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Nigeria will receive remaining 10 Mi-35M in 2018
September 20, 2017
Brazilian Air Force Mi-35 attack helicopter. Photo credit: Russian Helicopters

Nigeria will receive remaining 10 Mi-35M in 2018

Having officially inducted two Mi-35M attack helicopters in April, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will receive the remaining 10 of its 12 Mi-35M on order in 2018.

The information was provided to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti by Anatoly Punchuk, the Deputy Director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation,

Earlier reports, originating from Sputnik News, erroneously translated Punchuk’s statements to state that the NAF received two Sukhoi Su-30 in 2017 and would receive 10 in 2018 (note: Quwa has removed its previous article on this issue).

In terms of fast jets, Nigeria budgeted $15.88 million U.S. in 2016 for three JF-17 multi-role fighters from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). In the 2017 budget proposal, $68.76 million is listed for “platform acquisitions … for counter air, counter surface, air ops for strategic effect and air support operations.”

The NAF is also seeking 12 Embraer-Sierra Nevada Corp. A-29 Super Tucano close air support (CAS) aircraft for counterinsurgency (COIN) missions.

  • Superior Shakeel

    Bilal When are we going to receive ours?
    Has deal even been signed yet if yes then it’s a heck of a delay for just 4 choppers not liking the slow delivery and shoddy attitude by Russian firms already.

    We need attack choppers like right now we are flying age old choppers who are worn almost to the hilt and thus risking our troops.

    • By end of 2017. It took Nigeria 18-24 months to receive their first batch too.

      • Nayyar Azam Saifi

        I read somewhere you have written that Pakistan will might procure the Mil-Mi35 in small batches on cash. Is this means that all the deliveries will be delayed as this one?
        Actually i have no idea how these deals work.

        • Yes it seems the Mi-35s are being bought with cash from the operating budget (instead of procurement outlay. I’m not sure how long subsequent orders will take, but one way to get around it might be to stipulate optional aircraft. That way, the seller would have to account for a possible follow-on order when scheduling work.

          • U

            Do we know the exact model on order by Pakistan? Is it Mi35 M or P ?

          • Mi-35P.

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