Pentagon Notifies US Congress of Sale of 12 Fighter Aircraft, Other Weapons Worth $593m to Nigeria

Super Tucano aircraft

Davidson Iriekpen with agency report

The U.S. Department of Defence has notified its Congress of the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million to Nigeria for the fight against Boko Haram.

The move on the sale, which included thousands of bombs and rockets and was originally agreed by former President Barack Obama’s administration, was announced by the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on August 2.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.

A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.
The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.

The Obama administration had delayed the deal after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians.
But President Donald Trump had said he planned to go ahead with foreign defence sales delayed under Obama by human rights concerns.

The DSCA delivered their certification of the foreign military sale to the US Congress, as required by law, on August 2, according to United Press International.
The twelve A-29s, equipped with wing-mounted machine guns, weapons integration with advanced surveillance… precision-guided bombs, and even air-to-air missiles, are expected to be used by Nigeria to combat the Boko Haram insurgents and other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group.

They will also serve to counter smuggling and other trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.
The DSCA has determined that U.S. security interests are served by assisting Nigeria in its counter-insurgency operations and that the A-29 sale will not significantly alter the military balance of power in the region.

The contract will require U.S. government or private contractors to provide training and support, and will include instruction on rules of engagement and human rights to help prevent civilian casualties.

  • Omooba

    Propeller-driven plane to fight terrorists. Eh!! I dey laugh. Not even antiquated MIGs. Oh, Buhari. O ma se o.

  • remm ieet

    Nothing is wrong with Nigeria buying jet fighters. This is pure business. They know you cannot run a state without weapons to fight the enemy. It’s just that they define who the enemy is and give us the weapons to prosecute their war. We have never manufactured such weapons in our lives. We are people of peace. They sell weapons, we sell holy water. When reality bites, they step in to ‘help’, and profit from our clumsy mess.

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  • Jon West

    Chad has advanced Sukhoi 35CM fighter jets, the same configuration the Russians use in Syria. A poor country like Chad and a better fighter against Boko Haram. In Nigeria, as usual, very low quality, incredibly corrupt, and low ambition, we go to the USA to buy a Brazilian modified agricultural crop-duster, because perhaps there could be rent-seeking opportunities and the usual underhand deals.

    60 years after setting up a Defence Industries Corporation, same time as the Brazilians and Indians, we are still going cap in Hand , begging for weapons and even ordinary bullets , to fight a rag tag insurgency, and this fifty years after the Biafrans mastered the same aircraft conversion on a similar Minicon crop duster procured by the legendary Swiss daredevil pilot and humanitarian, Count Von Rosen, now of beloved memory.
    I vividly remember the Biafran Babies, taking off from the road in Uga, Anambra state in 968, and the bombing the hell out of the static Nigerian Mig17 fighter planes in Benin, Enugu and Markurdi Airports, destroying them on the ground, like the Israelis did during the 1967 six-day war with the Arabs.

    When will this famished country, ruled by the ignorant in military fatigues do the right thing and save the face of the largest country in Africa and the hope of many Black people? They cannot use their proven local military resources, just because the people with the expertise are of the “wrong” stock, now we disgrace ourselves in the international arena, by buying modified crop dusters, using Middle men, in a military transaction that should be between two developing countries and contracted in total silence.
    Chai, chai, chai, this country is a real laughing stock. President Debby of Chad must be chuckling in Njamena. “Mighty” Nigeria being taken to the cleaners all around.

    • Dan

      For someone that doesn’t care about the Zoo, why are you drinking Panadol on top their headache ? I mean, who cares about the fact that Nigeria bought crop dusters. They are going to be just as effective against Niger Delta Militants, IPOB, Shiites and Boko Haram anyways !!! Lol !!!

      • Anusa peter Ogar

        Myopic submissions​, please jettison whatever parochial inclination you may be imbued with especially on issues of this kind, but again, you just be one of the paid media propagandist, I apologise if I may be wrong which I inwardly dispute.

    • Chad, Cameroun, Mali and Cote D’voire all have French -made air and seacrafts, all manned by French nationals.
      Brazil, a G-20 member with a majority white populat

      • E don do Niaja

        Let us call the British back to recolonize us. What a mindset! We are importing Keke into Nigeria or rather assembling Keke. We have failed over the years to effectively run Ajaokuta out of which billionaires emerged, and here you are talking majority white! You have been defeated psychologically and nothing one can do about it.

        • yinka

          Ajaokuta is obsolete investment and will be eventually sold as a scrap metal in the future. Even the days of NNPC Refineries are numbered. All of them will be junk in 5 years. Unless a leader sell the damn things to private investors now that they have some value on them,

        • Jon West

          That is why the Europeans and Asians love these sahelian ragheads and will always help them to undermine the rest of us in all economic and other matters. They have accepted their inferior status in the global economy and technology matters, and are angry and surprised that the Igbo especially, are too ambitious to even contemplate competition with the white man and Asians.
          There lies the call for a seperation from these people, hence IPOB and Biafra. We cant all be slaves and satisfied with being beggars, hewers of wood and fetchers of water.

      • yinka

        I do not understand your point because what you wrote is incoherent. Many of us who are Nigeria-American Engineer in USA are doing as well as our white counterpart in our profession. A Nigeria was the lead engineer in the advance camera technology in smart missile that was used in Dessert storm. The issue is not about Nigeria lacking manpower to design a rocket or missile, it is about mission of the government in Africa.

        • Adisa Oloko

          That’s y blacks are not intelligent as a race. There definitely individual brilliancy but what are you as a team? Nothing! What has your brilliance abroad done to Africa or nigeria! You are as mighty and intelligence as snake yet ants achieved better. The Bible says ” you laggard, go and learn ways of the ant”. You are too selfish and too unintelligent to be organized as a race. White will continue to rule over you and employ you to build their industries while you will continue to sell your brothers, steal your children inheritance and greedily keep the money in white man country to spend for you fools!

        • Pluti

          Guess you are not matured enough for a startup tech company of your own in Africa… just so y’all should know, kids grow, Africa is growing it will take a longer time cos of foolish crop of leadership but eventually it will grow.

      • Anusa peter Ogar

        Please drop this thinking of yours. your kind of mentality is the reason why PMB would abandon his own country on medical ground. Self believe, self reliance, self development is key to attaining national developmental objectives in all fronts, race has absolutely nothing to do with development as alluded. Wake up and let’s collectively make Nigeria great by allowing the right persons with the right abilities (educational qualification with requisite skills) to mount position of authority irrespective of ethno-religious or other primordial considerations and we are good to go. Right now that is greatly lacking.

  • Enyi

    Good! The war on terrorism will be seamless now

    • Anusa peter Ogar

      My friend don’t be deceived, the acquisition of whatever weapon especially from the US or UK might not be for the fight against the insurgents but rather it may be a ploy to gradually arm the Nigerian military against sessional agitations going on. The US and Britain have specific interest, the multinational companies operating in the country must be protected.