U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct $36.1m facility for Nigerian Air Force
The U.S. Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation (AFSAC) Directorate's foreign military sales construction division has awarded a $36.1 million contract to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, for construction of facilities to support an A-29 Super Tucano wing at a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) air base in Nigeria.
According to a post on the U.S. Robins Air Force Base website, the facilities will support 12 Nigerian Air Force A-29 light attack, combat and reconnaissance aircraft, and include the construction of new airfield hot cargo pad, perimeter and security fencing, munitions assembly and storage, small arms storage, a flight annex wing building for simulator training, airfield lighting, and various airfield apron, parking, hangar, and entry control point improvements.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, said “With this recent contract award, we are ready to be part of the modernization of Nigerian Air Force facilities and infrastructure. As a member of the Nigeria A-29 FMS Program, and this being AFSAC’s first major construction project in sub-Saharan Africa, we are thrilled to be able to support the Nigerian people in advancing their defensive capabilities. We look forward to building and strengthening this strategic partnership with the Nigerian people.”
Construction of the new facilities for the A-29 Super Tucano air base in Nigeria is reported to have started.
Photos: Inaugural flight of an A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force at the production facility in Jacksonville, Florida. (media.defense.gov)