities and were equipped with night vision equipment, armour plating and cameras. They were supposed to bypass import duties. The new helicopter will be deployed to the Northeast as part of the efforts to strengthen the counterterrorism campaign against Boko Haram.

Also on 19 January the NAF commissioned the newly reactivated Machine Tools Workshop at 631 ACMD. According to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the reactivation of the workshop, which was effectively operated last in the early 1980s, is in line with his vision of building the required capacity in the NAF. According to him, that is why the NAF had reactivated a similar workshop at 131 Engineering Group in Makurdi while another at 431 Engineering Group in Kaduna was being reactivated. H

The workshop was reactivated by NAF personnel in partnership with experts from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). Abubakar added that the reactivation was accomplished at a minimal cost compared with millions of dollars being quoted by foreign vendors.

20 NAF personnel have been nominated for the Intermediate Machine Tools Course to operate and maintain the equipment in the workshop. Abubakar said the reactivated machines could be used for structural repairs on the C-130 and the fabrication of some tools required for the day-to-day maintenance of the C-130.

Abubakar and General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), alongside other dignitaries, later inspected the ongoing Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of a C-130H at 631 ACMD Ikeja. The PDM is being facilitated by experts from Sabena Technics of France who are working with NAF engineers and technicians, as part of efforts at technical capacity building in the NAF.

“It is noteworthy that the decision to conduct the PDM locally has resulted in huge cost saving for the NAF. This is because freight costs, payment of estacode allowance, exorbitant overseas labour costs and other costs associated with ferrying the aircraft for PDM overseas, have been eliminated,” the NAF said.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 26 Jan 2018 - 17:22

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“Nigeria to protest US conditions on $494 million purchase of Super Tucanos
Written by Reuters, Friday, 26 January 2018
Nigeria will protest to the United States over conditions imposed on its planned $494 million (£345.6 million) purchase of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali said on Thursday.

Those conditions include the 2020 transfer date for the aircraft and that Nigerian technicians will not be trained by U.S. staff, be part of maintenance crews, nor can they study the production of the planes, he told reporters at a briefing in Abuja.

The sale of the planes has been dogged by controversy. Under Barack Obama, the former U.S. president, the aircraft deal had been held off due to concerns about the Nigerian military’s human rights abuses. In one instance, up to 170 people died last January after the air force bombed a refugee camp in the northeastern town of Rann.

But President Donald Trump’s administration approved the sale to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight Boko Haram militants and to boost U.S. defence jobs, sources told Reuters last April. In December, Nigeria’s air force said the deal had been formally agreed.

Dan Ali did not say whether the disagreement over the conditions would affect the air force’s Feb. 20 target for the final agreements to be signed and initial payments made.


“These conditions we will not accept,” he said.

“(Nigeria‘s) security council has approved the purchase of the aircrafts but some of the conditions America gave us are stringent. We will discuss reducing the conditions with the American ambassador, (and) payments will be made when the conditions are reduced.”

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Abuja did not immediately respond to phone calls or an email seeking comment.

The sale of the 12 aircraft, with weapons and service, includes thousands of bombs and rockets.

The propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance, surveillance and attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.

The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.”
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 16 Fév 2018 - 14:05

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Nigerian Air Force unveils new indigenous UAV

Written by Guy Martin, Friday, 16 February 2018




The Tsaigumi UAV.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has unveiled a new indigenously produced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Tsaigumi, which will be used to enhance the NAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony on 15 February attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who said “this outstanding accomplishment holds promise of both military and economic benefits to the nation. From the military perspective, the added capacity for ISR provided by Tsaigumi UAV would undoubtedly boost ongoing and future security operations”. He said series production would create employment and generate export revenue.

The Tsaigumi UAV was produced by NAF aerospace engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal. Capable of day and night operations, it has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15 000 feet and a mission radius of 100 km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 95 kg and its payload is an electro-optic/infra-red camera system.

The Nigerian Air Force on 4 October 2016 signed a memorandum of understanding with UAVision regarding the production of UAVs in Nigeria. At the time the NAF said the collaboration would lead to the production of four UAV prototypes with two each produced in Nigeria and Portugal.

Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, said on Thursday the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for many tasks, such as ISR, policing, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. In addition, it could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast. Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, said his state was willing and ready to procure the Tsaigumi from the NAF, once available.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the NAF would develop another UAV, called Ichoku, which would be Nigeria’s first indigenous unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

The NAF said the Tsaigumi UAV is a much more advanced and operationally ready version of the earlier Amebo and Gulma prototype UAVs. The indigenously produced Gulma was unveiled in December 2013 and was produced by the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) with the help of aerospace engineers from Cranfield University in Britain. Since 2007, the British institution partnered the AFTI as part of the Nigerian government's bid to develop an in-house capacity for advanced aviation design, research and development.

Nigeria has previously relied on foreign UAVs, and acquired nine Aerostars from Israel’s Aeronautics Defence Systems (ADS) between 2006 and 2007 and several armed CH-3 UAVs from China, which have been used against Boko Haram militants.

After Buhari unveiled the Tsaigumi he also examined other NAF research and development projects, including a Hind helicopter hydraulic accumulator diaphragm, aviation power pack, unmanned ground vehicle and F4 rocket launcher heat shield cone.

Also on display was a mockup/fuselage component of the NAFSA Eagle eight passenger multirole aircraft. The NAF said it was locally designed and is being manufactured at the Air Force Research and Development Centre to fulfil a variety of roles in the NAF.

It is being developed in partnership with US manufacturer Comp Air Aviation after an agreement was signed in January 2017 with the NAF. Comp Air Aviation (formerly Aerocomp) is based in Florida and specialises in the production of a family of composite kit-built aircraft ranging in size from four to ten seats and powered by engines from 180 to 1 880 hp.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 9 Mar 2018 - 15:02

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Nigerian Navy to receive two more Ocea patrol boats

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The NNS Nguru.The Nigerian Navy will soon receive two new FPB 110 patrol boats from France’s Ocea, which has completed sea trials of the vessels and will load them onto a freighter for Nigeria.

The vessels are expected to depart Saint-Nazaire, France, later this month, according to Mer et Marine.

In February 2017 it emerged that Nigeria had ordered two FPB 110 Mk II coastal patrol vessels. They are 35 metres long and have a maximum speed of 30 knots. They will be fitted with two 12.7 mm machineguns and a 20 mm cannon and a 4.7 metre long Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB). The weapons will be added in Nigeria. Other equipment includes two Furuno radars and a Vigy Observer electro-optical system.

Nigeria’s FPB 110s are based on the models produced for Kuwait, but are driven by propellers and not water jets. They are apparently also more comfortable for the crew, with improved accommodation. The two vessels, Nguru and Ekulu, can accommodate 17 people, including a dozen crew members.

The boats are powered by two MTU 16V2000 diesel engines giving a top speed of 30 knots and a range of 900 miles with 3-5 day endurance.

Once delivered, they will be used to improve maritime security off Nigeria, with an emphasis on piracy and maritime crime.

Ocea has delivered a number of other vessels to Nigeria, including three 24 metre long FPB 72s in 2012 and a 32 metre FPB 98 Mk II in 2013. Five FPB 72s have been ordered, with two, the Gongola and Calabar, delivered to Nigeria in January this year after the Shiroro and Ose arrived in 2017. The final FPB 72 will be delivered along with the two FPB 110s.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Jeu 15 Mar 2018 - 14:25

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Russia delivered jets, tanks and missiles to Africa in 2017
Written by defenceWeb, Wednesday, 14 March 2018
During 2017 Russia exported some $15 billion worth of weapons around the world. This included African nations, which received an array of equipment from fighter jets to ballistic missiles – Africa accounted for 13% of Russian arms sales over the last five years.

According to Russia’s Kommersant newspaper, and confirmed at a meeting of the Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on 5 March, Russia in 2017 received orders for $16 billion worth of defence equipment, bringing Russia’s order book to $45 billion. Most equipment went to China, India and Vietnam, which ordered helicopters, engines, and vessels.

