NIGERIAN ARMY AVIATION WING: CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF CHARGES STUDENT PILOTS TO BE READY FOR ACTION

WorldStage Newsonline
25 June 2015

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Kenneth Minimah has charged Nigerian Army student pilots to be ready to work and live with troops wherever operational exigency demands without any thought of leaving their chosen line of flying combat helicopters.

According to a statement, the COAS gave the charge while addressing student pilots undergoing helicopter flying training at the International Helicopter Flying School, Enugu.

In his words “You should all be ready to at all times live and work with troops wherever operational exigency demands.You should also banish all thoughts of leaving your chosen line of flying combat helicopters. The Nigerian Army will not train you and afterwards allow you to branch out to other arms or services on flimsy excuses.”

Speaking during his assessment visit to the 10 Nigerian Army student officers at the School, the COAS stated that he was pleased to hear that the students were doing well and encouraged them to put in their utmost best in all written and practical aspects of the course to ensure their graduation. He informed the students that they will form the nucleus of the newly established Nigerian Army Aviation Wing.

The COAS further revealed that the Nigerian Army established its Aviation Wing to complement the Nigerian Air Force based on the experiences gathered fighting terrorists in the North Eastern region where gaps in air support leading to reverses brought to fore the need for combat helicopters to provide intimate support to troops.This means apart from support from the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Army will have its own air support element that will always be with the ground troops and readily provide air support whenever required.

The COAS informed the students that the Army will ensure their accommodation, hangar and all necessary facilities are put in place before their graduation. He also expressed the resolve of the Nigerian Army in ensuring that the Service gets the issue of establishing the Army Aviation Wing right as opposed to several
failed attempts in the past.

The COAS was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding
82 Division Major General Shehu Yusuf and the Chief of Staff to the COAS Brigadier General Solomon Udounwa. He was received by the Air Secretary Air Vice Marshal CN Chukwu, the Commander 305 Helicopter Group, Air Commodore I Yahaya and the Rector, International Helicopter Flying School, Group Captain Ayo
Jolasinmi.

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FIELD IMAGERY: A CHINESE-BUILT CS/VP3 BIGFOOT MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED (MRAP) VEHICLE OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY

This MRAP, manufactured by Poly Technologies Incorporated(China), has been armed with a pair of W85 12,7mm heavy machine guns. The W85 HMG is produced NORINCO of China.

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FIELD IMAGERY: DOES THIS PHOTO OF A NIGERIAN AIR FORCE PILOT IN A RUSSIAN ZSh-7 HELMET INDICATE ANYTHING

PROPS: HENRY THE INIMITABLE
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: MCSHEGZ ‘on point’

Just wondering between us three musketeers backstage what this means at a time when this blog reported on the hunt for Sukhoi Su-27/30s on that April 2015 day when a Nigerian delegation departed Abuja for Russia.

As far as we know, this helmet is mostly deployed by MiG 29 and Su-27 pilots.

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AS MILITARY COMMAND CENTRE RELOCATES TO THE NORTHEAST, MILITARY CHIEFS VISIT YOLA (VIEW AIRCRAFT PICS)

Another unfamiliar helicopter with unfamiliar markings emerges, albeit inadvertently

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: MCSHEGZ

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN FORCES CONSOLIDATE THEIR HOLD ON MUBI

Troops and a DShK 12.7mm machine gun-armed Steyr 4K 7FA-G127 Armoured Personnel Carrier of the Nigerian Army on the streets of MUBI

A MT-LB multipurpose tracked armoured vehicle in the lead is followed by a Steyr APC as troops undertake confidence-building foot patrols at MUBI

PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY: THE LIBERATION OF MUBI BY THE 115 TASK FORCE BATTALION IN PICTURES

A MT-LB multipurpose tracked vehicle (left) and a Landcruiser gun truck at Mubi

The Commanding Officer , 115 Task Force Battalion which recaptured MUBI, Lt Colonel Danjuma Abdullahi(middle) addressing his men at their base

Men of the 115 Task Force Battalion in bullish mood following the recapture of MUBI

A T55 tank in Boko Haram hands which was destroyed by a T72 AV tank at the Mararaba area of Mubi metropolis

An insurgent-operated motorised machine gun destroyed at Mararaba

PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA

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FIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE NORTHEAST REGION

Nigerian troops on the march in the Lame-Burra Forest

Mopping up in the Lame-Burra Forest

L-R: A BTR armoured personnel carrier, a tracked Steyr APC and a Panhard Sagaie armoured fighting vehicle at Baga

Nigerian Army combat engineers clear the road of landmines as troops advance on Baga

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