The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been working on expanding its fleet to counter the Boko Haram terrorist organization.
The NAF has reportedly refurbished 13 aircraft, some of which have already performed combat sorties.
According to the NAF Chief of Air Staff, the air force would soon enhance its operational capabilities with the delivery of 10 more aircraft including four Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, three ex-Brazilian Super Tocano light attack aircraft, and three Pakistani JF-17s.
Nigeria’s Super Tucano acquisition has been surrounded by doubt though, as the US apparently refused to let Brazil sell the aircraft to Nigeria citing the military’s bad human rights record.
Commenting on the issue, the NAF Chief of Air Staff said he did not foresee any problems since there are existing counter-terrorism collaborations between the two countries.
The NAF chief also added that 10 Super Mushshak trainers that were recently ordered from the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) would be delivered in the medium term.