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US Advances Super Tucano Aircraft Sale to Nigeria Through LOA

The U.S. government has moved to advance the sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, weapons and related equipment to Nigeria, DefenceWeb reported Tuesday.

Stuart Symington, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, presented on Dec. 27 a letter of offer and acceptance to Sadique Abubakar, head of the Nigerian air force, in order to facilitate the sale of the aircraft to the West African country.

The LOA came four months after the State Department approved Nigeria’s request to buy 12 Super Tucano planes under a potential $593 million foreign military sales agreement.

Sierra Nevada Corp. will serve as prime contractor in the proposed FMS transaction that also covers Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Paveway II laser-guidance kits, unguided rockets and other types of ammunition, sensors, spares, training and other support services.

U.S. and Nigerian officials will meet this month to examine the LOA.

Nigeria is expected to make payments prior to Feb. 20 to ensure the start of the aircraft production phase, the report added.

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