The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said that the first batch of six A-26 Super Tucano aircraft have departed the United States of America on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 enroute Nigeria.
In a statement on Thursday, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabwet said the aircraft will be leapfrogged through five countries before arriving Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.
The statement partly reads, “The first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft departed the United States of America on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 enroute Nigeria.
“The 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021.
“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,” the statement added.
Nigeria had in Nov. 2018 requested 12 aircraft from the United States at the cost of US$329 million to fight ongoing insecurity in the country.