São Paulo, August 6, 2012 – Embraer Defense and Security has today delivered four light attack and tactical training A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Indonesia’s Air Force at a ceremony held in its facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. Indonesia is the first operator of Super Tucano in the Asia-Pacific region.
These four A-29 Super Tucano are from the initial batch of eight aircraft purchased by the Indonesian Air Force (IAF) in 2010. The IAF has since ordered a second batch of eight Super Tucanos as part of their equipment modernization exercise, bringing the total number of orders to 16 aircraft.
“We are honored that the Indonesian Air force has selected the A-29 Super Tucano as the preferred choice in their fleet modernization program,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security. “The Super Tucano is a mature, proven and mission-ready aircraft with more than 160 units in operation globally.”
The Super Tucano was chosen by the Indonesian Defense Forces to replace a fleet of OV-10 Broncos as part of their equipment modernization exercise for years 2009 – 2014. With more than 157,000 flight hours and over 23,000 combat hours achieved, the Super Tucano offers the flexibility to perform a broad range of missions including light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception and counter insurgence. The aircraft 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 Super Tucano
The 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 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., with over 40 years of experience in providing Armed Forces around the world with superior platforms and systems to aid in their defense and security. With its growing presence in the global market, the Company plays a strategic role in Brazil’s defense by supplying over 70% of the fixed-wing fleet of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). Embraer Defense and Security’s product portfolio 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 service with more than 50 armed forces in 48 countries. The Company’s portfolio of military aircraft includes the advanced training and light attack Super Tucano turboprop; the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) family of jets which are based on the successful and proven format of the ERJ 145 regional jet platform; commercial and executive jets that are customized for transporting government officials and the KC-390 military transport and refueling jet which is currently under development. Embraer Defense and Security is also involved in the modernization of airplanes for the armed forces, integrating logistical solutions for customers and 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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