Nigeria set to acquire light attack fighter aircraft’s from US Government

The U.S.A State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Nigeria of twelve (12) A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and weapons, including all associated training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, and hangar, facilities, and infrastructure required to support the program.  The estimated total case value is $593 million.

These aircraft offer improved targeting capabilities, allowing Nigeria to more effectively lead the fight against Boko Haram and the ISIS West Africa branch, while also potentially reducing risks of collateral damage and civilian casualties.  The training included in this comprehensive package would help build the skills and procedures to effectively and responsibly operate the aircraft in accordance with international human rights law and the law of armed conflict.

Nigeria is a strategic partner of the United States, as they continue to work closely together on security matters. We provide a range of assistance to the Nigerian security services, including advisors, intelligence, training, and related support activities.

The United States is committed to working with Nigeria and its neighbors to combat Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa. This proposed sale is one element of a broader effort to help our regional partners protect civilians, respond to the humanitarian emergency in the region, and restore governance in the affected areas.

source: U.S. Department of State

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