The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos from Brazil have finally arrived at Clark Air Base in Pampanga. Four of six ordered Super Tucanos were confirmed to have landed today, September 19.
PAF chief Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes said, during House of Representatives committee hearing on 2021 proposed budget of Department of National Defense (DND), the service is expecting arrival of 6 aircraft this month.
PAF said in one of its publications that it is “expecting the delivery of six (6) Super Tucano Close Attack Aircraft from Brazil this year. This will be another game changing aircraft that will enhance the attack capability of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines).”
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.”
In early July, Department of National Defense 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.