As Nigeria continues to combat terrorists, the presidency has announced that six of the twelve Super Tucanos that will be used by the military will arrive in mid-July 2021.
According to a statement issued by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday night, March 18, the remaining six Tucanos will arrive shortly after.
Garba announced that 14 Nigerian pilots are currently studying at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He said that the Super Tucanos have just rolled off the assembly line in Jacksonville, Florida, and are currently being outfitted and flight tested.
”Nigerian pilots and maintenance personnel are training on these planes. Currently, the construction is ongoing, which will house the aircraft. The Air-Ground-Integration school is the training hub on targeting and minimization of civilian casualties.
At present, five Nigerian Super Tucanos are at Moody AFB in Georgia for pilot and maintainer training. The two companies released images of the sixth aircraft, which also will be flown to Moody, in a jungle camouflage scheme.
“The painted jungle scheme NAF A-29 now moves on to mission modification at Moody Air Force Base,” says SNC. “Following modification, before delivery, NAF pilots and maintenance personnel will further train in the aircraft.”his statement read
SNC was awarded a $329 million International Military Sales contract by the US government in November 2018 to develop 12 A-29s for the Nigerian air force. The armed turboprops would be used to combat Boko Haram and Islamic State rebels.