Indonesia Orders More Embraer Super Tucanos
Indonesia has ordered eight more Embraer A-29 Super Tucano single-engine turboprops, and a full-flight simulator for the type. The announcement, made here at the Farnborough International airshow, came just as deliveries of a first batch of eight was about to start. The Indonesian Air Force will receive all its aircraft in light-attack configuration.
Deliveries of the second batch will all take place in 2014, said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer CEO defense and security. For the first batch, deliveries are to begin in August, with the first four aircraft. The next four are to be handed over next year. Aguiar would not disclose the value of the contract but emphasized the A-29 fleet’s 154,000 flight hours, including 23,000 in combat, without any loss.
Replacing North American Rockwell OV-10 Broncos, the aircraft will be used mainly for counterinsurgency missions. Indonesian pilots have been training in Brazil.