USA to sell combat aircraft to Nigeria


ABUJA The United States has agreed to sell fighter jets to Nigeria to help in its fight against Boko Haram and talks underway include possible U.S. assistance in training, surveillance and military intelligence sharing, a senior Nigerian military official said on Monday.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that the U.S. has agreed to sell some fighter jets to us to support in the ongoing insurgency war,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The ongoing negotiation is not only in the supply of fighter jets but also assistance in training, surveillance and military intelligence,” the official added.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah in Abuja; Writing by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by James Dalgleish)

One response to “USA to sell combat aircraft to Nigeria

  1. Michael Fleshman

    A0 couple of things. First the US administration has agreed to sell Nigeria aircraft, but not fighters and not jets. They are A-29 Super Tucano light ground attack aircraft, propeller driven, and equipped to deliver both guided and unguided bombs and missiles. Its pricey: press reports put the package at $600 million US for 12 planes, spares and training and maintenance. Given the Nigerian Air force’s past record of indiscrimately attacking civilian targets, including, infamously, a camp for displaced people, there is still a chance the sale will be blocked on human rights grounds, which has blocked the sale for the past two years. The aircraft are useless against Boko Haram’s current tactic of sending individual suicide bombers into urban centers. It may be useful in mopping up the remnants of Boko Haram’s military forces scattered in Sambisa and elsewhere. The real way forward given the improved seciruty situation in the region, is humanitarian aid and decent governance. That $600 million may well be better spent on those than on warplanes.

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