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All six SUPER TUCANO aircraft ordered by The Philippine Air Force (PAF) have been officially handed over to the Air Force today. The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, counter-insurgency missions, advanced training and are part of PAF’s ongoing modernisation plan.

“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,” said Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes AFP, Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.

“It is an honour to deliver these six A-29 SUPER TUCANO 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,” he added.

These aircraft will be operated and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user. In November 2017, a firm order of six A-29 SUPER TUCANO light attack and advanced training aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was made after a comprehensive public bidding process. The A-29 SUPER TUCANO is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways. To date, the SUPER TUCANO has been selected by 15 air forces worldwide.

Jack Richardson