Pentagon notifies Congress of $593
million military sale to Nigeria
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[August 29, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon
notified the U.S. Congress on Monday of the sale to Nigeria of 12 Super
Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million, which the West
African country wants for its fight against the militant group Boko
The move on the sale, which included thousands of bombs and rockets and
was originally agreed by former President Barack Obama's administration,
was announced by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with
reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made
by Brazil's Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a
partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of
The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go
much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt &
Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.
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The Obama administration delayed the deal after incidents including
the Nigerian Air Force's bombing of a refugee camp in January that
killed 90 to 170 civilians.
President Donald Trump has said he plans to go ahead with foreign
defense sales delayed under Obama by human rights concerns.
(Reporting by Mike Stone; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by
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