A Russian-made Mil Mi-35M multi-role helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) crashed on Wednesday night in Borno, a north-eastern Nigerian state.
The helicopter crashed during a combat operation with Boko Haram insurgents (Jihadist militant organisation) while providing air support for ground troops operating in the town of Damasak in Borno. Two NAF pilots and three crew members have been killed in the crash, ChannelsTV reported Thursday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of the five crew members who were on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed in combat yesterday, 2 January 2019, while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State,” the report quoted Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of NAF Public Relations and Information as saying Thursday.
A Leonardo AW139, belonging to the UAE's (United Arab Emirates) National Search and Rescue Center crashed after being clipped by the worlds longest zip-line on the Jebel Jais mountain located at Ras Al Khaimah on Saturday. All four crew members are killed, country's National Search and Rescue Centre said
United States Marines F/A-18 fighter Jet and a KC-130 tanker crashed into the sea during a nighttime refueling exercise off the coast of Japan, five crew members are reported missing while two have been rescued. A KC-130 air-refueling tanker and an F/A-18 fighter jet were involved in a “mishap” in the early morning hours of Thursday
Russia and Kazakhstan have signed a new contract for the supply of four Mil Mi-35 transport and attack helicopters. "A new contract for four Mi-35 helicopters has been signed
Pakistans Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) has confirmed that Pakistan has received four Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia. A statement issued by Brig Gen Waheed Mumtaz, director general of the DEPO, noted, “The contract was signed, we received all four [Mi-35M] and now we get new equipment”,
Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation have won a contract to supply 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force. The A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are turboprop light air support aircraft meant for attacking and reconnaissance of lightly-defended enemy territory
Nigeria is all set to accept the delivery of five attack helicopters from Italy and a gunship from Russia in March. “Nigerian Air Force is set to take the delivery of one Mi-35 gunship from Russia and five AW109 utility/attack helicopters from Italy, which will be used to fight insecurity in the country,” DefenseWeb quoted Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as saying during a visit to Gembu, Taraba State Tuesday
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