Chief of Air Staff, Air Mshl Sadique Abubakar recently met with Brig. Gen Mark D Camerer, Brig. Gen, the Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses for HQ U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, for deliberation on the purchase of Super Tucano aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Reuters reported in May that the U.S. was seeking to approve a sale of as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria, to aid the battle against the extremist group Boko Haram.
The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano also named ALX or A-29 is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency (COIN), close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training. It is designed to operate in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain, the Super Tucano is highly maneuverable, has a low heat signature, incorporates fourth generation avionics and weapons system to deliver precision guided munitions.