Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted a new Bell 412 helicopter into its fleet which is one of the two handed over by the Government earlier this year after been impounded by customs.
The induction ceremony was attended by Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Air Staff of NAF. He said that the NAF had already trained its pilots, engineers and technicians to operate and maintain the new helicopter.
The helicopter comes with a surveillance camera and has night capability, and will be deployed to the country’s Northeast for counter terrorism operations against Boko Haram..
The two helicopters were in containment for about two years at the time of the handover. The major systems of the helicopters and the surveillance cameras had to be sent to the USA and Canada for overhaul and repairs to restore their airworthiness.
The helicopter’s major systems were later reassembled at the NAF’s 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD) Ikeja. The NAF has partnered with Africair on the maintenance, repair and support.
The second Bell 412 Helicopter is still undergoing reactivation at 631 ACMD and would be inducted into the NAF immediately after reactivation. Furthermore, adequate arrangements had been made to ensure the availability of spares and Ground Support Equipment for the Bell 412 Helicopters.