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Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs
The Niger Armed Forces are now better able to perform their duties after the recent delivery of some new airplanes and trucks obtained through U.S. security cooperation programs. On July 5, officials from Niger and the United States gathered at
General Seyni Garba, the Nigerien Joint Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador Bisa Williams, Nigerien Minister of Defense Karidio Mahamadou, Brigadier General Issa Mounkaila, Commander of the Nigerien Military Police were among the distinguished guests at equipment handover ceremony on Nigerien Airbase 101.
3 photos: Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs
Photo 1 of 3: General Seyni Garba, the Nigerien Joint Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador Bisa Williams, Nigerien Minister of Defense Karidio Mahamadou, Brigadier General Issa Mounkaila, Commander of the Nigerien Military Police were among the distinguished guests at equipment handover ceremony on Nigerien Airbase 101. Download full-resolution version
Nigerien Air Force Officers and a Cessna technical representative stand near one of two Cessna Caravans that were recently delivered to Niger.
3 photos: Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs
Photo 2 of 3: Nigerien Air Force Officers and a Cessna technical representative stand near one of two Cessna Caravans that were recently delivered to Niger. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Huxsoll, U.S. Defense Attaché to Niger, makes remarks during a July 5 ceremony to hand over equipment obtained through the Section1206 and TSCTP programs. These programs help Niger improve their border security capabilities and advance the partnership between the two countries.
3 photos: Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs
Photo 3 of 3: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Huxsoll, U.S. Defense Attaché to Niger, makes remarks during a July 5 ceremony to hand over equipment obtained through the Section1206 and TSCTP programs. These programs help Niger improve their border security capabilities and advance the partnership between the two countries. Download full-resolution version
General Seyni Garba, the Nigerien Joint Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador Bisa Williams, Nigerien Minister of Defense Karidio Mahamadou, Brigadier General Issa Mounkaila, Commander of the Nigerien Military Police were among the distinguished guests at equipment handover ceremony on Nigerien Airbase 101.
Nigerien Air Force Officers and a Cessna technical representative stand near one of two Cessna Caravans that were recently delivered to Niger.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Huxsoll, U.S. Defense Attaché to Niger, makes remarks during a July 5 ceremony to hand over equipment obtained through the Section1206 and TSCTP programs. These programs help Niger improve their border security capabilities and advance the partnership between the two countries.

The Niger Armed Forces are now better able to perform their duties after the recent delivery of some new airplanes and trucks obtained through U.S. security cooperation programs.

On July 5, officials from Niger and the United States gathered at Nigerien Airbase 101 in Niamey for a ceremony marking the official hand over of two new Cessna airplanes and 10 Toyota trucks to the Nigerien military.

The single engine propeller driven airplanes were purchased through the National Defense Authorization Act Section 1206 program that is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department. The $11 million package covered the initial costs of the planes and related expenses, including maintenance and pilot training. The planes enhance the cargo movement capabilities for Nigerien forces.

The 10 new trucks were obtained under the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program.  The small trucks are part of a $4.2 million package that includes larger water and fuel trucks that will be delivered later. The vehicles will be used to enhance border security efforts across Niger.

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