The Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters originally intended for the Indian Air Force and will be used for VIP transport duties.
One of the AW101s was seen at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset, in the United Kingdom painted in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) VIP colours. The aircraft will presumably be operated by the NAF’s 101 Presidential Air Fleet in Abuja, according to Air Forces Daily.
The Indian Air Force was originally scheduled to take delivery of the AW101 but India cancelled the $750 million order with AgustaWestland for 12 top-end helicopters in January, citing a breach of integrity relating to alleged corruption.
The NAF has been receiving a number of new aircraft recently and late last month took delivery of three Beechcraft King Air 350i light transport aircraft, which are operated by the 209 Executive Airlift Group (EAG) at Abuja-Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, according to Defence Web. The 209 EAG recently officially accepted an Mi-17-V5 helicopter, which had previously been operated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for search and rescue duties.
The Nigerian government has reportedly ordered 40 helicopters for attack and transport duties from the United States and Russia. According to local media reports, the helicopters could start arriving as early as this month and the remainder could arrive by the end of the year.
It was earlier reported that Nigeria is receiving two helicopter gunships, most likely Mi-35s. The Nigerian Budget Office this year allocated funds for six Mi-35M helicopters, the report added.
AgustaWestland has won a contract for 16 AW101 helicopters estimated €1.15 billion, to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement, with an option for six further aircraft
AgustaWestland has won a contract for the delivery of 16 new AW101 search and rescue helicopters to Norway, with the official agreement worth $732 Million to be signed on 19th November. The contract will provide a significant strengthening of the public search and rescue service and ensure emergency readiness throughout the country
Referring to press reports related to the possible cancellation of the contract for the supply of 12 VVIP AW101 helicopters to India, Finmeccanica confirms that its subsidiary company, AgustaWestland, has received no such communication from Indias MOD. Finmeccanica is confident in India's reputation for fair and transparent proceedings and respect for the rule of law, for which India has an established reputation
Indian Defense Minister A K Antony today said that the delivery of AW-101 helicopters for VIP use from AugustaWestland is on schedule. The announcement comes as a surprise since the Minister only last month ordered an inquiry into the alleged ‘malpractices’ involving the deal
AgustaWestland today announced that a contract has been signed by the Government of India for the acquisition of twelve AW101 helicopters that will perform government transport duties. The contract, valued at around € 560 million($764 million), includes an extensive five year logistic support service and initial aircrew and technician training
The resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to Nigeria has been stopped by the US for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja. “The transfer of such aircraft requires a review, in order to determine its "consistency with US policy interests," Jerusalem Post quoted Obama administration officials as saying
Defense Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday reviewed the progress of the indigenous Scorpene submarine construction and other ongoing warship building projects, including the P-15B Class stealth destroyers, Press information Bureau reported. "With all the impediments and material hurdles resolved, the construction of the submarines is progressing on schedule to meet the planned delivery schedule of September 2016," the report said
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