A number of African countries took delivery of military hardware from Russia last year, such as long-time customer Algeria. It received the last six of 14 Su-30MKA fighters; six more Mi-28NE attack helicopters (42 were ordered in 2013) and T-90SA tanks (out of an order for 200).

Although not mentioned by the Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation, Algeria has also recently acquired TOS-1 rocket launchers and Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles and ordered BMPT Terminator tank support vehicles from Russia, while it is expecting delivery of Kilo class submarines.

Algeria’s receipt of four Iskander-E short range ballistic missiles was confirmed. The system has a range of around 300 km with a 480 kg warhead (fragmentation, blast fragmentation or penetration warheads). Each launch vehicle carries two missiles and each missile regiment includes around thirty vehicles (launchers, loaders, command, logistics vehicles etc.). Algeria is the second export customer for the system after Armenia.

Egypt is another important African customer, and in 2017 began receiving the first of 46 MiG-29M/M2 fighters that were ordered in December 2015 – 15 were delivered last year. Egypt also received 19 Ka-52 attack helicopters, out of an order for 46 for the Egyptian Air Force. The country has yet to decide on ordering the navalised Ka-52K for the Egyptian Navy’s Mistral class landing helicopter docks (LHDs).

Although not mentioned by the Commission, Russia last year also began delivering S-300VM missiles to Egypt and AT-9 and AT-16 anti-tank missiles for its Ka-52s. It has expressed interest in T-90 tanks and Buyan class corvettes.

Other deliveries to the continent in 2017 included a single Mi-17V-5 to Kenya (for its police); two Mi-35Ms to Nigeria (out of 12 ordered in September 2015); two Mi-35Ms to Mali (apparently two more are on order for delivery by 2019) and the first of 18 refurbished Su-30Ks to Angola (originally the order was for 12 but another six ex-Indian Air Force examples have been added).

Another contract that was confirmed was for two Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) air defence systems for Equatorial Guinea. This is armed with twelve 57E6 surface-to-air guided missiles and two 2A38M30-millimetre automatic guns developed from the two-barreled 30mm GSh-30 gun.

Not mentioned by the Commission was an order announced in August last year for two Mi-171Sh armed helicopters for Burkina Faso’s military.

According to Kommersant, Russia expects its 2018 order book to be roughly the same as last year, although possibly a bit lighter due to American sanctions.

"Russia matches high standards and confirms its status of one of the leading providers on the world weapons market," Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week. "The scope of our military-technical cooperation keeps growing in geographic terms steadily. The number of partners has already exceeded one hundred countries."

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia is the second largest arms exporter after the United States, with a 22% share of the market between 2013 and 2017, compared to the US share of 34%. Third on the list is France with a 6.7% share.

Russian exports of major weapons decreased by 7.1% between 2008–12 and 2013–17, SIPRI said. “The fall was largely due to reductions in deliveries to some of its main recipients. Deliveries to Algeria and China, for example, continued throughout 2013–17 but were at lower levels than the previous five-year period. Weapons remain on order from Russia for both countries. In addition, while Russia made significant deliveries to Venezuela in 2013, deliveries dropped to nil for the period 2015–17.

“Russia has fewer arms export destinations than the USA. In 2013–17 Russia delivered major weapons to 47 states and to rebel forces in Ukraine. A total of 58% of Russia’s arms exports went to its top three recipients in 2013–17: India, China and Vietnam accounted for 35, 12 and 10%, respectively. At the regional level, Asia and Oceania accounted for 66% of Russian arms exports in 2013–17, Africa for 13%, the Middle East for 11%, Europe for 6.2% and the Americas for 4.2%,” SIPRI said.”

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Ven 16 Mar 2018 - 11:29

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51062:germany-donates-patrol-boats-to-nigeria&catid=108:maritime-security&Itemid=233
“Germany donates patrol boats to Nigeria
Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 16 March 2018
Germany has donated five patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy, which will use them to patrol Lake Chad.

