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Nigeria receives two AW109 helicopters


On January 18, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced that it has received two new Leonardo AW109 Power helicopters.


Nigeria receives two AW109 helicopters Nigerian Air Force Agusta AW-109 (Picture source: Kenneth Iwelumo)


The AgustaWestland AW109 is a lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter built by the Italian manufacturer Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly AgustaWestland, merged into the new Finmeccanica since 2016).

The two partially disassembled helicopters,  equipment and spares arrived at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on board a Boeing 737-400 Cargolux Airline aircraft from Malpensa International Airport in Italy on 15 January 2020. The helicopters are part of an order for six that was announced in 2018. The first two were inducted on 29 April 2019 during the NAF Day celebrations in Abuja.