PAF’s Super Tucano aircraft expected to begin journey home

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The ordered 6 units Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close-air support aircraft for Philippine Air Force (PAF) are expected to begin their journey to the Philippines. The delivery will be a series of legs from Brazil to Philippines.

“If everything goes as planned, the flight of 6 Super Tucanos, and possibly escorted by a Dornier Do-228 support aircraft, will be flying out of Brazil later today, cross the Atlantic Ocean, and will be arriving in Cape Verde by tomorrow PH time,” MaxDefense Philippines said August 5.

“This would be the first leg of its flight to the Philippines, and the flight is expected to reach Clark Air Base in Pampanga by the late August 2020,” MaxDefense added.

In early July, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the Super Tucanos are expected to be delivered July 29.

Delivery of the said aircraft, previously expected in February, was affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

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.”