About the F-7Ni jet

Weekly Trust - - News -

For­merly known as the Chengdu J-7, the Chi­nese li­cense-built ver­sion of the Soviet-era MiG21 in­ter­cep­tor was bought by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, $251 mil­lion for 15 units in 2005. Made up of 12 fighter jets and three trainer jets, the model was re­named F-7Ni and FT-7Ni, re­spec­tively. Pro­duc­tion of the type ended in 2013.

The F-7Ni has been in heavy use in the fight against Boko Haram in north-east­ern Nige­ria, re­cently mak­ing head­lines when the NAF struck a ma­jor in­sur­gent lo­gis­tics base.

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