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Nigerian Air Force to get more AW109 helicopters

11 December 2018

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to receive six Leonardo AW109 helicopters, Nigerian Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said during a visit to Kano Air Base on 8 December.

The delivery timeline for the new aircraft was not provided.

AM Abubakar referred to the new helicopters as AW109 Power gunships, suggesting they will be the AW109M, the militarised version of the AW109E that can be armed with heavy machine gun pods and 70 mm rocket launchers.

The NAF already fields the AW109LUH, which appears to have been rebranded as AW109M by Leonardo. This type has been used in combat operations against militants in northeast Nigeria, as well as for tactical training of future NAF helicopter pilots.

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