PHL Air Force’s 6 Super Tucanos reportedly still in Brazil

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The delivery ordered 6 units Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close-air support aircraft for Philippine Air Force (PAF) reportedly met further delays.

“The flight to Cape Verde did not proceed as planned a few days ago. Instead, the 6 Super Tucanos are still in Recife, Brazil, and will be flying to Fernando de Noronha which is Brazil’s archipelago in the Atlantic, at a later date,” MaxDefense Philippines said August 8.

The delivery flight of 6 Super Tucanos was expected to start last week with expected arrival late August.

“Instead of arriving by late August, the Super Tucanos are expected to arrive in Clark Air Base by 2nd week of September 2020,” MaxDefense said.

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.”