The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has officially accepted its 6 new Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos during an Acceptance, Turn-over, and Blessing Ceremony on October 13 in Clark Air Base.
The first four Super Tucanos arrived on September 19, while the final 2 arrived early this month.
These new close air support (CAS) aircraft will be operating under PAF’s 15th Strike Wing.
During the said ceremony, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said “having six Super Tucanos is good, but maybe another six will be better.”
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.”