The 2 of 6 Embraer A-29B Super Tucano Close Air Support (CAS) Aircraft ordered for Philippine Air Force (PAF) are reportedly arriving tomorrow if the weather permits.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, PT-ZZS and PT-ZZU were spotted arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam earlier today.
“If weather is good, MaxDefense expects the 2 aircraft to proceed to Clark Air Base, Pampanga tomorrow, possibly arriving at noon. We hope the last leg won’t have problems,” MaxDefense said.
The first four Super Tucanos landed at Clark International Airport on September 19.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said an official arrival ceremony is being organized.
“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.