Russia will start deliveries of military helicopters to Nigeria

“Helicopters of Russia” will supply in Nigeria 15 helicopters Mi-35M and Mi-171SH. This was reported by the Russian Center for analysis of world arms trade, citing a Nigerian publication Punch. According to the newspaper, Nigeria within a few years order 15 attack helicopters for protection of objects of oil production and refining in the Niger Delta.

Punch notes that the three Mi-35M transporterowych in November 2016, but the publication is not known what number of Mi-171SH to be delivered to Nigeria by the Russian side. Experts from the Center for analysis of world arms trade believes that Russia will supply 12 strike helicopters Mi-35M and three military transport Mi-171SH.

Earlier, on 18 August, air force commander of the Nigeria air Marshal Saddik Abubakar said this during an interview with the Nigerian television channel NTA that the air force of Nigeria shall soon receive from Russia 12 new attack helicopters Mi-35. Abubakar said that the combat vehicle will be “equipped with modern guidance systems of guided missiles”. On the number of Mi-171SH Nigerian military are not reported.

The press service of “Helicopters of Russia” declined to comment on the supply of military vehicles to Nigeria, citing the fact that this sphere of activities refers to the “Rosoboronexport”. The head of the press service of the ROE Vyacheslav Davidenko also declined to comment “for privacy reasons”, which was part of the agreement between Nigeria and Russia.

Bought Nigeria’s helicopters appeared in the annual report of JSC Rosvertol for 2014. The document says the contract on delivery of six Mi-35M helicopters concluded in August 2014. In the same year, Deputy head of international management “Rosteh” Sergei Goreslavskii during the exhibition ADEX-2014 confirmed the existence of an agreement with Nigeria for the supply of military helicopters. About the order of the same Mi-171SH in the 2016 report, the Military Balance reported by the international Institute for strategic studies (IISS). The experts of the Institute reported that six military vehicles, and not three.

Modernization of the helicopter fleet, as calculated based on amounts of previous transactions with other countries, will cost Nigeria about 200 million dollars. A similar deal in 2008, Russia signed with Brazil. For the delivery of 12 attack helicopters Mi-35M Brazil paid about $ 150 million. In July 2015, the Mi-35 helicopters for the state needs have purchased FSB. According to the documentation the initial (maximum) price of the contract for the supply of five helicopters amounted to 2.83 billion rubles. Thus, one helicopter of this model cost the Russian budget in 556,6 million roubles (about 8.5 million dollars). In 2013, Peru bought 24 Mi-171SH for 16.9 million dollars each.

The delivery of the helicopters to Nigeria could be a good chance for “Helicopters of Russia”, the Director of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies Ruslan Pukhov. “The Corporation has dispersed production capacities to the maximum in recent years. Given that the Ministry of defence in the coming years is completing the procurement for the state defense order, the Nigerian deliveries will help the company to stand for,” explains Pukhov. According to the expert, talking about supply in Nigeria helicopter was in 2000-ies. “The conversations always were about 3-4 helicopters to the Nigerian army. Therefore, such a large order — one victory”, — said Pukhov.

According to the Punch newspaper, sun Nigeria will also order to protect the oil facilities in the Niger Delta unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United Arab Emirates. Put technique the company ADCOM Systems. The exact number ordered of the UAV is unknown. New appliances to replace the Chinese drones, the CH-3A.

The Mi-35M is the export version of the attack helicopter Mi-24ВМ. The machine is equipped with all-weather avionics, movable installation U-23 gun GSH-23L and an enhanced set of guidance for anti-tank guided missiles. The helicopter can carry up to 2.4 tons of various weapons at distances up to 450 km. Adopted by the armed forces of Russia in 2011. Mi-171SH — export name of the military transport helicopter Mi-8AMTSH. The machine can carry up to 16 paratroopers, up to 4 tons of cargo on an external sling, as well as provide fire support from the ground forces. The helicopter entered service in 2009.

The Nigerian government using drones and attack helicopters is going to protect the Niger Delta, where in the 1990-ies was discovered oil field. Government troops and security company oil companies developing the field, opposed ethnic groups, Ogoni, Igbo and ijo. The rebels practice of attacks on drilling platforms and taking hostages.