Afghan Air Force receives four A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from US

17 January 2016 (Last Updated January 17th, 2016 18:30)

The Afghan Air Force has received four A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the US Air Force (USAF).

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The Afghan Air Force has received four A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the US Air Force (USAF).

The A-29 programme is aimed at training the Afghan pilots on employing weapon system and defending hte country from insurgents.

USAF Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) commanding general Brigadier General Christopher Craige said: "The A-29 programme has been an integral part of the US Government's overall 'Building Partnership Capacity' efforts around the world and immediately supports the development of an indigenous air force in Afghanistan.

"This rapidly developed programme for Afghanistan is unique for the A-29 development because this is the first time USAF pilots and maintainers have been trained as instructors to conduct training for Afghan students in the US."

"This is the first time USAF pilots and maintainers have been trained as instructors to conduct training for Afghan students in the US."

The A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft or Embraer EMB 314 is an enhanced version of the EMB-312 Tucano trainer aircraft, but can cruise at a faster speed and higher altitude.

The aircraft is expected to perform an array of missions including close air support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The aircraft is capable of carrying general-purpose bombs and guided air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. It is armed with two wing-mounted 12.7mm machine guns with a rate of fire of 1,100 rounds a minute.

The A-29 Super Tucano features advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.


Image: A-29 Super Tucano of the Colombian Air Force.