UPDATED: Three of 6 Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close-air support aircraft ordered for Philippine Air Force (PAF) were spotted. A photo of which was uploaded by MaxDefense Philippines
“Finally a clear photo of the 1st flight of 3 Embraer A-29B Super Tucano close air support aircraft for the Philippine Air Force, apparently this photo is while the aircraft are still in Brazil. Each batch of 3 Super Tucanos are arriving at transit stops by 1 day apart, as they divided the 6 aircraft into 2 flights,” MaxDefense said.
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.”