Sierra Nevada Corporation, Embraer’s partner in the international career of the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, released images of the first units of the model heading towards Nigeria.
Nigerian Air Force planes were being used for training at Moody Air Base, from where they departed for the African continent.
The African country will receive 12 Super Tucanos by the end of the year, as part of a program funded by the US government. The first six planes were delivered in late July, but the SNC has just released the information.
The contract for the production of attack aircraft was signed in November 2018 for $329 million. The Nigerian Air Force has been undertaking a modernization and re-equipment process that has also included three Chengdu/PAC JF-17 fighters recently received.
Enhanced variant of the EMB-312 Tucano, the A-29 is operated by 16 countries, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chile and the Philippines.