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US agrees to sell fighter warplanes to Nigeria.

US agrees to sell fighter warplanes to Nigeria.

The United States has agreed to sell 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons to Nigeria; the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, made this public with presentation of  ‘Letters of Offer and Acceptance, LOA’, in respect of the A29 Super Tucano Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force, NAF.

The LOA represents the official U.S. government offer to sell U.S. defense systems and services to the Nigerian government.

The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria presented letters of offer and acceptance to Nigeria’s air force earlier on Wednesday, the air force said in a statement.  It said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale and final agreements would be signed and necessary payments made before Feb. 20, 2018.  There was no immediate statement from the U.S. embassy or from authorities in Washington.

U.S. ambassador, Stuart Symington, made the LOA presentation to the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, said that peaceful existence in Nigeria was strategic to the security of the entire West African Sub-Region in particular and the entire world at large.

U.S. government and Nigerian Air Force officials would meet in early January to discuss the early delivery of the aircraft once payment had been made, the Nigerian air force said.  The sale of the 12 aircraft, with weapons and services, is worth $593 million, and includes thousands of bombs and rockets.

According to Reuters, the propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance, surveillance and attack capabilities is made by Brazil’s Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.  The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.

Accordingly, Mr. Symington expressed the commitment of the U.S. government to helping Nigeria completely defeat the Boko Haram terrorists and also eliminate all forms of terrorism from its territory.

Speaking further, he said: ‘the U.S. government would therefore continue to support the NAF in its capacity building efforts, including the timely supply of needed aircraft spares’.

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