Federal Govt to Acquire Dozen New Attack Aircraft For Nigerian Army

President Bola Tinubu has approved payment for the procurement of 12 attack helicopters for the Nigerian Army.

This comes as Nigeria battles various armed groups and in the wake of several military helicopter crashes.
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the maiden Nigerian Army Aviation Seminar, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the 12 MD 530F Cayuse attack helicopters would operationalise the Nigerian army aviation unit, which was set up to improve ground troops’ agility, responsiveness, and efficacy during operations.
The COAS added that it would also contribute to the overall operational success of joint and coalition troops.
Mr Lagbaja explained that the army aviation was generally separate from a nation’s dedicated air force, but usually equipped with helicopters and light support fixed-wing aircraft.
He appreciated the president for buying into the aspiration of the Nigerian army to have an equipped aviation unit, which would  support ground troops as they focus on tactical and operational engagements.
According to him, the experiences of nations like the United States, Pakistan, Colombia, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda are instructive in this area.

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