The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will inaugurate two MI-35M combat helicopters as part of activities lined-up for its 54th anniversary celebration on May 4 and May 5 in Kaduna respectively
The Chairman, Organising Committee for the anniversary, AVM Charles Ohwo, disclosed this at a news conference held in Abuja. He said that the anniversary which doubled as the 2018 NAF Day Celebration would hold at the Air Force Base in Kaduna.
He said the theme of the anniversary is “Enhancing Nigerian Air Force Operational Capability for Employment of Air Power in Response to Security Challenges”.
The chairman said that the main focus of the Nigerian Air Force “is to consolidate on the gains of employment of air power, especially at this critical stage in our nation’s history.
He encouraged the public and citizens of Kaduna not to panic because of the movement of air platforms that would take place during the period.
NAF earlier today took delivery of the two MI-35M combat helicopters at its Tactical Air Command in Makurdi. Receiving the helicopters at the Tactical Air Command Flight Line in Makurdi, the Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, said they were acquired by the Federal Government to enhance security operations in the country. Abubakar, who was represented by the NAF Chief of Aircraft Engineering, AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, disclosed that the aircraft were delivered into the country by a team of Russian experts who would also assemble the machines.
The air chief explained that the entire country was disturbed by the ongoing security challenges, assuring that the helicopters would enhance security efficiency in the country. According to him, the helicopters would assist the force in checkmating the activities of bandits especially within the North- Central region of Nigeria.(NAN)