See How Many Jets US Will Give Nigeria To Fight Boko Haram
Is Boko Haram insurgency not ending any time soon?
It appears there are more years to battle the dreaded terrorist group that has attacked communities in the north eastern part of Nigeria for more than eight years now.
On Sunday, the U.S. said it would in 2020, about two years from now, deliver 12 Super Tucano fighter jets and other weapons it agreed to sell to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram insurgents and other extremist groups.
A senior U.S. Department of State official made the disclosure during a background briefing with selected reporters at the U.S. Consul General’s Residence on Sunday in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The official, who confirmed that the Nigerian government had paid for the war planes, said sale of the aircraft with weapons and services was worth over $400 million, including bombs and rockets.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance, surveillance and attack capabilities is made by Brazil’s Embraer.
Embraer’s second production line is in Florida in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.
The Super Tucano is said to cost more than $10 million each and the price could go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.
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