United States government will help improve capacity building for the Nigerian Air Force by training pilots for the newly delivered and inducted A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
The US pledged through its Embassy in Nigeria pledged to provide a full package of training, logistics, infrastructure building as well as equipment maintenance for some years to Nigeria.
US ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, and the Commander, US Air Force Africa, Gen Jeffrey Harrigian in Abuja, gave the assurance that the remaining 6 out of the 12 aircraft will arrive in due time and will be inducted into the Nigerian Air Force fleet.
Mary Leonard emphasized that Nigeria and the US have had several collaborations in various sectors of the economy and the military sector was critical due to the safety of lives and property of the citizens.
On the capacity of the Super Tucano, Gen Harrigian said the aircraft can improve on the precision on attacks on enemies as well as intelligence gathering which was very laudable in the fight against insurgency not only in Nigeria but to the entire region.
With the A-29 Super Tucano purchase, the Nigerian Air Force becomes a founding member of the US Air Force’s combined light attack experiment which is developing light attack global best-practice tactics and doctrine for the 21st century.
Six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have arrived in Kano, 22 July 2021 from the United States, arriving in two different color schemes; Woodland camouflage and Desert brown camouflage.
United States Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was awarded a $329 million Foreign Military Sales contract in November 2018.
In Nigeria, the Super Tucano will support three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, as well as 24 Leonardo M-346 trainer and attack aircraft as part of the Air Force’s offensive arm.