- There is hope that Nigeria will receive the Super Tucano fighter jets soon
- A statement from the Nigerian presidency indicates that the jets will soon be in the country
- Nigerian Air Force pilots are also in the United States of America to undergo a course on how to fly the jets
The presidency has announced that six of the twelve Super Tucanos ordered from the United States of America by the Nigerian government are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021.
This was revealed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu via a thread on Twitter seen by Legit.ng.
Shehu also revealed that the remaining six will arrive in Nigeria shortly after the first six expected in the country.
He added that there are 14 Nigerian pilots currently training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia who will be assigned to the fighter planes.
Recall that on Monday, March 8, the United States Diplomatic Mission Nigeria shared a photo of one of the fighter planes on its Twitter page.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that some NAF pilots are currently in the United States of America to understudy their counterparts in the country on how to effectively fly the Tucano helicopters which will be arriving in Nigeria soon.
Photos of the NAF officers learning how to use the platforms were shared on social media about a month ago.
Earlier this year, the federal government of Nigeria appealed to the United States of America to speed up the delivery of the acquired A-29 Super Tucanos aircraft for efficient military operations in the country.
The minister of defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), stated this when he played host to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Berth Leonard, in Abuja on Tuesday, February 4.
Magashi, however, commended the US government for its continued support to Nigeria in the areas of healthcare and military operations.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.