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.