Washington may sell Apache helicopters to Nigeria military

Following his Excellency’s meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, military analysts in Washington are predicting that the arms/security embargo imposed on Nigeria due to former President Jonathan’s unwillingness to end the insurgency, may after all be immediately lifted. In a deal worth about $500 million, which may include soft loans, Nigerian Airforce is likely to receive its first shipment ever of the Apache attack helicopters soon. If this happens, It will go a long way in restoring the battered image of the Nigerian military. 

Furthermore, the days of the Boko Haram marauding barbarians are definitely numbered. The Apache is the most advanced attack helicopter in the world.

Wikipedia (online encyclopedia) described the Apache as follows:

“The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the Agusta-Westland Apache. U.S. AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; British and Dutch Apaches have seen deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

By: Dr. Idris Ahmed, Founder CUPS Nigeria with photo credits to Military-Today.com and Wikipedia.

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