PAF's brand new close-air support aircraft will be arriving this Nov. 2019

PAF's brand new close-air support aircraft will be arriving this Nov. 2019




Christmas is coming early for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) this year.

The six Embraer A-29B Super Tucano ordered by the Department of national Defense (DND) for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) are expected to arrive by November 2019.

The highly anticipated new “birds” is the fruit of PAF’s Close Air Support Aircraft Acquisition Project under Horizon 1 phase of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act.

Embraer A-29B Super Tucano


This was first reported in MaxDefense page in Facebook.

The brand new Embraer A-29B Super Tucano, close-air support aircraft are expected to replace the 15th Strike Wing's Aermacchi SF-260TP armed trainers and the ageing OV-10 Broncos.

In 2017 the Philippines, awarded the contract to Brazil’s Embraer to supply 6 CAS aircraft for PAF.

According to MaxDefense “Depending on the version of the Horizon 2-3 wish list submitted by the Philippine Air Force, the common plan is to get a total of 24 Close Air Support Aircraft to replace both the OV-10 Bronco and the SF-260TP used by the 16th and 17th Attack Squadrons of the 15th Strike Wing.

This means 18 aircraft more are needed by the PAF, and based on the submitted Horizon 2 proposal by the AFP and DND to Malacanang early this year, all 18 aircraft will be for acquisition within Horizon 2.

In the end, its up to the blessings of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to make sure this plan happens, considering that Close Air Support to ground troops has shown its importance during the ongoing Marawi City occupation by Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The president, based on his previous speeches, has given his approval to acquire more propeller-powered attack aircraft, which he believes are cheaper and easier to maintain and operate than jet aircraft.





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