Washington, D.C., USA. August 29th: The United States Department of Defence, The Pentagon, on Monday, August 28th, informed the US Congress of the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft and weapons valued at $593m (₦181bn) to Nigeria to fight the militants sect in the northern part of Nigeria. The Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency made the announcement of the notification to the US legislature.
The Super Tucano A-29, “an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities is made by Brazil’s Embraer.”
Nigeria is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion the deal with Nigeria. The Pentagon added that the arrangement would call for Nigeria purchasing up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear. Nigeria is expected to cough out $600m for the weapons and aircraft.
Embraer’s Super Tucano – a single-engine, stepped-tandem, multi-purpose military turboprop – delivers both training and operational effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. It offers advanced solutions for basic to early advanced and weapons familiarization training, such as in-flight virtual training, and also provides the superb operational characteristics required for successful internal security operation support and counter-campain (COIN) missions.
As a result of its unique design, the Super Tucano is ideally suited to cope with the Information Warfare environment. In Brazil, it operates within the latest and most sophisticated surveillance system implemented in the world — the Amazon Surveillance Program or SIVAM. The aircraft flies in border surveillance missions, pursuing and intercepting aerial targets. It is capable of receiving and transmitting data through its embedded, state-of-the-art data-link systems.
Photo: Super Tucano A-29 aircraft in flight
Super Tucano offers advanced solutions for basic to early advanced and weapons familiarization training, such as in-flight virtual training and also provides the superb operational characteristics required for successful internal security, operation support and counter-campain (COIN) missions.