The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, today 22 July 2021 at about 12.34 pm.
On hand to receive the aircraft were the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HAMPERS-SHARING SUPER TUCANO AIRCRAFT JUST ACQUIRED BY NIGERIA UNDER PRESIDENT BUHARI.
The aircraft is fitted with two central mission computers.
The integrated weapon system includes software for weapon aiming, weapon management, mission planning, and mission rehearsal. The onboard recording is used for post-mission analysis.
There are five hardpoints for carrying weapons, and the aircraft is capable of holding a maximum external load of 1,500kg.
The aircraft is armed with two wing-mounted 12.7mm machine guns with a rate of fire of 1,100 rounds a minute and is capable of carrying general-purpose bombs and guided air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. Brazilian AF aircraft are armed with the MAA-1 Piranha short-range infrared-guided air-to-air missile from Orbita.
The two-seat AT-29 is fitted with a forward-looking infrared AN/AAQ-22 SAFIRE turret on the underside of the fuselage.
The SAFIRE thermal imaging system supplied by FLIR Systems is for targeting, navigation, and target tracking. The system allows the aircraft to carry out night surveillance and attack missions.