NASS Team in America to Assess Progress on NAF A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft

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As part of their oversight functions, (NASS) Joint on Defence and Air are currently in the States of America (USA) on inspection tour of Embraer Defence Security Incorporated (EDSI), manufacturers of the Nigerian Air () A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Specifically, members of the joint are in the USA to assess the status and of work on the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

On arrival at EDSI yesterday, 27 May 2021, the NASS led by Senator Michael Nnachi, briefed on the of work on the A-29 Super Tucano and the scheduled date of delivery. While briefing the NASS , Colonel Authur Ford of the States Air Fighters and Advance Aircraft Directorate stated that 10 out of the 12 aircraft were ready for delivery while 2 were undergoing modification and integration to NAF specific operational configuration. He went on to state that 6 of the aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria in July 2021 while the remaining 6 be delivered before the end of October 2021.

The NASS assured that the aircraft, expected to play critical roles in the fight against insurgency and criminality, would be delivered as planned. Responding, Senator Michael Nnachi commended EDSI for the of work on the NAF A-29 Super Tucano. He however queried the long duration of time from the date of full to expected date of delivery, which he estimated to be between 3 to 4 years. In response, the Col Ford informed the team that the long duration due to the challenges of configuring the aircraft to fit NAF’s required specifications. The visiting team which also included Honourables Babajimi Benson, Shehu Koko, Abubakar Maki and Honourable Abass Adigun were received on arrival at Jacksonville, Florida by the Nigerian Defence Attaché to the USA, Air Commodore Jibrin Usman, the Lead Foreign Liaison on the A-29, Air Vice Marshal Sule Lawal and senior management staff EDSI. Edward Gabkwet Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force 27 May 2021