Enter NAF 261

The noteworthy issue here is the fact that the NAF appear to have shifted from the NAF 52*-NAF 53* serials which characterised earlier deliveries of Mi-24V and Mi-35P attack helicopters from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in 2000, 2008 and 2010, and gone on to an unfamiliar NAF 26* scheme of serials.


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  1. Deltaman says:

    Oga Beeg, image might be corrupted, bottom half isn’t loading.

  2. Henry says:

    Oga beeg, Image is corrupt.

    • maz says:

      Most likely these are new acquisitions from Ex Ukraine AF stocks which might explain the new serials. Is this a new line of serials or is it recycled from older aircraft?

  3. jimmy says:

    It would most def imply that new stocks are arriving and the NAF wants to distinguish them from other existing stocks and could mean NAF260-270s.

  4. Obix says:


    Nigeria gets from Ukraine Mi-24 helicopters 🙂

    Following the purchase of T-72AV and BTR-4E from the Ukraine in 2014, Nigeria, apparently acquires former Ukrainian Mi-24 combat helicopters.
    Nigerian web resource 2 January 2015 published a picture of the two Nigeria Air Force modernization Super Hind Mk III -Mi-24 combat helicopters ,project of the South African company Advanced Technologies and Engineering.

    Serial works on modernization of the Mi-24 Super Hind options are carried out on contract by the Ukrainian State Enterprise “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant” Aviacon “(Konotop, Sumy region). In 1999-2004, Konotop factory for the Algerian Air Force, upgraded 33 former Ukrainian Mi-24V to the Super Hind Mk III version, and in 2010-2011 – for the Azerbaijani Air Force 12 former Ukrainian Mi-24K to the Super Hind Mk IV (upgraded Azerbaijani helicopters received the designation Mi-24G).

    Two Mi-24 passing upgrading to Super Hind version , were seen in the factory floor of “Aviacon” on October 16, 2014. The color of these helicopters is easily seen, was similar machines with photos, so apparently it’s the same two helicopters. Judging by the video footage from the plant personnel during the visit, the two helicopters equipped with modernized ATGM South African Denel ZT3 Ingwe – similarly to the Algerian Super Hind machines . Thus, Nigeria became the third recipient country of upgraded Super Hind helicopters

    Along with the delivery of two upgraded helicopters Nigeria Super Hind, Ukraine, apparently is sending to Nigeria non-modernized Mi-24 attack helicopter series from her stock. In mid-December 2014 in the Kiev region , a Photo was made of a Mi-24B with Nigeria Air Force markings and the number NAF-261 (never before sighted). The helicopter is painted in “desert” camouflage similar to both the Nigerian Super Hind. This machine, apparently also went through a pre-sale refurbishment at the “Aviacon” factory in Konotop.

    • beegeagle says:

      Indeed…ya hand dey show. You do a man’s job out there. Well done.

    • asorockweb says:

      Thanks Obix.

      Based on the pictures shown in the link above, it then means that the upgrades were done in Ukraine, and NOT in SA.

      If the pictures were taken in the “Aviacon” plant, and the pictures are of the Nigerian super-hinds, then the upgrades were carried out in Ukraine.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Obix, nice weblink information.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Colonel General Obix on the Urals and Caucasus!! You took the time to translate all of that precis? Many, many thanks. Your hands are indeed on the plough. KINDLY post the weblink and translation in the Super Hind thread. Gracias.

    Some military-savvy Algerian brothers have been attacking me off this board using long winded rants…just for posting those Super Hind photos. They said the Super Hinds were theirs and went on and on to say how the underbellies of our own Hinds are blue and theirs are grey BUT could not tell me why NONE of FIVE photos of Algerian Super Hinds had the same desert camo scheme as the Nigerian-owned ones in the photo I posted.

    This is even as the desert camo on this NAF 261 and the two Super Hinds are identical. I reaffirmed the integrity and credibility of my near-impeccable source and stood by my story. This is not the kind of info which pedestrians and wannabes are privy to.

