A-29 Super Tucano Ready for Delivery To Nigeria; Committee on Defence Visit US for Inspection
The 12 A-29 Super Tucano Super aircraft bought from the United State of America are ready for delivery to Nigeria going by reports. This was confirmed yesterday when Members of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Defence and Air Force visited the Embraer Defence Incorporation manufacturing plant to carry out what seems like a final inspection of the aircraft.
Yesterday, 27 May 2021 The National Assembly Joint Committee on Defence and Air Force led by Senator Michael Nnachi, arrived at the Embraer manufacturing plant where they were briefed on the current status of the NAF A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and possible delivery date. While briefing the NASS team, Embraer representative Colonel Authur Ford of the United States Air Force Fighters and Advance Aircraft Directorate stated that 10 out of the 12 aircraft were ready for delivery while 2 were undergoing modification and integration to NAF specific operational configuration.
Colonel Authur also stated that 6 of the aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria in July 2021 while the remaining 6 will be delivered before the end of October 2021. He went on to state that The NASS team was assured that the aircraft, expected to play critical roles in the fight against insurgency and would be delivered as planned.
The A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is combat-proven and has achieved the gold standard of light attack combat and reconnaissance aircraft around the world and its design would fit properly into the playing key missions in Nigeria against the growing trend of insecurity especially in the northeast.
Also, the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is the most reliable and cost-effective solution for basic and advanced flight and combat training, close air support operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), armed over-watch, counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.