An Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano soars over Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2015. The A-29 is the Afghan Air Force's latest attack airframe in their inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)


The Nigeria Air Force said on Thursday it has taken 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, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

According to Gabkwet, the aircraft arrived at Kano, at about 12.34 p.m.

He said the officials that received the aircraft included the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Oladayo Amao.

NAF had indicated last week that the first batch of the Super Tucano aircraft would arrive Nigeria from the United States at the end of July.

The Force had also stated that air fighters from Nigeria had gone to the U.S. to receive additional training on the usage and the applications of the fighter jets.

The aircraft are expected to aid the fight against insecurity in the North-east and other parts of the country.

Commodore Gabkwet said an induction ceremony for the newly acquired aircraft would be done in August.

Apart from the Tucano fighter jets, Nigeria is also expecting other fighter jets from Pakistan.

The NAF had lost several air fighters in the course of the fight against the insurgents and bandits who have been using anti-air missiles to bring down Nigerian jets.

The recent was the downing of Nigeria’s alpha jet during a raid on the bandits on Sunday in the Kaduna-Zamfara forest.

It will be the fourth air crashes involving Nigerian military planes in seven months.

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