On 16 October, Embraer announced a firm order for six A-29 Super TUCANO light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018.

The A-29 Super TUCANO is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways. After more than ten years in service, it has gained an excellent performance record: over 320,000 flight hours and nearly 40,000 combat hours. With more than 150 weapons configurations certified, the A-29 Super TUCANO is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.

The Super TUCANO is truly a great combat aircraft, certified to carry 150 different weapon and sensor combinations suitable for conducting a wide range of missions, day and night, including light attack, close-air support, surveillance, ground convoy escort and helicopter escort in C-SAR operations, as well as air interdiction and interception, while also proving to be an ideal platform for counterinsurgency. In addition, the SUPER TUCANO has proved to be an excellent aircraft for advanced fighter pilot instruction and training. Thanks to the state-of-the-art sensors and electronics on board and its simulated training capabilities, it is possible to train more experienced and capable pilots in world-class fighter squadrons quicker and at a lower cost.



The Chilean Air Force is a user of the A-29 Super TUCANO. Its 1st Air Group is responsible for conducting advanced pilot training and carrying out policing and attack missions along the border. The USAF’s Super TUCANO has been delivered to Afghan forces. (All photos: Kaiser Konrad)

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