The A-29 Super Tucano – also known as the EMB 314 – has been performing counterinsurgency and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations for more than eight years.
With over 160 aircraft delivered, the Super T is flying in the air forces of ten nations on three continents and has logged more than 147,000 flight hours, including 23,000 combat hours without a single combat loss.
That translates to over 84 percent availability and 99 percent mission effectiveness.
So when the U.S. Air Force selected the A-29 Super Tucano for the Light Air Support mission in December 2011, they knew the “plane truth.”
With that kind of combat proven track record, it’s obvious why so much is known about the Super T’s performance, operational effectiveness and costs to operate and maintain.
Key facts about the A-29 Super Tucano:
- A clean sheet design – the A-29 was built from the ground up for the counterinsurgency and light air support mission.
- With two internal .50-caliber guns, the Super Tucano was built for the mission – not retrofitted to meet contract specs.
- In production today – more than 160 have been built and delivered
- Operational today performing ISR and security missions around the globe
- In use with military in 10 nations on 3 continents.
- More than 147,000 flight hours logged, including 23,000 combat hours; no combat losses
- Certified for more than 130 munitions configurations
- Features open-architecture avionics
- Provides significant room for growth
- Proven low operating costs – 84 percent fleet availability; 99 percent fleet mission effectiveness
- The A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to be provided under the LAS contract will be built in the U.S. in Jacksonville, Florida, by American workers with parts and services from some 70 US companies.
- Approximately 86 percent of each aircraft’s dollar value comes from components supplied by U.S. companies or countries that qualify under the Buy American Act.
- More than 1,200 American jobs will be supported through the contract, including the creation of 50 new jobs in Jacksonville, Fla.
- Embraer will invest approximately $3 million in bringing the U.S. production facility on line.
- The facility, its first defense-related operation in the U.S., will complement its growing U.S. operations.