FIX, STRIKE, WIN

In the second and concluding part of AFM’s study of the Nigerian Air Force, M Mazumdar examines post-2014 combat operations, future plans and provides a full air order of battle.

FORCE REPORT

Nigerian Air Force Part Two

Soldiers fast-rope from Super Puma NAF 565. This is one of four surviving examples from an original total of five AS332B1/M1 aircraft acquired. Of these, NAF 565 and possibly NAF 567 are currently operational. Parent unit is 205 Rotary Wing (formerly Rotary Group) at Ikeja.
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AFTER A relative lull in military operations, air and ground campaigns against Boko Haram resumed in earnest by late 2013 due to a dramatic escalation in violence, and continued the following year. Counter-insurgency (COIN) and internal security operations codenamed Zaman Lafiya and Restore Peace spanned a large part of Nigeria’s northern region and were directed against ethnic violence and banditry. The Nigerian military, working quietly with foreign private military contractors (PMCs), managed to turn the tide somewhat against Boko Haram after suffering a series of embarrassing setbacks.

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