Senegal acquiring A-29 Super Tucano

April 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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RIO DE JANEIRO, April 12 (UPI) -- A Brazilian aircraft manufacturer reports another sale of its A-29 Super Tucano light attack and training aircraft.

The newest customer is the West African country of Senegal, which signed a contract for three planes at the LAAD defense and security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

"With this contract, we are adding one more customer from the African continent, where the Super Tucano has stirred great interest," said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer Defense & Security. "This is a versatile and robust aircraft, with proven combat experience and it will fulfill, with excellence, the missions for which it was chosen."

The Super Tucano, which the U.S. has contracted for the Afghan Air Force, is a single-engine turboprop a turboprop. It has a maximum speed of 367 miles per hour, a range of 721 nautical miles, a flight endurance of more than eight hours and can operate with more than 130 weapons configurations.

Embraer said the Senegelese Air Force will use the aircraft for border surveillance and internal security missions.

The order, the financing of which will be handled by Brazil's National Economic and Social Development Bank, includes logistical support and installation of a training system for pilots and mechanics.

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