One of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano warrior jets requested from America will be conveyed to Nigeria by June 2021.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar uncovered this Wednesday during the initiation of officials convenience and a 1.3-kilometer street at NAF Base Kainji, Niger.
He said the base is being situated to get and proficiently uphold the A-29 Super Tucano airplane which is relied upon to show up in the nation towards the finish of the second quarter of 2021.
Nigeria paid for the 12 Super Tucano and other weapons in April 2018, at a cost of $462million. The entire cost may rise to $593 million.
But delivery of all the aircraft being built by Sierra Nevada Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida, will be in 2024.
The planes are needed to combat Boko Haram insurgency in the north east of the country.
The contract to build them was announced by U.S. Defence Department on 28 November and is worth $329m for the aircraft, although the total not-to-exceed amount is approved at $344.7m.
It will include Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems for six of the aircraft for six of the aircraft.
It also included Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets, 12.7 mm ammunition, unguided bombs and infrared sensors.
In addition to the 12 aircraft, the contract provides for ground training equipment, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and support services.
The Nigerian Air Force in December 2017 received letters of offer and acceptance for the Super Tucano deal.
Based on an earlier request, Nigeria will be getting AN/AAQ-22F electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor and laser designator turrets systems.