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USAF orders six more A-29s for Afghanistan

30th October 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Air Force (USAF) has placed an order for six additional A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Afghan Air Force, it was announced on 25 October. The aircraft will be supplied by Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner Embraer Defense and Security.

The A-29 is used to conduct advanced flight training and aerial reconnaissance. The USAF type certified aircraft has over 150 certified load configurations, and is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and munitions capacity.

These new aircraft will bring the total number of aircraft provided under the A-29 Afghanistan Program to 26.

Taco Gilbert, SVP for SNC's ISR business area, said: ‘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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