National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana today, September 21 inspected the Embraer A-29B Super Tucano Close Air Support Aircraft that arrived September 19, photos released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) showed.
It was reported that 4 of 6 ordered Super Tucanos have arrived at Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
Secretary Lorenzana made the inspection at the sidelines of turn-over and blessing ceremony of the new Gulfstream G280 Command and Control Aircraft.
“Four fighter planes arrived yesterday, 19 September 2020, at the Clark International Airport and two more will arrive in the coming week. An official arrival ceremony is being organized,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said September 20.
“The A-29B Super Tucano aircraft is designed for light attack, close air support, counter-insurgency, and aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments. Additionally, the said aircraft is designed to operate in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain similar to the country’s operational environment,” DFA said.
DFA noted that the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia provided assistance in coordinating the ferry flight and other necessary arrangements with Embraer SA for the delivery of the said aircraft.