A second Mi-171E helicopter has been acquired by the federal government from Serbia for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and it has already taken delivery of it
Russian made Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter that brought it touched down at NAF Base Makurdi at 3.15pm on Wednesday.
Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip, the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, received the new aircraft on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The Director of Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said a team of NAF personnel and technical support staff from the equipment vendor offloaded it.
On hand to ensure necessary documentation, were officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The Director of Information noted that the Mi-171E is the second aircraft purchased by the Buhari administration.
In total, Nigeria has acquired 23 new aircrafts since 2015.
“The new aircraft will undoubtedly boost NAF’s contributions in the fight against insurgency, armed banditry and other criminal activities in the country”, the spokesman added.
The Mi-171E is an advanced, multi-purpose helicopter produced by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a part of Russian Helicopters.
It can be deployed in search-and-rescue (SAR) missions, disaster response, forest fire-fighting and medical assistance.
The helicopter has two enhanced VK-2500-03 engines; each develops a take-off power of 2,400hp and contingency power of 2,700hp.
The chopper is equipped with Safir auxiliary power plant, upgraded transmissions, and internal fuel tanks.
The Mi-171E flies at a maximum speed of 250km/h, has an operational ceiling of 6,000m and can function in temperatures ranging between 50°C and -50°C.