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Brazil approves sale of three Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria

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World Defense & Security News - Nigeria
 
 
Brazil approves sale of three Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria
 
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Defence and Security Ltd disclosed that the Brazilian Government has given approval for the sale of its three serviceable pre-owned Super Tucano A-29 light attack aircraft to Nigeria, the Nigerian Air Force announced on Feb. 8, 2017.
     
Brazil approves sale of three used Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria 640 001Two EMB 134 Super Tucano light multirole aircraft
(Credit: Embraer)
     
The acquisition of this aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is expected to boost its operational capabilities in tackling insurgence and militancy in the country.

Conveying the approval to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Mshl Sadique Abubakar at the NAF Headquarters Abuja, the Embraer Contract Negotiator, Mr Eneias de Souza Freitas said, “the Brazilian Ministry of Defence has informed them that approval for the sell of three Super Tucano A-29 aircraft to Nigeria has been given,” adding that Brazilian government has authorized its Air Force to transfer the aircraft to Embraer Defence and Security, for onward delivering to the NAF.

Mr Freitas further said that the legal requirement and procedures were being finalized by the Brazilian Air Force while promising to facilitate the legal process “this is of concerned to us, we will for sure take your message back to the people with the legal procedures to quicken the process.” Mr Freitas said.

Meanwhile, the CAS disclosed that the idea by the NAF to acquire Super Tucano A-29 aircraft was mooted in 2015 and appropriated in the 2016 Budget. He urged the company to facilitate the procurement process to enable the NAF take delivering of the aircraft within reasonable time.

The CAS added that a team of NAF officers would visit Brazil to further inspect the aircraft. Nigeria also intends to purchase new Super Tucano A-29 aircraft from the United State. Mr Freitas was accompanied by the Embraer Director of Business Development, Europe and Africa, Mr Jose Gustavo.

The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano is a turboprop light attack aircraft designed for counter insurgency (COIN), close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training.

A 1,600 SHP Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68/3 turboprop engine that incorporates FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and EICAS (Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System) powers the aircraft. The Super Tucano is in service with a dozen countries around the World, including US, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and Afghanistan.