The United States is likely to sell its Super Tucano attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). In addition to this, the NAF will also be inducting Mi-35 helicopters and JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft and Super Mushsack trainers.
“The US would soon authorize the sale of the Super Tucano Aircraft which would be used to replace the nation’s ailing Alpha jets,” the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, was quoted as saying by Punch, a Nigerian news daily Wednesday.
Famuyiwa quoted the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as having said that the facilities of NAF were expanded as a result of the proposed fleet acquisition.
“NAF, at present, is on the verge of inducting the Mi-35M helicopter gunship and JF-17 Thunder Fighter Ground Attack aircraft in addition to acquiring the Super Mushshack trainer aircraft. There are also strong indications that the US Government may give the nod sooner than expected with regards to the sale of Super Tucano to NAF to replace the aging Alpha Jets,” Abubakar said.