The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted a Bell 412 helicopter into its fleet which is the second of the two handed over by the Government in 2017 after been impounded by customs. The first first helicopter was inducted into the NAF in Nov. 2017.
The helicopters 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.
Furthermore, adequate arrangements had been made to ensure the availability of spares and Ground Support Equipment for the Bell 412 Helicopters.