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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar/Photo: Channels TV

The Nigerian Air Force has acquired two more Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia to improve its capability in its internal security efforts.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, made the disclosure on Sunday.

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Abubakar also gave the assurance that the Nigerian Air Force remains determined in sustaining the current gains in the war against Boko Haram terrorists.

Air Marshal Abubakar, briefing the media in Maiduguri on the activities of the Air Force in 2016, said air patrol and intelligence gathering was still in progress.

“The aircraft have been delivered awaiting official induction after which they will be launched for operations.

“We have also installed camera on two of our Beechcraft NAF 202 and NAF 204 and upgraded the camera on another Beechcraft NAF 201 all in 2016,”  the Air Chief stated.

The Air Marshall also noted that three EC-135 helicopters ceded to it by the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in March 2016 are undergoing reactivation processes to boost the number of serviceable platforms.