By: Okosun Dennis
The Nigerian Airforce is set to induct the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Order of Battle.
In a statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in Abuja said that the ceremony would take place on Tuesday, 31st August 2021 at the 011 Presidential Air Fleet Apron, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by 10.00am.
The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour and preside over the induction ceremony.
As part of programmes lined up for the induction ceremony, a symbolic flypast will be performed by some of the newly acquired A-29 Super Tucano aircraft within the vicinity of the induction ceremony.
It would be recalled that the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived Kano, Nigeria on the 22nd July 2021.
On arrival, the aircraft were received by the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd), alongside the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
The second batch of the remaining six A-29 Super Tucanos are expected in Nigeria before the end of 2021.