President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given the green light for the acquisition of 12 fighter helicopters for the Nigerian Army.
General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff disclosed this during the Nigerian Army Aviation Seminar in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, these MD 530F Cayuse fighter helicopters would enhance the effectiveness of ground troops during operations.
He believed the helicopters would contribute to the overall success of joint and coalition troops.
Lagbajs also said that the army’s aviation unit, while separate from the nation’s air force, typically operates with helicopters and light support fixed-wing aircraft.
He praised President Tinubu’s commitment to combating insecurity, which also aligns with the Nigerian army’s goal of having a well-equipped aviation unit.
The COAS said: “I am happy to inform this gathering that the Nigerian army is willing to learn from the army aviation journeys of the countries mentioned earlier. Our willingness to learn from them is to adapt their best practices to suit our unique operational environment and avoid their mistakes.
“I can proudly report that since 2014, the Nigerian Army has made commendable progress in training pilots, aircraft engineers, technicians, and other ground support crew.”
One of Tinubu goal is to end insecurity under his administration, since his predecessor failed to fulfil the promised he made to Nigeria in 2025.
The northeast and the southeast parts of the country have been facing continues unrest for years.