Nigeria receives first batch of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft – Ladun Liadi’s Blog
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft ordered by Nigeria from the U.S. has landed in the country.
There has been no official statement yet. But Defence News Nigeria which covers military activities and hardware tweeted the news.
It is believed that the American manufacturers may have fulfilled their promise to make six of the 12 aircraft ordered available this month.
In May, the Embraer Defence Security Incorporated (EDSI), manufacturers of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, told a committee of the National Assembly led by Senator Michael Nnachi about the progress on the planes.
While briefing the NASS team, Col. Authur Ford, of the U.S. Air Force Fighters and Advance Aircraft Directorate, stated that 10 out of the 12 aircraft were ready for delivery to NAF.
While the remaining two were undergoing modification and integration to NAF specific operational configuration.
Ford added that six of the aircraft were scheduled to arrive the country in July while the remaining six would be delivered before the end of October.
The team was assured that the aircraft, expected to play critical roles in the fight against insurgency and criminality, would be delivered as planned.
In March, the Buhari presidency also confirmed the July arrival date for six of the 12 A-29 Super Tucanos.
The presidency added that 14 pilots were on training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.