Operation Lafiya Dole: Air Force Deploy More Fighter Jets To Northeast

Fighter JetsThe Nigerian Air Force has deployed more combat aircrafts to the Northeast to intensify the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement yesterday by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said the deployment is a renewed drive to crush the terrorist group.

The deployment of additional combat aircrafts came on the heels of the visit of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to the mission areas

Alonge stated that the deployed platforms include the F-7Ni fighter aircraft, Mi-24/35 attack helicopters, Agusta 109 LUH, Supa Puma Combat Support helicopter and ATR-42 surveillance aircraft, which hitherto had been away for scheduled maintenance.

He said, “In a renewed drive to crush the fighting will of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the Nigerian Air Force has deployed additional combat platforms to North-East Nigeria in support of the on-going counter-insurgency operation codenamed ‘OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE’.

“The new deployment came on the heels of the recent visit of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar to the operational areas.

“The newly deployed platforms include the F-7Ni fighter aircraft, Mi-24/35 attack helicopters, Agusta 109 LUH, Supa Puma Combat Support helicopter and ATR-42 surveillance aircraft which hitherto had been away for scheduled maintenance.

“The provision of additional platforms in the North-East is in line with President Mohammadu Buhari’s mandate to bring an end to insurgency in the North-East.

“The new deployment is aimed at boosting existing military efforts to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists. It is also expected to enhance the capability of the Nigerian Armed Forces to fight in a more proactive and efficient manner”.

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