Nigeria's Air Force, using one Alpha Jet and also F-7Ni fighter aircraft, has destroyed artillery of Boko Haram terrorist group in the country's Sambisa forest.
After a surveillance plane detected the positions of terrorist group in the forest, One Alpha Jet and one F-7Ni fighter aircraft hit them. Further, surveillance showed the air force having achieved the airstrikes, destroying the positions of the militants, Sputnik news reported Monday.
Boko Haram is a militant organization that is affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group, banned in many countries, including Russia and the United States.
The F-7Ni fighter aircraft were approved by Nigeria in 2005. In 2005 it was reported that Nigeria has approved $251 million USD to purchase 15 Chengdu F-7 fighters from China. The deal included 12 F-7NI (NI = Nigeria) single seat fighters, and 3 FT-7NI dual-seat trainers.
The $251 million package included $220 million for 15 aircraft, plus $32 million for armaments, including 20 live PL-9C AAM, 10 training PL-9 rounds, unguided rockets, and 250/500 kg bombs.
Nigerian pilots began their training in China in 2008, with delivery of the aircraft to begin in 2009.
The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France and Dornier Flugzeugwerke of Germany.
The Nigeria’s Alpha Jet force have been routinely employed in combat air patrols, and has conducted multiple air strikes against Boko Haram militants over a number of years.
In September 2014, multiple Alpha Jets conducted a large number of aerial bombardment missions over and around the area of Bama, Borno State, during the fight to regain the city following the withdrawal of friendly ground forces.
In early October 2014, Boko Haram released a video containing the decapitation of who they claimed was a captured Nigerian Air Force pilot of a downed Alpha Jet.
In March 2016, attacks performed by Nigerian Alpha Jets had reportedly dislodged Boko Haram fighters from Sambisa Forest, Borno State.
Nigeria will order nine patrol boats in 2017 to patrol harbours and waterways for $4 million. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has allotted a defense budget of N233
US government is likely to sell $600 million worth 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for anti-Boko Haram operations. The move includes sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists,
Brazil has approved the sale of its three serviceable pre-owned Super Tucano A-29 attack aircraft to Nigeria. The acquisition of this aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is expected to boost its operational capabilities in tackling insurgence and militancy in the country
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Comp Air Aviation for the production of multi-role light utility aircraft. The NAF decided to sign a MoU with the Comp Air Aviation in order to have a legal framework under which the R&D collaborative effort will work, the company said in a statement Thursday
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) inducted five Super Mushshak trainer aircraft into its inventory on August 9 for the primary training of its pilots at 401 Flying Training School (FTS), Kaduna. At the same time, 16 ab-initio student pilots, including 2 female cadets, graduated from the 401 FTS
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), using Alpha jet as well as F-7Ni fighter jets, has bombed logistics bases used by Boko Haram militants in their Sambisa forest hideouts, in the northeast part of the country. The force component of operation "LAFIA DOLE" conducted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu in the Sambisa general area when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram fighters, NAF Spokesperson Olatokunbo Adesanya said
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Nigeria of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and weapons for $593 million. The sale also includes all associated training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, and hangar, facilities, and infrastructure required to support the program, DSCA said in a statement Friday
Key international suppliers of Nigerian military hardware are facilitating fraud by agreeing to non-competitive or unorthodox contracts, reports Transparency International (TI)
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