The United States Department of Defence has announced the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft and weapons to Nigeria has requested to assist in its fight against terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The Pentagon notified the U.S. Congress on Monday of the sale to Nigeria of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million, which the country needs to succeed in its fight against the militant group Boko Haram.
The move on the sale, which included thousands of bombs and rockets and was originally agreed by former President Barack Obama’s administration, was announced by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.
The warplanes 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.
The Obama administration delayed the deal after incidents of accusations of human rights abuse levelled against the Nigerian Army and the Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed between 90 to 170 civilians.
President Donald Trump however approved plans to go ahead with the foreign defense sales delayed under former President Obama.
According to Reuters, the department made the revelation of the $593m (N181bn) deal to the US Congress on Monday, August 29, 2017.
The agreement to sell the high-tech aircraft to Nigeria was made months ago in April, with terms of the sale still undisclosed to the public.