01 Nov 2017

US Air Force orders six more A-29 Aircraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partner Embraer Defense & Security have secured a contract to supply the US Air Force’s A-29 Afghanistan Programme with a further six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

Production of these six new aircraft is to start immediately in Jacksonville, Florida and brings to 26 the total number of aircraft provided to the Programme.

The A-29 is used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance, and other A-29 Afghanistan Programme operations.

Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, said: “We believe this decision demonstrates that the A-29 Super Tucano is the best aircraft for close air support operations, as well as the most proven, reliable and cost-effective solution for counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.

“We are honoured to continue to support the US Government in this critical mission.”

The A-29 Super Tucano is currently used by 13 air forces worldwide and is capable of over 159 certified load configurations. It is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.

Taco Gilbert, Senior Vice President for SNC’s ISR business area commented: “We are proud to continue our support of the Air Force’s A-29 Afghanistan Program as it is not only a testament to the capability of the A-29 aircraft, but also to its ease of operation and cost effectiveness.

“There is no other aircraft like the A-29 in its ability to provide flight training, light attack, and combat pilot seasoning. Its continued demand demonstrates its value to air forces the world over.”

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