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Embraer announces firm order from Philippines for 6 Super Tucanos

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Embraer announces firm order from Philippines for 6 A-29 Super Tucanos
 
Embraer announced today, November 30, a firm order of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF). After a comprehensive public bidding process participated by several manufacturers from around the globe and complying with the stringent evaluation processes the Super Tucano was selected as part of the PAF’s ongoing modernization plan.
     
Embraer announces firm order from Philippines for 6 A 29 Super Tucanos 640 001Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft
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The six Super Tucanos will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency missions. Deliveries will start in 2019.

We are honored to be selected by the Philippine Air Force, our second operator in the Asia-Pacific region, and with the confidence expressed by our customer”, said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “The Super Tucano is the best light attack aircraft in the market and we are confident that it will accomplish with excellence the missions it was selected for”.

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. To date, the Super Tucano was selected by 14 air forces worldwide. Once the delivery of these aircraft is completed, they will be turned over to and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user.

Embraer's Super Tucano CAS & training aircraft has been scoring major sales successes during the last two years.

The most recent is most certainly the potential $593 mn FMS the DSCA approved in August 2017 for 12 twelve A-29s. According the DSCA, they will be used by Nigeria to combat the Islamist militia Boko Haram and other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group.

Ghana also announced intention to procure six new A-29 Super Tucano aircraft during Paris Air Show 2015.

The aircraft is also considered by specialists as a frontrunner for the USAF OA-X light attack aircraft program.