The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will take delivery of the first six of a total 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft in mid-2021.

SNC and Embraer Defense & Security received a contract from NAF in December 2018 to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.

The contract includes ground training devices, mission planning systems, ground equipment, spares and other related support. The aircraft will be delivered in two batches.

The A-29 Super Tucano will support flight and combat training, close air support operations, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), armed over-watch, counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.

Currently, the aircraft has been chosen by 15 airforces worldwide.

NAF will take delivery of the second batch before the end of the year.

In April last year, Embraer and SNC announced the completion of the inaugural flight of the first of 12 A-29 aircraft.

The full fleet of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is being manufactured by SNC and Embraer at the Jacksonville facility in Florida, US.

The companies also revealed photographs of a NAF A-29 Super Tucanos painted in a ‘jungle paint scheme’.

This aircraft will undergo mission modification and final testing. NAF pilots will train in the aircraft prior to its delivery.

Among the first batch of six aircraft, five NAF A-29s are already at Moody Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia, US, for pilot and maintainer training.