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Nigeria rejects U.S. conditions on sale of fighter jets

Staff Writer |
Nigeria will not accept the stringent conditions given by the United States on the planned purchase of 12 Tucano fighter jets, Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali has said.

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The minister said the security council has approved the purchase of the $494 million 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter crafts, but "some of the conditions America gave us are stringent. These conditions we will not accept."

One of the conditions is that the sale will not be made till 2020, the minister said. He said other conditions included that Nigerian technicians would not be trained by US staff, or be part of the maintenance crews.

"They are also thinking of not allowing our technicians to be part of the production inspection," he said.

"But this is what we normally do in all the defence contracts, we send our personnel to go and understudy, especially when it comes to specialized aircrafts like in Russia, our personnel are permanently based in where the production is being done for this MI35 helicopters," Dan-Ali told reporters at the State House, Abuja.

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