Embraer has handed over all six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft ordered by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Air Base on Oct. 14.
“The Philippine Air Force takes pride in welcoming the six A-29B Super Tucano from Embraer Defense and Security into the blue fold of our skies as part of our fleet. The addition of these close air support aircraft is a great leap in our air power capability as we soar together in our flight to a more capable and credible Air Force for the nation and its people,” Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes AFP, Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.
“It is an honour to deliver these six A-29 Super Tucanos to The Philippine Air Force,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “Delivering an aircraft amidst a global pandemic is challenging, but we were committed to go the extra mile every step of the way to have the aircraft in the hands of PAF to fulfil their security missions.”
The first four Super Tucanos arrived at Clark Air Base on Sept. 19 and the remaining two arrived on Oct. 1. The PAF Super Tucanos will be deployed for close air support (CAS), light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, counter-insurgency (COIN) missions, advanced training and are part of PAF’s ongoing modernization plan.
The new aircraft will enhance the Philippine Air Force’s CAS 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 are 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.
To date, the Super Tucano was selected by 15 air forces worldwide.