- The Nigerian Air Force has said that the first batch of six Super Tucano aircraft arrived the country from the United States
- Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the director of NAF public relations and information, made this known on Thursday, July 22
- Gabkwet said an official induction ceremony of the aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force is already being planned
Leadership reports that the director of NAF public relations and information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, had on July 15, 2021, said the anticipated aircraft had left the United States enroute Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that he had said the six aircraft would be leapfrogged through five countries including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.
He said an official induction ceremony of the aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force is already being planned at a later date in August 2021 and will be announced in due course.
The payment covers Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems for six of the aircraft.
The fighter jets are said to have Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets, 12.7 mm ammunition, unguided bombs and infrared sensors.
The contract also provided for ground training equipment, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and support services.
The over 100 Nigerian Air Pilots and crewmen are said to be in United States training on the aircraft.
“On hand to receive the aircraft was the Honourable minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.”
First batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft depart the US for Nigeria
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft departed the United States of America on Wednesday, July 14 en route to Nigeria.
It was reported that a statement by the spokesman of the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Thursday, July 15, noted that the 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries.
He said the countries are Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain, and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.