Brazil’s Embraer company will be showcasing its basic trainer A-29 ‘Super Tucano’ at the forthcoming DefExpo in Goa for the first time.
Keeping in mind that the Super Tucano’s role will not be limited to training alone, the company has equipped the A-29 (the Super Tucano version for the Brazilian Air Force) with systems designed not only to comply with basic requirements, but also to keep pace with the continual changes taking place in the aircraft’s potential operating theatres.
Talking to FE, Brazilian ambassador to India Tovar da Silva Nunes said, “Embraer is already present in India and we will be getting the A 29 Super Tucano for the DefExpo next month.”
Embraer has been present in India both in the defence and civil sector, the envoy pointed out. According to an officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF), “It will be interesting if the Super Tucan light attack trainer is considered for atleast evaluating. While the plane is not very expensive it can be used by the armed forces carrying out counter insurgency operations.”
The A-29 of the Embraer is a powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of light air support (LAS) missions, even operating from unimproved runways. With more than 130 weapons configurations certified, it is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.
“The Super Tucano is the only combat proven and fully operational light attack/advanced training aircraft in the global market. This makes it highly reliable and allows for an excellent cost-benefit ratio for a wide range of military missions, even operating from unpaved runways and in hostile environments,” said Nunes.
With more than 140 certified load configurations, it is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic,
infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.
The Super Tucano is proving to be an innovative and cost-effective solution for demanding military organizations around the world. It is ideal for the missions and operational environment faced by a host of nations. The A-29 Super Tucano is currently used by twelve air forces in three continents. It was also selected by the US Air Force for its LAS programme.