The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday said it has took delivery of the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Edward Gabkwet, an Air Commodore, announced this in a statement in Abuja.
According to Gabkwet, the aircraft arrived Kano at about 12.34 p.m.
He added that the officials that received the aircraft included the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, a retired Major General; Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, a Lt.- General; and Chief of Air Staff, Oladayo Amao, an Air Marshal.
Gabkwet had on July 15 said the aircraft had departed the US and will move through five countries before arrival in Nigeria.
“The first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have departed the United States of America on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 en route Nigeria,” he had said.
“The 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries, including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the chief of air staff had earlier announced that the air force is expecting 20 fighter aircraft before the end of 2021.
He said aside from the batch which just arrived, six more A-29 Super Tucano aircraft will arrive in September, while two CH-3 and four CH-4 UCAVs will arrive the country before the end of 2021.