In a bid to flush out terrorism and banditry, the Nigerian Air Force has received the last set of A-29 Super Tucano Turboprop aircraft from the United States.
The number of A-29 Super Tucano Turboprop aircraft received was 12 and the aircraft arrived in the country at the Mallam Aminu Kano International airport
The A-29 Super Tucano is suitable for intermediate and advanced combat flying training, air superiority operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), armed killzone, counterinsurgency, and unconventional warfare.
U.S. Department of Defense officials were present at the handing over ceremony to receive the last batch of the fighter jets at the Presidential Air Fleet Apron, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, r said: “This ceremony symbolizes the strength of our unique partnership and underscores the value of training and working together,”
Mr Amao, an air marshal, also chipped in and noted that the Super Tucano aircraft alone cannot do the fight without the ground troops as it would take collective efforts from the army before the bandits can be defeated.
He said: “Yes the Super Tucanos have brought in a lot of bites to the fight and I can tell you for a fact that as we speak now, the airplanes are operating in the North-east.
“I also want to clarify something here that air power alone cannot win this war, it will take a collective efforts like the Chief of Defence Staff has said, the military, civil society organisations, and all other stakeholders.
“So while the Super Tucano is going to play a very prominent role, let’s not sit back and think that the Super Tucano also is going to end this war. It is not going to happen, it is going to be a collective effort,”