Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack
Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack

Nigerian Air Force Set to Receive First A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft

Five Nigerian Air Force (NAF) A-29s are already at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia for pilot and maintainer training as the NAF prepares to take delivery of the first batch of six aircraft this summer and the second batch of six aircraft scheduled for delivery prior to the end of the year. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security released photographs of one of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack, combat and reconnaissance aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) painted in a jungle paint scheme. The painted jungle scheme NAF A-29 now moves on to mission modification at Moody Air Force Base. Following modification, before delivery, NAF pilots and maintenance personnel will further train in the aircraft. The combat-proven A-29 Super Tucano is the gold standard of light attack combat and reconnaissance aircraft around the world and is designed and built for the counter-insurgency mission in Nigeria.

The A-29 Super Tucano 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), counter-insurgency and irregular warfare scenarios. The Super Tucano is the gold standard for light attack, combat and reconnaissance aircraft. Built in the U.S. by Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, the A-29 has been selected by 15 air forces worldwide including Afghanistan and Lebanon. The A-29 is a versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft and is known for its rugged and durable design, which allows it to perform operations from unimproved runways and at forward operating bases in austere environments and rugged terrain. The A-29 is the only light attack aircraft in the world with a U.S. Air Force Military Type Certificate. The aircraft has already been selected by 15 air forces around the world.

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Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack
Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack (Aerial Photography by Deremer Studios, LLC)

In November 2013, Nigeria has shown interest in acquiring twelve brand new Super Tucanos. Three aircraft were already bought from the Brazilian Air Force inventory. The United States indicated that it would be moving forward with a deal to sell up to 12 of the aircraft for up to US$600 million. In August 2017, the US Department of State had approved of the sale of 12 aircraft and associated supplies and weapons. SNC and Embraer Defense & Security were awarded the contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the NAF. The contract includes ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support and field service representatives for OCONUS support.

SNC is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through best-of-breed, open architecture engineering in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. SNC is recognized among the three most innovative U.S. companies in space, as a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest growing companies. SNC’s 55-year legacy of state-of-the art civil, military and commercial solutions includes delivering more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participation in more than 450 missions to space, including Mars. Embraer Defense & Security is the leading aerospace and defense industry in Latin America. In addition to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced trainer and the multi-mission C-390 Millennium military airlift, it provides a full line of integrated solutions and applications such as Command and Control Center (C4I), radars, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and space.

Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack
Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack (Aerial Photography by Deremer Studios, LLC)
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