First Four PAF a‑29 Super Tucano Aircraft Arrive in Philippines

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The first four of the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s six new Embraer A‑29 Super Tucano light attack air­craft arrived at Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Embraer com­pa­ny pilots flew the air­craft from the com­pa­ny air­field in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and made fuel­ing stops in the Canary Islands, Portugal, Malta, Egypt, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Thailand, and Vietnam before land­ing in the Philippines.

“The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia pro­vid­ed assis­tance in coor­di­nat­ing the ferry flight and other nec­es­sary arrange­ments with Embraer SA to ensure the timely deliv­ery of the air­craft”, said a statement from the Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs .

The state­ment added that an offi­cial arrival cer­e­mo­ny is being orga­nized for the new air­craft.

According to Department of National Defense (DND) spokesper­son Arsenio Andolong, the two remain­ing air­craft are cur­rent­ly in New Delhi, India and await­ing clear­ance to depart to the Philippines. They are expect­ed to arrive in the coming week.

The new air­craft will beef up the Air Force’s close-air sup­port capa­bil­i­ties and com­ple­ment, and even­tu­al­ly replace, the remain­ing North American Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” attack air­craft used by the ser­vice in strike mis­sions. The new air­craft is assigned to PAF’s 15th Strike Wing.

The Philippines ordered six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Brazilian air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Embraer (Empresa Brasiliera de Aeronáutica) in 2017 under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (AFPMP). The con­tract for the six air­craft was worth PHP4.968 bil­lion (~USD102 mil­lion).

The A‑29B Super Tucano air­craft is designed for light attack, close air sup­port (CAS), counter-insur­gency (COIN), and aerial recon­nais­sance mis­sions in low threat envi­ron­ments. Additionally, the air­craft is designed to oper­ate in high tem­per­a­ture and humid­i­ty con­di­tions in extreme­ly rugged ter­rain sim­i­lar to the Philippines’ oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment.

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