Thursday, January 31, 2013

► BRAZIL: Angolan Air Force takes delivery of three Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.

Angola Air ForceBrazil's Embraer Defense and Security today delivered the first three of six light attack and advanced training A-29 Super Tucano turboprops to the Força Aérea Nacional Angolana (National Air Force of Angola), at a ceremony held in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. 

The aircraft are to be deployed for border surveillance.
The selection of the Super Tucano by the National Air Force of Angola demonstrates the great potential of this aircraft in Africa,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security. “It is a robust, versatile and very efficient combat-proven aircraft with low operating costs and has generated great interest among other African nations.
Source [Embraer]
FANA's A29 Tucano
FANA's A29 Tucano (Embraer)
Embraer lists its Super Tucano as being in active service with nine air forces including  Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Indonesia, with Guatemala having it on order.

The A-29 Super Tucano is designed to carry out a wide range of missions, including light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency. The aircraft is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared, laser system technologies, secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled weapon capacity. 

Its armament includes 70mm rocket launchers, air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bombs that are integrated into the aircraft’s mission system, with a laser designator.