A modernised, Ukrainian-supplied Mi-35 being put together shortly after delivery to Nigeria, late in 2014
The following news report, corroborated by additional sightings by Beegeagle’s Blog spotters in the port city of Lagos, refers.
The specific reference to attack helicopters and to Belarus, assures me that deliveries of twelve Mi-35s expected from that country have started to arrive.
The higher level deliveries of components of the brand-new Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh Terminator attack and assault helics, if they have also commenced, almost certainly went straight to KANO (as has been the tradition since MiG 17s) and Kaduna.
It also confirms that the sightings of three BigFoot MRAPs by Beegeagle’s bloggers during the course of these past 48 hrs was indeed, accurate.
The APCs spotted along the Okene could have been BTR APCs or BMP-2 IFVs (given the reference to tanks) acquired from RUSSIA or Belarus.
The NAF are poised to take delivery of
– 12 used Mi-35 attack helicopters from Belarus
* 6 new Mi-35M attack helics from RUSSIA
* 12 new Mi-171Sh Terminator assault helics from RUSSIA
AND they are also receiving another stream of Mi-35s from Ukraine while 3-4 Mi-17s are expected from there.
XNur44 of established credibility has also alerted us to the fact the Mr President has given approval for the immediate replacement of all FOUR MiL attack helicopters lost to accidents since the May 2013 crash at Port Harcourt.
The summation of the foregoing suggests that the NAF shall receive a total of 37-40 units of modernised or factory fresh Mil assault/attack/transport helicopters wef 2015. So much so that TWO squadrons of attack helicopters are about to be formed.
For me, this is a dream haul…appreciable numbers and real potency. When the refurbished and modernised Hinds fully get delivered, we would have
* 20-24 off-the-shelf units of Mi-24V/Mi-35P attack helics
* 6-8 off-the-shelf units of Mi-17s
* 6 brand new
state-of-the-art Mi-35M attack helics
* 12 brand-new and state-of-the-art Mi-171Sh Terminator assault helicopters.
From the pool of modernised Hinds, let us endeavour to have a minimum of six units reconfigured to the potent Super Hind Mk.III variant by ATE of South Africa, preferably done at Port Harcourt.