Air force Super Tucano war jet arrives Nigeria
Few days after the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) lost its Alpha jet to terrorists, first batch of Nigeria Air force’s A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have arrived Kano, today.
It touched Nigerian soil at around 12.34.p.m.
Air force spokesman, Edward Gabkwet, an Air Commodore who made the disclosure said: “On hand to receive the aircraft were the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.”
The A-29 is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano.
The A-29 Super Tucano carries a wide variety of weapons, including precision-guided munitions, and was designed to be a low-cost system operated in low-threat environments.
Few days ago, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) lost its Alpha jet to terrorists.
It also lost Beechcraft King350 aircraft to a mishap that claimed the lives of former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Attahiru and ten other senior officers.
The new aircraft is one of the six aircraft expected to leapfrog through 5 countries of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving their final destination in Nigeria.
Deadly plane crashes in military operations had raised concerns over safety of the airspace in general.
Aviation stakeholders had said though the development was a blight on Nigeria’s safety record in global aviation, the sequence of occurrences raises a “red flag” to warrant new precautionary measures to avert more disasters, especially as the rainy season is on.
Experts had specifically called for an independent investigation of all recent crashes in military operations, public disclosure of findings and recommendations, a Marshall Plan of action and proper funding for military operations as critical arms of security and the economy.
Prior to the last Alpha jet crash, a similar NAF203 plane crash that killed the Chief of Army Staff and 10 others, had occurred, Also, a Beechcraft King350 airplane (NAF201) had crashed in February killing all eight officers onboard.
A few months ago, a Nigerian Air force fighter jet was declared missing and suspected to have crashed. While Boko Haram claimed to have shot it down, the military spoke in denial.
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