Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security, the two companies delivering a fleet of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack to the Nigerian Air Force, have released photos of one of the aircraft painted in a jungle paint scheme.
The painted jungle scheme NAF A-29 now moves on to mission modification at Moody Air Force Base. Following modification, before delivery, NAF pilots and maintenance personnel will further train in the aircraft.
Five NAF A-29 combat and reconnaissance aircraft are already at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia for pilot and maintainer training.
The Nigerian Air Force is preparing to take delivery of the first batch of six aircraft this summer while the second batch of six aircraft scheduled for delivery prior to the end of the year.
Construction of new facilities that will support the Nigerian Super Tucano fleet has also been underway since August 2020.
Nigeria’s first A-29 completed its inaugural flight at the production facility in Jacksonville, Florida in April 2020. After the first flight, the aircraft began mission modification and final testing in Centennial, Colorado.
The Super Tucano is capable of supporting basic and advanced flight and combat training, close air support operations, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), armed over-watch, counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.