Nigeria received the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft purchased from the United States.
The Nigerian Air Force said the plane arrived in Kano province on Thursday afternoon.
“The Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, were present to receive the aircraft,” the NAF spokesman said. Air Commander Edward Gabkwet, noted.
The chairman of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, hinted a few months ago that the West African people were expecting fighter jets from the United States at a time when they were stepping up security efforts in the country.
“About three years ago, the federal government and the United States signed an agreement that resulted in the purchase of twelve Tucano planes or fighter jets that would help a government fight security,” he said. At a two-day meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee in Abuja, he expressed optimism that Nigeria would tackle security concerns.
“I am aware that six of them will come to the country in July and August.”
‘Help our Nigerian partners’
Former US President Donald Trump confirmed the sale of fighter jets to Nigeria during his 2018 meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Mohammed Buhari.
“We are also helping our Nigerian partners by providing intelligence, cooperation, and training and military equipment to Nigerian forces,” Trump said after bilateral talks at the White House.
“For example, we recently sold 12 US A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and large aircraft to Nigeria at the first sale of American military equipment to Nigeria.
“This new aircraft will increase Nigeria’s ability to target terrorists and protect civilians.”
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Strengthen the critical workforce
Already, Air Force officials have begun training personnel to fly the new Tucano aircraft, which they say is the most important air force component that needs to be developed and sustained for efficient and effective performance.
“On the A-29 Super Tucano, about 60 NAF personnel, including CAS, pilots, engineers, technicians and other professionals, have completed their on-board training in the United States,” he said. new helicopter pilots who recently completed basic flight training at the Draken Helicopter Academy in the UK.
The arrival of the plane, the mass kidnapping of students in northern Nigeria, robbery and terrorism have become commonplace, and separatist movements have gained momentum in the south.