Nigeria is reportedly another country in line with Sri Lanka and Myanmar to have plans to acquire the JF-17 Thunder lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft this year. The country has shown interest in purchasing three planes from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).
The procurement plans, which earmark $25 million for the fighters, were reported by Nigerian newspaper Punch. The Nigerian government is also considering to acquire ten PAC Super Mushshak basic trainers and two Mi-35M helicopters to meet its defence needs.
Punch obtained the above mentioned information from a leaked copy of 2016 budget, which was presented to the National Assembly by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2015.
Nigerian defense officials have been reportedly interested in the JF-17 following the IDEAS 2014 exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan. The new procurement of three fighter jets and 10 trainers from Pakistan is an effort to modernize Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Currently, Niegria is operating 10 units of Chengdu F-7 Airguard.