A Malaysian example of a weaponised Agusta A109 helicopter
Published on August 24, 2015
Two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) sect have been intercepted and destroyed by the Nigerian Air Force Agusta helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Air Commodore Dele Alonge Director of Public Relations & Information Nigerian Air Force said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the NAF spokesperson, the trailers were covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.
Alonge also informed that the recent air operation against Boko Haram targets was commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar from NAF reconnaissance aircraft, the King Air 350i.
“The CAS coordinated the various NAF platforms involved in the operation to provide close air support to ground forces, led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala,” said Alonge.
He also revealed that NAF 260, a Mi-24V attack helicopter was hit during the operation, leading to a damage of one of the main rotor blades. He however added that the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land.
He added that the affected aircraft has since been repaired and is back to the theater of operation.