Dominican Air Force's A-29B Super Tucano aircraft

Embraer Defense and Security has signed a commercial contract with the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) for the delivery of a second batch of eight A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow, currently underway in the UK.

The new order follows a previous contract placed by the air force in November 2010 for an initial batch of eight light attack and tactical training aircraft, as part of the Indonesian Defence Force’s equipment modernisation programme.

Additional responsibilities under the first contract included delivery of ground support stations along with an integrated logistics package.

Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer Defense and Security president, said the contract reflected the recognition given by the international customers to the quality of the Super Tucano aircraft.

”We are pleased with the confidence expressed by the Indonesian Air Force, and we are confident that the performance of the Super Tucano will be effective and excellent in the missions for which it was chosen,” Aguiar added.

The aircraft are intended to replace the air force’s existing fleet of North American Aviation Rockwell-built OV-10 Bronco turboprop light attack and observation aircraft, and will be deployed for light attack, surveillance, aerial intercepts and counter-insurgency missions.

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The first four aircraft from the initial batch are scheduled for delivery in August 2012, while deliveries under the new order will take place in 2014.

Powered by a PT6A-68A turboprop engine, the Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for conducting light attack, counter insurgency, close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments.

Featuring an advanced electronic/optical/infrared and laser technology, secure radios with datalink communications and weaponry, the aircraft can also be used for pilot training purposes.

Image: A Dominican Air Force’s A-29B Super Tucano aircraft conducting local area patrol. Photo: courtesy of Lt. Col. Jonas Reynoso, Dominican Republic Air Force.