3 August 2017 | Flight Global
US approves A-29 sale to Nigeria despite concerns
The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the previous administration over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians.
The department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sale on 2 August. The package includes the aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts and facilities to support the programme, according to a 3 August announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
In January 2017, a Nigerian Air Force fighter bombed a northeast refugee camp near the border with Cameroon, which reportedly killed at least 100 civilians. The attack prompted the Obama administration to put the Super Tucano sale on hold. The Trump Administration restarted the approval process a few months later, pushing for the sale to support Nigeria’s fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.
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