Sierra Nevada Corp. has been awarded a $329 million undefinitized contract action (UCA) to supply 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force.
The aircraft was ordered by Nigeria under the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) route with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as the contracting activity.
In addition to the 12 aircraft, this contract provides for ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support, and five field service representatives for OCONUS support for three years.
Foreign military sales (FMS) funds in the amount of around $220 million are being obligated at the time of award. The total not-to-exceed amount of the UCA is approved at around $344.7 million to include a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) System for six of the aircraft. This piece is projected to be funded soon after UCA award.
Contract work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed May 2024.
The sale of 12 A-29s and weapons, with an estimated total case value is $593 million, to Nigeria was approved by the U.S. State Department in August last year. These aircraft will support Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF) military operations against terrorist organizations Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, and Nigerian efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.
Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano (ALX or A-29) is a turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano basic trainer aircraft.
Super Tucano can be used for counter-insurgency (COIN), close air support (CAS), and aerial reconnaissance missions in low-threat environments, as well as providing pilot training.
Designed to operate in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain, the Super Tucano is highly maneuverable, has a low heat signature, and incorporates fourth-generation avionics and weapons systems to deliver precision-guided munitions (PGM).
The A-29 has accrued more than 40,000 combat hours in military theaters around the globe and is the only aircraft in its class with a U.S. Air Force military type certificate. The A-29 has been selected by 14 air forces on three continents and is the only certified, combat proven light attack aircraft currently in production.