PH Air Force's Super Tucano aircraft expected to begin journey home from Brazil

PH Air Force's Super Tucano aircraft expected to begin journey home from Brazil

 


The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is awaiting the arrival of its six brand new assets from Brazil.

The Philippines ordered 6 units Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close-air support aircraft for Philippine Air Force it was announced that the delivery will be a series of legs from the South American country to Philippines.

Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close-air support aircraft 
(photo credit to owner)

“If everything goes as planned, the flight of 6 Super Tucanos, and possibly escorted by a Dornier Do-228 support aircraft, will be flying out of Brazil later today, cross the Atlantic Ocean, and will be arriving in Cape Verde by tomorrow PH time,” MaxDefense Philippines said in its Facebook post dated August 5.

“This would be the first leg of its flight to the Philippines, and the flight is expected to reach Clark Air Base in Pampanga by the late August 2020,” MaxDefense added.

It was in the early days of July that was announced by Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the Super Tucanos are expected to delivered July 29.

Delivery of the said aircraft, previously expected in February, was affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

The aircraft will be used for the PAF’s close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency missions.

“We are honored to be selected by the Philippine Air Force, our second operator in the Asia-Pacific region, and with the confidence expressed by our customer”, said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security in 2017. “The Super Tucano is the best light attack aircraft in the market and we are confident that it will accomplish with excellence the missions it was selected for.”

 

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