Nigerian Air Force to Bolster Defense Capabilities with Enlistment of T-129 ATAK Combat Helicopters and King Air 360i Aircraft

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to bolster its defense capabilities with the formal enlistment of newly acquired T-129 ATAK combat helicopters and King Air 360i aircraft into its weapons inventory. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, as announced by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet.

The T129 ATAK helicopter, known for its versatility and combat prowess, is poised to enhance Nigeria’s military capabilities with its deep strike, precision strike, and armed reconnaissance capabilities. Designed for operation in diverse environments, including day or night and any weather conditions, the T129 ATAK is expected to significantly augment Nigeria’s aerial combat readiness.

In addition to the T129 ATAK, the NAF will also incorporate the King Air 360i aircraft, specialized for special mission operations such as aerial surveys, air ambulance services, flight inspections, and surveillance. This addition to the NAF’s fleet represents a strategic investment in enhancing the air force’s operational capabilities across various mission profiles.

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The induction ceremony for these advanced aircraft will take place at the NAF Base in Makurdi, Benue State. The ceremony will be graced by the presence of dignitaries, with President Bola Tinubu expected to inaugurate the induction. Representing the President will be Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima, GCON.

In a statement, the NAF emphasized the significance of this milestone, highlighting the considerable boost it brings to Nigeria’s national defense capabilities. The acquisition of these new platforms underscores the commitment of the NAF to confront the various security challenges facing the nation, working jointly with sister services and other security agencies.

The introduction of the T-129 ATAK combat helicopters and King Air 360i aircraft marks a significant stride forward for the Nigerian Air Force in its mission to safeguard the nation’s territorial integrity and ensure peace and stability. As Nigeria continues to address evolving security threats, these advanced aircraft will play a crucial role in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of NAF operations, further solidifying the country’s defense posture in the region.

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