Nigerian Super Tucano contract finalised

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer have confirmed Nigeria’s contract for 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be built at SNC’s Jacksonville, Florida facility and modified in Centennial, Colorado. Work is expected to be completed in May 2024. The $329 million contract was placed with SNC by the US Department of Defense (DoD) in November 2018 but confirmed by the two manufacturers in February this year.

The initial contract amount covers the aircraft, but the Nigerian Air Force will also get weapons and sensors under separate contracts – six of the aircraft will receive AAQ- 22F sensors and laser designator turrets. On February 6 the DoD confirmed that Nigeria will be getting the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), which upgrades 2.75 inch (70mm) rockets into laser-guided weapons. With Paveway II guided bombs, APKWS rockets, 0.50 calibre (12.7mm) ammunition and sensors, the total value of the Nigerian deal increases to $593 million.