The boats were handed over on 13 March by Consul General of the German Embassy, Ingo Herbert, to Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral James Oluwole at Onne, Rivers State.

Herbert said the boats would be used to combat insurgency – Boko Haram terrorists have previously staged attacks in the vicinity of Lake Chad and have largely managed to elude Nigerian military patrols.

“The five boats are part of the greater initiatives of Germany in enhancing the peace and security of partner governments. The focus is to support partner countries in the fight against terrorism,” Herbert is quoted by This Day as saying. “These boats will not only primarily contribute in your fight in the North-east, but also to fight illegal fishing, oil theft and other maritime crimes.

“Especially when you consider how important the maritime traffic is, with more than 90% of all growth worldwide really using maritime to reach their goals, it is very important to keep the maritime environment free of criminal elements.

“A very important aspect of this donation is that the boats are built in Nigeria. So it is actually a co-operation and has full local content.”

The five boats were built by Nigeria’s Epenal Group shipyard in Port Harcourt. They are 8.2 metres long and have a glass-reinforced plastic hull able to accommodate up to seven people. They are powered by two 250 hp Yamaha outboard engines and armed with 12.7 mm machineguns and automatic grenade launchers. Top speed is 35-40 knots.

Epenal has delivered a number of boats to the Nigerian Navy – 60 of the 8.2 metre boats have been delivered over the last year, and Epenal delivered 16 refurbished boats to eh Navy in November 2017.

After the boats were handed over, German officials were taken through some of the creeks in the Niger Delta, during which Nigerian Navy personnel arrested five suspected oil thieves and boats loaded with illegally refined fuel.

“I am glad that the German Government through the donation we made today to the Nigerian Navy could assist the Nigerian Government to deal with this kind of situations. I saw the vast area, the challenges with regard to the ecological system, to the people and the challenge to restore the Rule of Law and security. I appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Navy,” Herbert said.”


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Mer 28 Mar 2018 - 14:20

http://www.janes.com/article/78899/nigeria-to-manufacture-polish-assault-rifles
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Nigeria to manufacture Polish assault rifles
Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
28 March 2018

The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) holding company and Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) signed a letter of intent on 26 March covering the production of Beryl M762 assault rifles in Nigeria, the rifle’s manufacturer Fabryka Broni announced.
Signed by PGZ president Jakub Skiba and DICON director general Major General Bamidele Ogunkale, the memorandum determines three phases of technology transfer: initial assembling, partial manufacturing, and finally full production of the assault rifles at the Ordnance Factory Complex in Kaduna.
It was not announced how many rifles will be produced in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s 2017 federal budget proposal allocated NGN364 million (USD1 million) and NGN390 million respectively to establish production lines for the Beryl M762 and AK-47 assault rifles, the latter possibly being a reference to the OBJ-006, a Kalashnikov derivative unveiled by DICON in 2006.
The Beryl M762 is an export variant of the Polish military’s 5.56 mm Beryl wz. 96C service rifle that is chambered in 7.62×39 mm. It has accessory rails, uses standard AK-47 magazines, and has a fire selector with single shot, three-round burst, and full-automatic modes.”


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Lun 14 Mai 2018 - 13:59

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“Nigerian Air Force receives additional Mi-35Ms
Written by defenceWeb, Thursday, 03 May 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of another two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, bringing the total delivered to four, out of twelve on order.

The two aircraft were delivered aboard an Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft, which arrived at NAF Base Makurdi on 30 April. The helicopters are partially disassembled, with their main and tail rotors removed for transit.

“The newly delivered helicopters, which are capable of night fighting, are all brand new and are the most sophisticated in the Mi-series of helicopter gunships,” the NAF said, and will boost Nigeria’s counter-insurgency capabilities. The NAF has been conducting regular airstrikes against Boko Haram positions in the northeast of the country. It said the helicopters will go a long way in adding impetus to 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.

Nigeria’s Federal Government ordered 12 Mi-35Ms in September 2015, with the first two being delivered in December 2016, and inducted into service in April the following year. Since then, the NAF said they have been contributing significantly to the counterinsurgency and other internal security operations in the country.

