Senegal is Latest Customer for Embraer’s Super Tucano

 - April 19, 2013, 1:05 PM
A Super Tucano of the Brazilian air force (FAB) takes off. The type has just gained its 13th customer, Senegal. (Photo: Embraer)

At the Latin American Aerospace and Defense (LAAD) Show, Embraer announced a new customer for the EMB-314 Super Tucano. The Senegalese Air Force signed a contract for three aircraft and in-country training of pilots and mechanics by Embraer. Senegal will use the aircraft for border surveillance and internal security. The deal takes the number of the type ordered to 210.

Four African countries have now ordered the Super Tucano, which “has stirred great interest” on the continent, according to Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer Defense and Security. Another nine countries in Asia and Latin America are customers for the light attack and advanced training turboprop. The type has logged 180,000 flight hours, 28,000 of them in combat, according to Embraer.

Also at LAAD, Embraer signed an integrated logistics support contract for the 92 Super Tucanos that are in service with the Brazilian air force (FAB). The contract runs for five years and is worth $125 million. According to Embraer, the deal is based on a long-term business planning model that integrates an extensive network of partners and suppliers through centralized management, for a significant reduction in operating and support costs.

Twelve of the FAB’s Super Tucanos are to be flown by its Aerial Demonstration Squadron, also known as The Smoke Squadron. It currently flies the older EMB-312 Tucano. Embraer has received an $8 million contract to convert and support the Super Tucanos.