FA-50PH jets welcomes Super Tucanos

Philippine Air Force (PAF) FA-50PH aircraft have welcomed and escorted the arriving Embraer A-29B Super Tucano Close Air Support Aircraft on September 19.

5th Fighter Wing photo

The said FA-50PHs are operating under 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Wing. 5th Fighter Wing released photos of the said meet up.

Two more Super Tucanos are expected to arrive.

“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.