Defense and Security has today delivered four light attack and tactical training aircraft to ’s Air Force at a ceremony held in its facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. is the first operator of in the Asia-Pacific region.
These four A-29 Super Tucano are from the initial batch of eight aircraft purchased by the Indonesian Air Force (IAF) in 2010. The IAF has since ordered a second batch of eight Super Tucanos as part of their equipment modernization exercise, bringing the total number of orders to 16 aircraft. The Super Tucano was chosen by the Indonesian Defense Forces to replace a fleet of OV-10 Broncos as part of their equipment modernization exercise for years 2009 – 2014.
To date the Super Tucano has been selected by ten clients on three continents and is in operation with six air forces, successfully carrying out advanced training, border patrol, light attack, and counter-insurgency missions. The 160 Super Tucano airplanes delivered byperformed more than 157,000 flight hours, of which 23,000 combat hours performed in combat missions, primarily in Latin America. The aircraft offers the flexibility to perform a broad range of missions including light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception and counter insurgence. The aircraft makes excellent use of the most recent electronic, optical, infra-red and laser technologies, as well as secure radio communications with data-link, and an unparalleled weaponry capability, making it highly reliable and at a top-level cost/benefit ratio for a wide range of military missions, even operating from unpaved runways.