The Nigerian Air Force has announced that an A-29 Super Tucano fighter jet will be delivered to Nigeria in 2021.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, at the inauguration of facilities at the 1.3-kilometre road, NAF Base Kainji, Niger.
Air Marshal Abubakar added that the newly inaugurated base would also house the A-29 Tucanos, which he said would arrive in Q2 2021.
- “Sometime ago, I was here to commission one of the three Alpha Jet Aircraft programmed for Periodic Depot Maintenance and the rehabilitated 2.8-kilometre road infrastructure in this base. Additionally, the base is being positioned to receive and efficiently support the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, which is expected to arrive in the country towards the end of the second quarter of 2021.”
What you should know
- In 2017, President Trump approved a $600 million sale of twelve A-29 Super Tucano planes, described as light attack planes.
- Nairametrics reported earlier this month that the Nigerian Air Force said that six of the twelve A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets had been produced and were being employed for the conversion training of six NAF pilots, who were in the USA.
- Nairametrics also reported last month that the Nigerian Air Force had joined China and the UAE to announce the acquisition of 2 Wing Loong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).