The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have arrived Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34pm.
The director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet had on 15 July 2021 said the aircraft have left United States for Nigeria.
He said the six aircraft would be flown through five countries including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.
He said 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.
LEADERSHIP Friday reports that the federal government in 2018, paid $462million for 12 Tucano aircraft and other weapons. The payment covers Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems for six of the aircraft.
The fighter jets are said to have Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets, 12.7 mm ammunition, unguided bombs and infrared sensors.
The contract also provided for ground training equipment, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and support services.
Over 100 Nigerian air pilots and crewmen have been in the USA training on the aircraft.
The director said, “On hand to receive the aircraft were the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.”