Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 10, 2012 – The Indonesian Air Force has signed a commercial contract for a second batch of eight light attack and tactical training A-29 Super Tucano. The order also includes a flight simulator that will be used for instructing and training Indonesian pilots. In August 2012, Indonesia will receive the first four airplanes from the initial batch of eight aircraft ordered in November 2010. Deliveries of the second batch are scheduled for 2014.
“This decision shows the recognition given to the quality of the Super Tucano by the international market,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security.“We are pleased with the confidence expressed by the Indonesian Air Force, and we are confident that the performance of the Super Tucano will be effective and excellent in the missions for which it was chosen.”
The A-29 Super Tucano was selected by Indonesia to carry out a broad range of missions, including light attack, surveillance, aerial intercepts, and counter-insurgency.This acquisition is part of the modernization of the Indonesian Defence Force’s equipment for years 2009-2014.With more than 157,000 flight hours and over 23,000 combat hours, the A-29 Super Tucano makes excellent use of the most recent electronic, optical, infra-red and laser technologies, as well as secure radio communications with data-link, and an unparalleled weaponry capability, making it highly reliable and at a top-level cost/benefit ratio for a wide range of military missions, even operating from unpaved runways.
About the A-29 Super Tucano
The A-29 Super Tucano is the result of a project developed according to the rigorous demands of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). With more than 160 airplanes delivered, it has proven to be fully compatible with combat operations in complex environments. Besides its reinforced airframe for operating on unpaved landing fields, the airplane has advanced navigation and weapons aiming systems, which ensure high precision and reliability, when using either conventional or smart weapons, even under extreme conditions. The aircraft requires minimum logistical support for continual operations. To date the A-29 Super Tucano has been selected by ten clients on three continents and is in operation with six air forces, successfully carrying out advanced training, border patrol, light attack, and counter-insurgency missions.
About Embraer Defense and Security
Embraer Defense and Security is a business unit of Embraer S.A., and has accumulated more than 40 years of experience. With its growing presence in the global market, the Company plays a strategic role in Brazil’s defense system by supplying over 70% of the fixed-wing fleet of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The product portfolio Embraer Defense and Security includes military airplanes, state-of-the-art radar technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and advanced information and communications systems, such as Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications. Embraer’s airplanes and military solutions are found in 48 countries, serving more than 50 armed forces. The Company’s line of military aircraft includes the advanced training and light attack Super Tucano turboprop; the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) family of jets, based on the successful and proven format of the ERJ 145 regional jet; commercial and executive jets that are customized for transporting government officials; the KC-390 military transport and refueling jet, which is currently under development; the modernization of airplanes for the armed forces; integrated logistical solutions for customers; and the advanced Training and Operation Support System (TOSS).
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The model, which is being used by seven air forces in Latin America, Africa and Asia, has now surpassed 170,000 flight hours and 26,000 combat hours.
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