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Nigerian Army Launches New Aircraft



Nigerian Army Launches New Aircraft

The Nigerian Army (NA) has launched new aircraft sets, adding to its fleet, News About Nigeria reports. 

The two aircraft, BELL UH 1-H, were formally handed over to the Nigerian Army at a ceremony held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday in Abuja.

The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, while receiving the aircraft, noted that the procurement of the aircraft BELL UH 1-H is part of the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to enhance the defence capabilities and improve the operational effectiveness of the armed forces of Nigeria.

He noted that the aircraft were acquired to enhance their operational effectiveness, adding that this is the first batch and another batch will follow suit soon.

The aircraft were acquired following a partnership with reputable stakeholders in the defence and security industry for the procurement of requisite equipment and platforms for the army.

Lagbaja also pledged to modernise the aviation portfolio and personnel of the Nigerian Army, adding that he will integrate advanced training and unmanned operations in various ways across the country.

He also disclosed that the Army will take delivery of these fleets today in Abuja.

He further stated that this has marked a significant milestone in the development of the Nigerian Army’s capacity to provide air support to ground operations.

The Nigerian Army is currently setting up its aviation branch with plans to acquire modernised manned helicopters for autonomous platforms by such groups as the Textron Aerosonde UAS, and Ziyan UAS Blowfish, thus, giving pilots greater standoff from enemy threats.