4 ‘Super Tucano’ attack aircraft now in Philippine soil

4 ‘Super Tucano’ attack aircraft now in Philippine soil


The highly anticipated Embraer Defense and Security A-29 “Super Tucano” close-air support aircraft is finally at home soil.

Four of the six brand new A-29 “Super Tucano” of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), have landed in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga last Saturday.

The brand new close-air support aircraft is intended to beef up and increase the capabilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

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Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the four aircraft have landed in Clark Air Base around 1:06 p.m. while the other two are still in New Delhi, India, awaiting for clearance and would be flown to the Philippines at a later date.

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

According to the DND spokesperson, the Embraer pilots will train the select PAF pilots for two months as part of the of the agreement under the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee.

The aircrafts were supposed to be delivered by the end of July but because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel bans have pushed the delivery time table. 

 The Tucanos will be part of the PAF’s 15th Strike Wing, will beef up the remaining North American Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” attack aircraft used by the Air Force in strike missions.

“They are a welcome and much-needed replacement for the PAF’s aged, close air support aircraft, and their mission versatility and capability to carry a variety of ordnance will be very useful in the field,” Andolong said.

The contract for the six aircraft is worth PHP4.968 billion and was issued in late 2017.

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