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Friday, 29 December 2017

Nigeria Air Force to Acquire War Aircraft from US for $593m


ABUJA (Caliphatemedia): The Nigerian Air Force recently made it public that it has concluded all arrangement to acquire from the United States’ an A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft by February 2018 for the sum of $593 million.
NAF made the disclosure when it received Letters of Offer and Acceptance from the United States of America through its Ambassador, Mr. Stuart Symington at the NAF Headquarter in Abuja.
The Letter of Acceptance (LOA) was presented to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Wednesday at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja.
The US had on August 3, 2017 given approval for the sale of 12 A-29 Tucano attack planes to Nigeria with its parts and weapons after it had gotten it had gotten production approval from the US congress.
The attack aircraft are expected to be deployed to the North-East to intensify the fight against Boko Haram insurgent.

According to the Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, he said, “In that regard, the US officials and the NAF will be meeting in January 2018 to jointly study the LOA prior to subsequent endorsements by both parties.
“It is expected that the LOA would have been signed and necessary payments made before 20 February, 2018 to ensure the commencement of production of the NAF’s Super Tucano Aircraft. The US had earlier approved the sale of the aircraft to NAF to further aid the nation’s counter-insurgency campaign.”
The US ambassador said peace in Nigeria was strategic to the security of the West African sub-region, noting that the US was committed to helping Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.
“The US government will continue to support NAF in its capacity-building efforts, including the timely supply of needed aircraft spares. The relevant US government officials are ready to work with NAF officials to facilitate the early delivery of the aircraft,” Symington said.
Payment for the said aircraft is expected to be made not late than February, according to NAF.

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