6 Brazilian Super Tucano Delivered to the AFP as Part of Modernization

Six brand new Brazilian-made attack aircraft was delivered to the Philippines on Saturday, September 19, 2020, as part of the country's modernization program.



The Embraer A-29 Super Tucano lands at the former US Air Base in Clark, Pampanga. The delivery of the Super Tucano was originally set in late 2019 but it had been pushed back a few times for still unknown reasons.



According to the AFP the planes were flewn in by Brazilian pilots, although the Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots had already started training on how to fly the aircraft.

The fighter plane's journey to the Philippines started from Sao Paulo, Brazil in late August and included stops in Spain, Egypt, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

The planes will be formally turned over to the Philippine Air Force next week.

The newest fighter planes are part of the country's P4.9 billion deal signed by the Philippine government with Embraer in 2017 under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.



The six attack planes were envisioned for deployment for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception and counterinsurgency operations.

The turboprop planes will be part of the PAF’s 15th Strike Wing, and will support and eventually fully replace the Air Force’s remaining OV-10 Bronco and SF-260 attack planes.

Embraer claimed that the Super Tucanos are "“durable, versatile, and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways.” As of 2020, there are at least 14 Air Forces around the world are using the light fighter aircraft, Super Tucano.



Watch the Arrival of Super Tucano:



Source: PNA / YouTube

6 Brazilian Super Tucano Delivered to the AFP as Part of Modernization 6 Brazilian Super Tucano Delivered to the AFP as Part of Modernization Reviewed by Phil Newsome on September 20, 2020 Rating: 5
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