The timeline for the A-29 Super Tucano is detailed in this article, from the time the deal was made to the date of delivery, which has been scheduled for July 2021.
A-29 Super Tucano
The aircraft is equipped with a variety of weapons, including precision-guided munitions, bombs, rockets, and machine guns, to carry out these missions.
With over 230,000 flight hours and 30,000 combat hours under its belt after more than a decade of service, the Super Tucano has a stellar track record. The A-29 Super Tucano is currently used by ten air powers, according to Embraer.
Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano contract
The Super Tucano deal had its own set of problems. In 2015, the Armed Forces made the decision to replace the ailing Alpha jet platform with the newer A-29 Super Tucano, but the US rejected the deal, citing human rights concerns with the military. In January 2015, the US also prevented Goodluck Jonathan from purchasing Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Bell AH-1Z helicopters from Israel.
Nigeria's A-29 Super Tucano Deal's Worth
Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets, 12.7 mm bullets, unguided bombs, and infrared sensors were included in the $593 million contract.
The current Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract will also include ground training technologies, mission preparation systems, mission debriefing systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, and US contingency equipment, in addition to the aircraft.
Arms for the A-29 Super Tucano
After one of its integral weapon systems, the AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), shot down a drone during training at the Air Combat Command's 85 Test and Evaluation Squadron Eglin Air Force Base in 2019, the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft acquired the capability to shoot down helicopters, cruise missiles, and light aircraft.
The AGR-20A was designed as a low-cost, low-collateral-damage air-to-ground weapon, but due to its short range and poor weather conditions, it can only be used at short range and in good weather.
The GBU-58 Paveway II guided bombs and the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) are also part of the weapons kit for the 12 Nigerian Air Force Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light strike aircraft.
The A-29 Super Tucano of the Nigerian Air Force made its maiden flight.
Last year, the first Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops conducted its maiden flight at the Florida production facility on 17 April.
Jackson Schneider, president & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security stated during the flight that,
“the aircraft met or exceeded all the requirements and we are very pleased with the successful flight,” stated Ed Topps, vice president of Tactical Aircraft Systems and programs for SNC’s IAS business area.
“SNC and our partner, Embraer, are certain the Nigerian Air Force will be pleased with these aircraft.”
“US Air Force advisors will provide flying, aircraft maintenance, and ground training device instructors and operators to support training of Nigerian personnel.“
Approximately 100 Nigerian military, civilians, and contractors were trained in Moody air base to support training on 12 aircraft; they would later become instructors.
Nigerian A-29 Super Tucano facilities
The US Air Force then started building the infrastructure needed to sustain Nigeria's new A-29 Super Tucano air wing. The US Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate's Foreign Military Sales Construction Division awarded the $36.1 million contract to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District.
Hackers expose confidential information on Nigeria's A-29 Super Tucano
Samples of employee details, business contracts, images of flight simulations, and source code, among other things, were stolen from the site in the early hours of December 30.
According to ZDNet, 4.4 MB of data from Nigeria's A-29 Program was also stolen and shared on the dark web by RansomExx (also known as Defray777), a ransomware group.
The A-29 Super Tucano of the Nigerian Air Force is about to be delivered.
Adewale Adelakun, the United States of Europe District Project Engineer, started setting up his office in November 2020 and is now fully operational.
“To be there on the continent is a huge step forward in order to deliver high quality construction to our stakeholders,” Adelakun said.
The United States is working to deliver A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria's Armed Forces, and Nigerian pilots are currently receiving instruction on the aircraft from US Air Force Pipers.