NIgeria’s super tucanos to arrive mid-july 2021 : Garba Shehu
NIgeria’s super tucanos are scheduled to arrive in the country by mid-July according to Garba Shehu the senior special assistant , media and publicity to the president of the federal republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, Six of the twelve Super Tucanos are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021.
the remaining six shortly after that. There are 14 Nigerian pilots currently training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
The tucanos came off the production line in Jacksonville Florida and are now being equipped and flight tested.
Nigeria Expecting New Super Tucanos
Nigerian pilots and maintenance personnel are training on these planes. Currently, the construction is ongoing, which will house the aircraft.
Air-Ground-Integration school is the training hub on targeting and minimization of civilian casualties.
At present, five Nigerian Super Tucanos are at Moody AFB in Georgia for pilot and maintainer training.
The two companies released images of the sixth aircraft, which also will be flown to Moody, in a jungle camouflage scheme.
“The painted jungle scheme NAF A-29 now moves on to mission modification at Moody Air Force Base,” says SNC.
“Following modification, before delivery, NAF pilots and maintenance personnel will further train in the aircraft.”
In November 2018, SNC was awarded a $329 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US government to build 12 A-29s for the Nigerian air force.
The armed turboprops are intended for use against Boko Haram and Islamic State militants.
this development of new super tucanos , is coming at a time where the country is embroidered with constant killings and kidnapping .