6 PHL-bound Super Tucanos fly out of mainland Brazil

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MaxDefense Philippines said August 31 that it “received confirmation from source that all six Embraer A-29B Super Tucano have departed Recife Airport in eastern Brazil yesterday 1200H Zulu time, and has arrived safely in Fernando de Noronha, a Brazilian oceanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. This is their first stop outside Brazilian mainland, before they depart Brazilian soil for their first foreign stop.”

The Philippine Air Force (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.”