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Insurgency: Six Super Tucano aircraft leave US for Nigeria


A-29 Super Tucano aircraft

As insurgency and heightened insecurity continue to ravage the country, reports say six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft that were procured by the Federal Government have departed the United States of America en route Nigeria,

The report was confirmed by Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Edward Gabkwet, stated that the fighter jets departed from the US on Wednesday and are expected in Nigeria anytime soon.

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The statement was titled, ‘First Batch Of A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft Depart The United States Of America For Nigeria’.

It read in part, “The six 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.

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“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. The Office of the Director of Public Relations and Information remains open to any inquiry regarding the arrival and induction of the aircraft.”

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The fighter jets are expected to boost the operations of the military in its anti-terrorism war against Boko Haram and splinter group, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, in Nigeria’s North-East.