The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will induct into service its newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, and then deploy them to the northeastern section of the country.
The induction ceremony of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft into the Nigerian Air Force is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 at the 011 Presidential Air Fleet Apron, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by 10.00 am.
According to Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of NAF Public Relations and Information said, “Expectedly, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari will preside over the induction ceremony as the Special Guest of Honour.”
“As part of programmes lined up for the induction ceremony, a symbolic flypast will be performed by some of the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft within the vicinity of the induction ceremony.
The event will see a symbolic flypast by the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
Six more Super Tucanos are expected to arrive at the end of September, completing the order for twelve aircraft.
The A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Brazilian Embraer and marketed by United States Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). It is a low-cost aerial platform optimized for fighting in permissive environments, including insurgencies, ISR, and border monitoring.
Nigeria awarded SNC a $329 million Foreign Military Sales contract in November 2018, for 12 A-29 Super Tucanos.
The combat-proven A-29 Super Tucano is expected to change the direction of the ongoing counter-terror efforts. Nigeria has been plagued by violent insurgents for more than a decade.