One would have thought that the fighter jet that America agreed to sell Nigeria was to ensure victory against Boko Haram in the north-east.

But it is now obvious that the jet maybe delivered long after the terror war may have been won or lost.

Or perhaps the Nigerian government doesn’t believe the war would have been over in the next 6 years.

If not, how can one explain that Nigeria’s military will not be able to receive the already paid-for 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft until 2024 from the United States?

Reports said the United States Department of Defence has just awarded a $329 million contract to the Sierra Nevada Corporation to manufacture the planes for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), months after Nigeria paid for them.

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defence.co.za reported that the contract was announced on 28 November and is worth $329 million for the aircraft, although the total not-to-exceed amount is approved at $344.7 million.

It will include Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems for six of the aircraft. These systems will be funded soon after the initial contract award, the website said.

In addition to the 12 aircraft, the contract provides for ground training equipment, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and support services.

Nigeria paid $462 million for the aircraft and a host of other accessories and weapons in April.

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