U.S. approves sale of N219 billion attack planes to Nigeria

American fighter plane used to illustrate the story [Photo: Pinterest]
American fighter plane used to illustrate the story [Photo: Pinterest]

The United State government has approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack aircraft worth N219 billion ($600 million) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has pushed forward plan to sell the attack planes to Nigeria after it was suddenly suspended by the Barack Obama administration following the January bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State.

The sale of the planes was part of the issues discussed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr. Trump during the maiden phone call last February.

U.S. officials confirmed on Wednesday that the State Department notified Congress that the sale has been approved. U.S. Lawmakers now have a 30-day window to debate the proposal and try to block the sale. It is however unlikely the proposal will be blocked.

The sources also said the Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.

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 six engine.

The decision to sell the aircraft will come as a boost to the Nigeria military who are dealing with a renewed wave of attack from the extremist sect.


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  • bigbang

    They are not attack jets. They are trainer jets with light attack capabilities. You should rewrite this propaganda article.

    • Charles

      OK USA approved to sell little attack planes to Nigeria.

      • Julius

        lmaoooo, good response !

      • bigbang

        The planes are good for surveillance and training and maybe take out a small terrorist cell. They are not high tech or to be used in a major conflict against a F16 or SU 30. Even Uganda SU 27 will shoot it down from several kilometers away.

    • Julius

      light attack capabilities ?

  • Factura

    @disqus_saR3RDCGDF:disqus

    Despite attack planes and cluster bombs…….

    There are now 28 million un-employed youths inside Nigeria today – a staggering figure equal to the

    entire population of Ghana; a neighbouring West African country, according to a latest official bulletin

    issued by the federal Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The new jobless figure in Nigeria today is over half

    the whole population of Nigeria at independence on October 1st, 1960.

  • FreeNigeria

    Wow, you are not serious, Nigeria is buying 6 Brazilian made trainer propeller planes for N219 billion ($600 million). Are you kidding me? in 2017? when USA sold or gave away F16 planes to Pakistan 10 years ago. Wow wow wow Nigeria is a truly a dead country with the God Forsaken bastard worthless people running this country. i weep for my country.

    • Guest

      Go and weep for the land of biafafraud, idiota! Nigeria will be great!!

  • Domingos

    …and the block and dumb heads we have in power have no clue how Nigeria can industrialize and compete favourably with Europe and America. For all they care we black men CAN NEVER be able to make a plane or Jet fighter. So they import Wines, Tooth picks, Matches, Cars, Bullet proof vests, Shoes, Belts, Socks, designer Pants, Wrist Watches, Condoms, bottled Water, Window Blinds, Furniture, Baby Food, Biscuits, etc…and not to forget the deadly GM (Genetically Modified) Foods banned in Europe and America, chief among them being Apples. So the US makes money out of the pitiable Nigerian situation. None of our politicians is smart enough see the tread…and to realize that after every G7 or G8 or G20 meeting so many of the member countries begin to sell Arms to their colonies i.e., enslaved countries led by unthinking dumb and brainless personalities who will even glory and pride in the fact that they are privileged to buy weapons from the Masters. It has no other name, it is called MUMUDITY!

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    That has come out of the U.S. Air Force College Failed State report for 2030. Nigeria’s military will be kept ‘marginally capable’ and what better way to do that than to kept importing used planes that can only track activity and maybe help put down internal rebellions. This would ensure that Nigeria would never be a major African power ever again.

  • Dan arewa

    ipod or wetin be una name fire fire fire peppe peppe oloshi ugo se peppe

  • bigbang

    This is weak propaganda. Why don’t you use the right picture for the plane that they are selling to us. That picture is not the Tucano. The Tucano look like one of those old propeller planes.