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
Latest News

Support our industry call from new ACI boss

Bongani Maseko, new chairman of the Airports Council International (ACI), believes that, despite challenges, African aviation is becoming a strong contributor to global economic growth.

PassionAir acquires three pre-owned Q400s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir, which is based in the the Republic of Ghana.

It all AADs up to a spectacular

According to Leon Dillman, CEO of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), this year’s anticipated Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2018) show is expected to be “bigger and better than ever”.

Boeing names Brendan Curran as president of Boeing AvionX

Boeing has appointed Brendan Curran as president of Boeing AvionX, an organisation formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.

Bombardier MRO appoints new head of sales and marketing for Africa

Martin Williamson has been appointed new head of sales and marketing for for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia.

Air Algérie adds first B737-800P2F

Air Algérie has taken redelivery of its first B737-800(P2F) following its conversion into a freighter with STAECO in Jinan, China, reports ch-aviation.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
MarrakechAirshow BT2507241018AAD2018 BTAirCargoAFA_BT220318210219GroundHandling BT2205130918AviationAfrica_BT0607280219