The first A-29 Super Tucano destined for the Air Force of Nigeria (NAF, in its acronym in English) was exhibited showing a painting scheme of jungle, allusion to the predominant vegetation in the African country.
The attack aircraft is produced by Embraer Defense & Security in conjunction with the North American Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), under a contract for twelve aircraft.
In addition to the first Super Tucano with a final painting scheme, five other units are in the process of being modified at the Moody airbase in Georgia. The training for pilots and NAF mechanics also takes place at the site, which are preparing for the receipt of the planes by the end of this year.
The Super Tucano has become a major attraction for developing countries that are looking to modernize their combat fleet with a focus on counter-insurgency operations and with low acquisition and operation costs. The aircraft was designed to serve advanced training missions, close air support operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), against insurgency and military warfare scenarios.
The contract also provides for the inclusion of ground training systems, mission planning systems, spare parts, as well as logistical support in the United States and other countries that have representatives.