SNC Confirms Nigerian AF Super Tucano Order

A pair of Brazilian Air Force (FAB) A-29B Super Tucano aircraft fly low over the Amazon region. In addition to the 12 new A-29Bs ordered by the Nigerian Air Force, Brazilian Government approval was also given in 2017 for the acquisition by the NAF of three second-hand FAB aircraft, although these have yet to materialise and their current status is unknown. FAB/AFA/Sgt Johnson

SIERRA NEVADA Corporation (SNC) has confirmed that it has been awarded a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, in association with its partner Embraer Defense and Security, to supply 12 Embraer A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft to join the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) inventory.  SNC formally announced the deal last Wednesday, February 6, although it had been awarded on November 28 last year as a $329,076,750 undefinitized contract action (UCA) by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.  FMS funds to the value of $220,167,735 were initially released at the time of contract award.

A total not-to-exceed amount of $344,727,439 for the UCA has been approved to include a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system for six of the aircraft.  The additional funding for the FLIR system was expected to be released soon after the initial award.  In addition to the 12 aircraft, the contract provides for ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, contiguous US interim contractor support, in-country contractor logistic support and five field service representatives for in-country support for three years.

The aircraft will be assembled in Jacksonville, Florida, on the Embraer A-29 production line, with additional modifications carried out at SNC’s facility in Centennial, Colorado.  The contract is expected to be completed May 2024.

Earlier, in a statement on February 8, 2017, the NAF had announced that the Brazilian Government had approved the sale of three operational ex-Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian Air Force) A-29s.  They were to be transferred to Embraer Defense and Security for onward delivery to the NAF.  A team of NAF personnel was due to go to Brazil to inspect the aircraft and once legal procedures had been completed, they were expected to be transferred to Nigeria, but there has been no evidence to date of their arrival.