A new A-29N Super Tucano light attack, advance training and reconnaissance aircraft has been launched for the European NATO market by the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer.
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The A-29N features equipment designed to fulfil NATO operational requirements including a new datalink and single-pilot operation to fulfil Joint Terminal Attack Controller training missions, after it was announced in early April.
The aircraft is reportedly able to operate from remote and unpaved runways on forward deployed operational bases with little support, low operating costs and high availability.
It has an electro-optical/infrared system with laser designator, night vision goggles, secure voice communications and a data link package for light attack, armed reconnaissance, and close air support missions.
As an advanced trainer, it can simulate combat missions, upload and download flight data.
Embraer defense and security chief executive officer and president Bosco da Costa Junior said more than 260 units have been delivered worldwide and the aircraft has been selected by more than 15 air forces worldwide including the United States Air Force.
“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” he said.
“We see many application possibilities for the A-29N at the moment. Several European countries have shown interest in specific aircraft capabilities that we have now introduced with this version.”