in Defence

US approves approves US$593 million Super Tucano A-29 sale to Nigeria

Posted 9 August 2017 · Add Comment

The US State Department has approved the sale of twelve (12) Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and weapons, associated training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, hangar facilities and infrastructural support to the Government of Nigeria. Oscar Nkala reports.

In a notice published on August 3, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) estimated the total value of the deal at $593 million, adding it had delivered the 'required certification' notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 2, 2017. 

"These aircraft will support Nigerian military operations against terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, the Islamic State (IS) in West Africa and help efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea. 

"The Super Tucano (A-29) is a sustainable platform for counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, border surveillance and illicit trade interdiction operations," the statement said. The DSCA said the sale is part of a U.S. commitment to help Nigeria and neighbours in the Lake Chad Basin to defeat ISIS and its affiliates in Africa. 

The proposed sale and associated training is also part of a broader US regional security policy to help professionalize, modernise and build the capacity of Nigeria’s armed forces. 

The sale is not expected to alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime supply and delivery contract was awarded to the Sierra Nevada Corporation of Colorado. US government or contractor representatives will be assigned to Nigeria to train teams and provide contract logistic support. 

Special training will be provided for Nigerian Air Force pilots on the law of armed conflict and human rights and air-to-ground integrated operations in order to minimize civilian casualties during airborne counter-insurgency operations.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

ASKY to resume flights to Free Town, Monrovia and Banjul in November

Ethiopian strategic partner, ASKY Airlines, has finalized preparations to resume services to and from the West African cities of Monrovia, Freetown and Banjul effective November 1, 2017.

SITA CEO rallies airlines and airports in community fight against cyber threats

The air transport industry has cybersecurity as a top priority with 95% of airlines and 96% of airports investing resources into major cybersecurity programmes or pilots over the next three years.

RwandAir to operate direct flights from Brussels to Kigali by the end of October

RwandAir will make the flight schedule of the Brussels route non-stop to Kigali, effective October 31, 2017.

Germania flight lands in Sharm El Sheikh

Germania flight took off from Berlin-Schönefeld headed for Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt with 201 passengers on board. With a second aircraft now based at Schönefeld, Germania is flying this route, among others, once a week during the winter

Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the Indian Ocean carrier. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a ceremony held in Mauritius today.

MOMook to make 43 Air School training operations more efficient

MOMook, an intelligent business and training management software developer, and 43 Air School, the largest aviation training provider in South Africa, have signed a contract on the use of MOMook software for management of pilot

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418AfBAC Expo BT2017Global Aerospace BT28218