    Apparently though, Algeria and Nigeria undertake MiL refurbishment and upgrades at AVIACON. That is the kind of militarily serious, audacious and business-like company which we should be keeping. See what pacing ourselves using the rather lowly aspirations of our neighbourhood led us into at H-Hour.

    We MUST stop fixating on what Togo and Cameroon operate or do not operate and look to sterner operators such as Angola and Algeria, both of whose Su-30s are within striking distance of our territory. Enough of setting our military bar too low. That is why BH dared at all. Enough of flawed threat assessments and low aspirations.

    • saleh says:

      True its cool to look ahead and be at par with more serious air forces however it is necessary we consider countries at our doorstep too. they are more likely to be a threat than Algeria and Angola

  6. beegeagle says:

    That does not mean aiming for parity with the countries at our doorstep. To be a true domino, you need to be steps ahead. Is it a smart threat assessment which has us flying A-Jet alongside Cameroon and Togo as our defacto lead jet? That is absurd. Please, we need to take matters beyond them.

    DOMINANCE and not parity should be our goal…

  7. beegeagle says:

    As the thread title conveyed in its precise wording, the Super Hind upgrades were undertaken by ‘a South African firm’. It does not follow that the upgradation took place in South Africa.

    What is almost certain is that vendor probably have a twinning arrangement with ATE of South Africa whereby their upgrade packages are jointly marketed while the work gets done by ATE personnel, be those internationals or locals. Ukraine is a busier arms market than South Africa is.

    AUTOKRAZ, more famous for their very rugged lorries, also have a similar arrangement with STREIT GROUP whereby the same Spartan Mk.3 APC which is produced in the UAE, also now gets produced in Ukraine by AutoKraz.

    • asorockweb says:

      Not contesting the information or the title.

      My initial thought when I saw the color scheme of the Naija Super-hinds was that the two gunships were the same ones that we have the pictures of while they were being offloaded from the cargo plane somewhere in Nigeria.

      It’s easy to see now that the super-hinds are separate and apart from the mi-35 gunships that have already been delivered.

      I hope the Ukrainian don’t confiscate these for their own war.

  8. ugobassey says:

    Nigeria currently has a 2:1 ratio over Cameroon and Chad but I agree with Oga Beegs, we should dominate on all platforms with emphasis on ‘Dominate’.

  9. Oje says:

    A two to one ratio with enough combat experience is enough. Nigerian pilots have constantly tested combat, in fact no other Sub Saharan military has the kind of extensive combat experience like the Nigerian military. Forget Cameroon and Chad, when push comes to shove we go know.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Oje, let’s not overrate ourselves. NAF has no experience of air to air combat and combat against ground missile defences, NA has no experience of tank vs tank or artillery vs artillery, NN has no experience of ship vs ship or submarine warfare.

      We have experience against rebels and insurgents and we are the best in that area for sub-Sahara, Algeria has won her own insurgency war.

      Nigeria should buy missiles, submarines, frigates, 4th generation jets, 3rd generation tanks and engage in big land-sea-air exercises like operation sea dog of 1985 that exposed our armed forces communication weaknesses in battle theatre.

      Let’s stop overrating ourselves like super eagles defending champion that failed to qualify for cup of nations.

      If Nigeria is not excellently prepared, Chad can hold us to stalemate in war.

  10. gbash10 says:

    Fellow cyber generals,the NAF flew the chinese-built CH-3 drone over North Bank area of Makurdi town today morning.I believe they are trying to familiarise themselves with the drone,I have been seeing night flight from TAC but was not sure whether it was the drone until today.However,the drones make too much noise.

    • Are James says:

      This is very good news. Thanks. All drones are noisy but hard to detect at height and completely invisible at night.

      • Augustine says:

        Why is our own Gulma drone a disappointment? No Amebo drone, no Gulma drone, no Icheokwu glider drone. How did we lose out?

  11. gbash10 says:

    The drone looks like an eagle in the sky,thats what people are saying here.Our people say “if you want to start eating frog meat,you should start with a BIG ONE ” the NAF should move on to acquire the Predator look-alike Wing Loong UCAV.

