Aug 1, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Breaking: Boko Haram in Trouble As First Batch of Tucano Fighter Jets Arrive Nigeria

  • The Nigerian Air Force has announced that the first batch of six Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in the country from the United States
  • Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, announced on Thursday July 22nd.
  • Gabkwet said there was an official ceremony to add the aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force inventory already planned

Kano, Kano – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced that the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived in Kano on Thursday afternoon July 22nd.

The leadership reports that the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, about July 15, 2021, said the expected plane had left the United States en route to Nigeria.

He said an official induction ceremony of the aircraft in the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force is planned for a later date in August 2021 and will be announced in due course.

Sahara Reporters also reports that in 2018 the federal government paid $ 462 million for 12 tucanos and other weapons.

Payment covers Forward Looking Infrared Systems (FLIR) for six of the aircraft.

The fighter jets are said to be via Paveway II-guided bombs, laser-guided missiles, 12.7 -mm ammunition, unguided bombs and infrared sensors.

The contract also provided for ground training equipment, mission planning systems, mission debriefing systems, spare parts, ground support equipment and support services.

The over 100 Nigerian air pilots and crew members are said to be in the US there is training on the plane.

Gabkwet said:

“The Honorable Secretary of Defense, Major General, accepted the plane 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 leaves the USA for Nigeria

It was reported that a statement by NAF spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Thursday July 15th stated that the six planes will jump through five countries.

< p class = "align-left"> He said the countries were Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before reaching its final destination in Nigeria in late July 2021.