The 6 Philippine Air Force (PAF)-bound Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos are more than half-way in their delivery flight to Philippines which was divided into several legs.
According to MaxDefense, citing flight trackers, the Super Tucanos arrived in Delhi, India September 14.
“Next stop for the 6 Super Tucanos: Dhaka, Bangladesh. If everything goes well, the flight will proceed tomorrow (September 15),” MaxDefense said.
“Next stop: U-Tapao International Airport, Thailand by 16 September 2020. Hopefully this is the last stop before the Super Tucanos reach Clark Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines by 17 September 2020,” MaxDefense said.
Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes said, during House of Representatives committee hearing on 2021 proposed budget of Department of National Defense (DND), the service is expecting arrival of 6 aircraft this month.
PAF said in one of its publications that it is “expecting the delivery of six (6) Super Tucano Close Attack Aircraft from Brazil this year. This will be another game changing aircraft that will enhance the attack capability of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines).”
According to Embraer, the aircraft in PAF service will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency missions.
“We are honored to be selected by the Philippine Air Force, our second operator in the Asia-Pacific region, and with the confidence expressed by our customer,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security in 2017. “The Super Tucano is the best light attack aircraft in the market and we are confident that it will accomplish with excellence the missions it was selected for.”