    • solorex says:

      I believe two types of Drones were acquired (or two variation of the same drone)-One basically for Recon/Surveillance/gun laying ( particularly) the high caliber rockets and a few ones for for Strike purposes. I am surprised about them been “noisy”- maybe its because of low altitude training- They not meant to be noisy. One version will likely not be operated by NAF but NA.

      I think story in Baga is bad-shiny toys in the devils hands!

      • Are James says:

        Annoying news Baga.

      • jimmy says:

        It will get worse,before it gets better,remember it is always darkest before dawn.This is a cluster of things that could go wrong and as much as there is a knee jerk reaction for the DHQ to issue a statement until they get all the facts in nobody should say a dammn thing.Baga has international implications for both Chad and Nigeria short term Nigeria will pay a heavy price for her too trusting nature,long term Chad will pay a heavier price. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • solorex says:

        There are new technologies that can protect Very modern toys from been used even when they fall to un-intended hands. You could send a lock down signal from afar and ensure that Microprocessor based sections would not respond. You could also consider manual disabling by removal and destruction of Modular brain boxes in the face of defeat or capture. You simply capture and IFV or MBT but it wont start move! I think we should start considering these stuffs when we deploy expensive new hardware on enemy prone territory.

        We should also consider quickening the revamping of Army Aviation-so that Army can provide air support to their formation without need to result to NAF. let the Army have two dozen helicopter and half a dozen fixed wings to provide bespoke CAS in emergency. Army drones should quickly be inducted for 12 hour a day circumferential surveillance and MLRS should be in such prone bases to serve as dispersing agent at safe distance. Radio operated mines should also be considered to slow down ligthning attacks.

  12. Augustine says:

    Have they found our 18 missing female soldiers? I don’t know how true the story is. I have always said NA should not put our women in battle zones, where are the men in Nigeria ? Please don’t put Nigerian female soldiers in red zones where Boko Haram can easily capture and turn them into wives by force.

  13. Manny Aydel says:

    @ Oga Augustine, I second that!

  14. jimmy says:
    Here is more corroboration from one of the comments down below it is from a well known blogger called MATTHYS who incidentally is not a Nigerian but corroborates the fact it was done by ATE.
    I try to remain detached but it becoming very profound to me that as SLOWLY as Nigeria gets her act together some Countries honestly are really uncomfortable, oga Beegs I would of thought our ALGERIAN brothers? would of said right on! about time! it seems to me being King of the hill is not enough why am I naive?
    Nigeria is Fighting a war that has to end in Victory not in ” No victor , no vanquished” this will not be a tidy war and yet as SLOWLY BUT SURELY other COUNTRIES begin to realize that the better.
    I have wanted to say something about Chad and Niger but because of ongoing battles decisions being made and a large idps in both Chad and Niger I have kept quiet.
    OGA AUGUSTINE. I am not trying to be condescending but the first female officer in the Nigerian Army was inducted 1961 (54 years ago). One of my Aunties fought in the Civil war on the Federal side and served faithfully up to the time of BUHARI and IDIAGBON no shaking.
    Nigerian female soldiers if they want to rise to the top ranks as has been the current case should be allowed to get there by earning it the hard way just like men in combat and leadership, we cannot be sexist here if your sister or cousin joins the NA OR NAF should she be “dropped” from opportunities because she might get hurt / killed/ captured should that be criteria? shouldn’t the criteria be that of competency?
    Finally one of the well respected officers in the Nigerian Army (CAPTAIN) is heavily involved in the K-9 UNIT She has already been profiled on this blog hunting down boko haram suspects and detecting their Caches, It also is very important that we have women in the INTEL UNITS AND ATTACHED TO COMBAT TROOPS because BH is increasingly turning to women as suicide Bombers and as weapon couriers .This war requires women in the NA, NAF and especially in INTEL.

  15. Oje says:

    Islamic radicals are pervs. They want virgins when they die, before they die they kidnap innocent women and marry u de age girls, that’s some twisted sexual appetite if you ask me.

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