Embraer Launches NATO-Compliant A-29N Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft

New version of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, the A-29N, will feature equipment to meet NATO's operational requirements, including a new datalink and single-pilot operation By Defense Advancement / 13 Apr 2023
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Embraer has unveiled a new version of its A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, the A-29N, with features to fulfil NATO’s operational requirements, including a new datalink and single-pilot operation.

These features are expected to further increase the aircraft’s employment possibilities, allowing, for example, its use in Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training missions. Training devices will also be upgraded to the world’s most demanding standards, including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.

“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security. “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.”

With more than 260 units delivered worldwide, the aircraft is said to have been selected by more than 15 air forces worldwide, including the United States Air Force (USAF).

Developed as a highly versatile aircraft, the A-29 Super Tucano can perform a broad range of missions, including light attack, aerial surveillance and interception, and counterinsurgency. The A-29 is rugged and versatile, operating from remote and unpaved runways on forward deployed operational bases with little support, all with low operating costs and high availability (above 90%).

In addition to combat roles, the aircraft is widely used as an advanced trainer. Its ability to simulate combat missions and upload and download flight data has made it a highly effective training platform. As a real multi-mission aircraft, the A-29 has the flexibility to provide air forces with a single platform for light attack, armed reconnaissance, close air support, and advanced training, thus optimizing their fleets.

It is equipped with various state-of-the-art sensors and weapons, including an electro-optical/infrared system with laser designator, night vision goggles, secure voice communications, and a data-link package. As a result, the A-29 Super Tucano is believed to represent the gold standard in its field, combining superior aircraft performance with 21st-century weapons, integrated sensors, and surveillance systems to create a highly influential air power component.

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