The Federal Government has concluded a plan to induct the six (6) newly acquired 29 Super Tucano fighter jets into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)
The Director of Public Relations and Information,
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet announced the planned induction ceremony in a statement in Abuja.
Air Commodore Gabkwet disclosed that the induction ceremony of the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Order of Battle is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 at the 011 Presidential Air Fleet Apron, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
, Abuja by 10.00 am.
He further revealed that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, will preside over the induction ceremony as the Special Guest of Honour.
“As part of programmes lined up for the induction ceremony, a symbolic flypast will be performed by some of the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft within the vicinity of the induction ceremony,” the statement said.
The NAF Spokesperson recalled that the first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived Kano, Nigeria on 22 July 2021.
He also noted that on arrival, the aircraft were received by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), alongside the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
Air Commodore Gabkwet concluded that the second batch of the remaining 6 A-29 Super Tucanos are expected in Nigeria before the end of 2021.
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