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Friday, January 09, 2015

Analysis: Nigeria reportedly takes delivery of 'Super Hinds'

Mi-35 Hind (NAF 261)Nigeria is so desperate for attack helicopters to support counter-insurgency operations that it has ordered new Mil Mi-35Ms from Russia; bought at least one more used Mi-24 from Ukraine, tried - and failed - to acquire surplus Bell AH-1 Cobras; and has recently taken delivery of two Mi-35Ps that have been upgraded into 'Super Hinds' by a South African company, according to a Nigerian defence blog.

The Beegeagle's Blog supported its claim by publishing a photograph on 2 January showing two Mi-24/35 helicopters, one of which had clearly been upgraded.

However, no country markings can be seen on the aircraft and their two-tone desert camouflage is similar to one used by several air forces, including Nigeria's.

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