The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on 1 November 2017, inducted a brand new Bell 412 Helicopter into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The newly inducted helicopter is one of the 2 handed over to the NAF by the Federal Government earlier this year.
Having been in containers for about 2 years as at the time of the handover, the major systems of the 2 helicopters and the surveillance cameras had to be sent to the USA and Canada for overhaul and repairs to restore their airworthiness.
The helicopter’s major systems were later reassembled at the NAF’s 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD) Ikeja thereby providing an opportunity for the attachment of NAF engineers and technicians towards further building their technical capacities. The second Bell 412 Helicopter is still undergoing reactivation at 631 ACMD and would be inducted into the NAF immediately after reactivation.