Six Out of Twelve A-29 Tucano Aircraft Ordered by President Buhari Depart US for Nigeria

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The 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021” 

Six out of twelve A-29 Tucano fighter jets ordered by Nigerian Government in 2018 have left US on Wednesday for Nigeria.

In 2018, Nigerian Government signed a contract with the United States Government to manufacture 12 A-29 Tucano for the Nigerian Air Force through US Foreign Ministry Sales contract to SNC. Nigerian government paid total of $329 million for the 12 aircraft.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday issued by the spokesman of Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabwet.

Air Commodore Gabwet said the aircraft which departed US on Wednesday, will leapfrog through 5 countries — Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria — before landing in Nigeria by the end of July, 2021.

“The first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft departed the United States of America on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 enroute Nigeria. The 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021,” the statement read.

He also hinted that the Air Force has commenced planning for induction of the aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force on a yet to be announced date in August, 2021.

“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 to be announced in due course. The office of the Director of Public Relations and Information remains open to any inquiry regarding the arrival and induction of the aircraft.

“Kindly assist in disseminating this information for the awareness of the general public, “ he concluded.


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