Nigeria to Receive 54 Military Aircraft: Air Force Chief 

Nigeria will receive 54 manned and unmanned military aircraft to tackle multi-pronged security threats, Chief of Air Staff Marshal Isiaka Amao said last week.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the purchase of the planes, including m-346 attack aircraft, T-129 ATAK helicopters, Agusta 109 Trekker multi-role helicopters, and Chinese-made Wing Loong II drones, Reuters wrote, citing Amao.

The date and cost of the purchase and the identity of the sellers are unknown.  

Facing Insurgency, Banditry

The African country has been battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency in the northeast and banditry in the northwest.

Nigeria received 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack planes last year, four years after the US approved the sale. 

The US State Department approved the sale of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, worth $1 billion, to Abuja earlier this year. 

It is unclear whether the acquisition is part of the latest weapons package.

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