Trouble For Terrorists As Nigerian Airforce Takes Delivery Of A-20 Super Tucano Aircrafts

Trouble looms for terrorists as the Nigerian Airforce took delivery of the last batch of A-2o Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircrafts from the United States.

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Super Tucano Aircraft

This batch arrives two months after the first batch of six aircraft were received by the Nigerian Airforce precisely on 22nd of July 2021. Below are more photos of the Super Tucano Aircrafts;

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Nigerian Airforce Personnels operating a super Tucano Aircraft.

According to reports from the Nigerian media, the aircrafts will be stationed at the Nigerian Airforce base in Kainji, Niger State. Support facilities have been constructed in the base after a $36.1 million contract was agreed with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District.

For over a decade, the Nigerian military has been battling insurgency, with the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group being the major threat to the Nigerian state, and has emerged as a destabilizing factor across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Taking the fight to the enemy

Now more than ever, the Nigerian Airforce is taking the lead in the long unending war between the Nigerian security forces and Boko Haram insurgents. Since the war began in 2009, the dreaded Islamist militants have killed in excess of 27,000 innocent citizens of Nigeria and forced many more to find shelters outside their homes. Many have even relocated from their homes to seek shelters in camps built for internally displaced persons. The terrorists keep targeting isolated communities in Northeast Nigeria, including local Muslims who refuse to follow their dictates.

Nigeria has been battling with series of insecurity situations. The threat is not only from Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, but also the deadly farmer-herder clashes, kidnapping and banditry, which plagues the northern provinces, and the IPOB/ESN secessionists, who are bent on having their own country.

The fight against Boko Haram should have been put to bed a very long time ago, but owing to the lack of technological equipment the fight is still on and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

In recent past, the Nigerian military have been on the back foot, always defending against the insurgents. They rarely attack the strongholds of the terrorists.

However, the military’s defensive strategy changed in 2015 when the past chief of army staff Maj Gen Tukur Buratai launched a military offensive operation tagged Operation Lafiya Dole. This operation was launched to checkmate the activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. Maj Gen Tukur Buratai noted that the main aim of the operation was to transform the army professionally, as well as bring an end to the war against the dreaded Islamist militants.

Three years after launching Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian military announced another operation codenamed “Operation Last Hold.” The aim of Operation Last Hold was to completely defeat the terror group. More recently, the military launched another operation codenamed “Operation Tura Takaibango” which aimed to “end of all criminal elements within the north-east”. And now we currently have the Operation Hadin Kai, which translates to “uniting against a common enemy.”

In all this, the Nigerian Airforce have continued to play an important role by taking the fight to the enemy, carrying out major airstrikes and bombarding the strongholds of the terrorists group.

The problem now is, after the bombardment, who will do the mop up operations to clear the remnants? Nobody. And this is why the terrorists have the time to recuperate and keeps coming back.

Military doctrine often advocates using artillery or air strikes to “soften up” an enemy position before troops are deployed to conduct a mop up operation.

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