Nigerian Air Force has taken possession of two helicopters from the Presidential Air Fleet.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the directive on Monday ordered the release of two Augusta AW 101, VVIP helicopters.
Presenting the helicopters to NAF. the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, said the release was in with the promise made by Buhari during the campaign to reduce cost of governance across board.
He recalled that two aircraft, 1x AW109 helicopter and 1x King Air Beechcraft, had earlier been released to the NAF in 2015.
Monguno said, “AW 101 is a highly versatile helicopter used in both VIP civil and military applications.
“These two helicopters handed to the NAF today have ballistic defence capabilities and are equipped with defensive aid suites against certain forms of missile attacks.
“Mr president appreciated the need to enhance the airlift capacity of NAF to strengthen the efforts of the ongoing campaign against insurgency in different parts of the country.
“This is compatible with his philosophy to reduce the cost of governance and enhance capacity of our armed forces.”
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in his response thanked the President for the gesture.
According to him, “Like the two aircraft earlier handed to us, we intend to reconfigure these helicopters and deploy them for tactical airlift of troops and logistics in support of combat operations.
Prompt News recalls that President Buhari, recently gave approval for the sale of two aircrafts on the the PAF – the 2x Falcons 7x and the Hawker 4000.