Some NAF personnel have undergone training in Russia, as pilots and technicians on the Mi-35M, as part of the contract.

The Mi-35M is powered by two Klimov VK-2500 turbo-shaft engines. It has an updated navigation and avionics suite which features multi-function coloured displays and target sighting systems, including a thermal imager and laser rangefinder. Apart from the attack role, the Mi-35M can be used for landing or transporting up to 8 fully-equipped soldiers.”


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Mar 12 Juin 2018 - 17:11

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Nigerian Air Force makes airworthy another EC-135, locally overhauls Mi-35P


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A Nigerian Mi-35P attack helicopter.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken back into service an EC-135 light helicopter after maintenance, and has completed the first local overhaul of an Mi-35P attack helicopter.

The NAF on 9 June said the overhauled Mi-35P was received in a ceremony held at the NAF’s 115 Special Operations Group (SOG) in Port Harcourt. “The Mi-35P Helicopter was one of the critical air assets being employed in the counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast before it was grounded, having become due for scheduled overhaul,” the NAF said.

Also restored to serviceability was an EC-135 which became unserviceable in March 2018 as it needed an engine change. The reactivation work on both helicopters was carried out in the hangar of 115 SOG by NAF engineers and technicians, who worked closely with some foreign technical partners.

Speaking during the acceptance ceremony, the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated that the two newly reactivated helicopters would augment the number of air assets available for counterinsurgency operations and other Internal Security operations in the country. He also expressed appreciation to the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for his vision of undertaking the Life Extension Programme (LEP) of the Mi-35P locally and for authorizing timely release of resources to achieve the objective. According to him, it was the first time the LEP of the Mi-35P Helicopter would be locally accomplished, a feat that had not only resulted in costs savings but also enhanced the capacity of NAF technical crews. He then disclosed that a similar major maintenance work had commenced on another Mi-35P.

“The work, which began on 27 February 2017, sets a new beginning for the NAF along its journey to a culture of self-reliance”, Abubakar stated.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Mer 13 Juin 2018 - 18:23




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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Nigériane / Nigerian Armed Forces   Mar 17 Juil 2018 - 13:43

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52404:nigerian-air-force-acquisitions-revealed-in-budget&catid=35:Aerospace&Itemid=107

“Nigerian Air Force acquisitions revealed in budget
Written by Oscar Nkala, Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The Nigerian government has approved a part-payment of $47 million towards the Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF’s) procurement of three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

According to the 2018 Federal Appropriation Bill that was approved by President Buhari on 20 June, the JF-17 aircraft will be acquired together with relevant spares, support equipment and accessories. The budget lists a new amount of N17 billion ($47 million) as part payment for three JF-17s, support equipment and spares as well as N12 billion ($33 million) for the existing procurement of three JF-17s. In 2016 Nigeria budgeted $25 million for the JF-17 purchase.

Nigeria may buy more JF-17s at a later date, and may have only budgeted for an initial three, with more funding possibly allocated later.

The government has also set aside nearly N6 billion ($19 million) for the procurement of two new AW109 helicopters from Italian aircraft manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters.

The budget also includes provision for periodic depot maintenance of a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, as well as periodic depot maintenance of two Alpha Jets.

In addition, the government has set aside N3 billion ($8 million) for the procurement of various aircraft spares, and various arms and ammunition that include ammunition for fighter jets and attack helicopters.

The budget also provides for the construction and equipment of a standard aircraft maintenance hangar at the Bauchi Special Operations Command base as well as upgrades and rehabilitation of existing military infrastructure at various air bases around the country.

The Nigerian acquisition of the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter jets is part of an ongoing fleet modernisation programme that includes the procurement of eight Russian-made Mi-35M attack helicopters and up to 12 A-29 Super Tucano close air support aircraft from the US.

The NAF is expecting three more pre-owned, serviceable A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Brazil. The aircraft were manufactured by Brazilian aerospace company Embraer Defence and Security.

The new aircraft are expected to boost the operational capabilities of the air force in its fight against militancy and the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east.”

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