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USAF selects A-29 Super Tucano for its Light Air Support programme

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  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The U S Air Force (USAF) has selected the Embraer Defence and Security's A-29 Super Tucano for its Light Air Support (LAS) programme.

    The aircraft will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance, and light air support operations.

    The contract worth $427 million has been signed for 20 Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft, as well as ground-based devices to support pilot training and all maintenance and supply requirements for the aircraft and associated equipment.

    The A-29 Super Tucano is a robust, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, including close air support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, according to Embraer.

    The aircraft is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.

    The aircraft in use with nine air forces around the world has employed state-of-the-art munitions on real operational missions. It will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor and will be built in Jacksonville, Florida.

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  2. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    An excellent Choice :meeting:

    And they would be less vulnerable to MANPADS as well
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    our bacha kya ...
     
  4. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Its operating cost is $430–500/hour
    it carriers :


    Guns:

    Internal: (2x) 12.7 mm (0.50 in) 950 rounds a minute FN Herstal M3P machine guns in wings.

    pod: (1x) 20 mm (0.79 in) 650 rounds a minute GIAT M20A1 cannon below the fuselage.
    pod: (1x) 12.7 mm (0.50 in) FN Herstal HMP for M3P machine gun.
    pod: (4x) 7.62 mm (0.30 in) 3,000 rounds per minute Dillon Aero M134 Minigun (under development).

    Hardpoints:


    5 (two under each wing and one under fuselage centreline) with a capacity of 1,550 kg (3,300 lb)

    Rockets:
    (4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LM-70/19[146](SBAT-70)
    (4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LAU-68A/G

    Missiles:

    Air-to-air:
    AIM-9L Siderwinder
    MAA-1A Piranha
    MAA-1B Piranha (under development)
    Python 3
    Python 4

    Air-to-ground:
    AGM-65 Maverick

    Bombs:
    General-purpose bombs:
    (10x) Mk 81
    (5x) Mk 82
    M-117
    Incendiary bombs:
    BINC-300
    Cluster bombs:
    BLG-252
    Precision-guided bombs:
    SMKB-82 (under development) – Mectron/Britanite INS/GPS guidance kit for Mk 82.
    GBU-54 (under development)
    GBU-38 (under development)
    GBU-39 (under development)
    Paveway II
    Lizard – Elbit laser guidance kit.
    Griffin – IAI laser guidance kit.

    Others:

    Chaff & Flare (countermeasures)
    FLIR AN/AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE II (Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensors)

    Avionics:

    MIL-STD-1553 standards.
    NVG ANVIS-9 (Night Vision)
    CCIP / CCRP / CCIL / DTOS / LCOS / SSLC (Computerized Attack Modes)
    R&S{RT} M3AR VHF/UHF airborne transceiver (two-way encrypted Data Link provision)
    HUD / HOTAS
    HMD with UFCP(Up Front Control Panel)
    Laser INS with GPS Navigational System.
    CMFD(Colored Multi-Function Display) liquid crystal active matrix
    Integrated Radio Communication and Navigation
    Video Camera/Recorder
    Automatic Pilot with embedded mission planning capability
    Stormscope WX-1000E (Airborne weather mapping system)
    Laser Range Finder
    WiPak Support – (Wi-Fi integration for Paveway bombs).
    Training and Operation Support System (TOSS).

    Courtesy Wikipedia


    Its a modern CAS aircraft in every aspect,
    just without jet engined
    not so relevant with friendly forces Dominate the sky
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    An excellent platform for COIN operations, and a cheaper one as well. I hoped India would select Tucanos instead of Pilatus. :tsk:

    On another note, after 4-5 years down the line, it's logical for them to acquire 2-3 squadrons of L-159 Light multirole fighters for advanced training and ground attack. Prices shouldn't be a concern at $18 million a piece.
     
  7. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Smart move to bound Brazil to them and get the FX2 order for the Super Hornet!
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Yes, Brazil is tilting towards the F-18 SH

    all the US diplomatic pressure
    earlier i though they would go for Rafale
     
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    Well, ofcourse it was a great idea using a prop plane for cheaper operations. Still I would prefer an aircraft with bigger load capacity.
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Brazil is a difficult case and many things must be considered there, in comparison Indias MMRCA deal was simple and fast.
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    well you can operate as much as 10 planes like Tucano
    at the price of a single advanced fighter of today
    since they cost about 9 Million$ each minimum

    and with load of 1500 Kgs. each, there can be 15,000 Kgs. of ammo fly around
    and at an combined operating cost of just 5000$ for all 10 of them total

    i will definitely go for tucano if the suitable conditions for it to operate exist.
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Just how long has it been since they began looking for new one ?
     
  13. WMD

    WMD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    just one question comes to mind,
    though these r supposed to b employed in LAS role, just how reliable these r.
    we all know abt the A-10 which is a damn sturdy beast,
    the A-10 can survive a hit from a MANPAD, can these do that the answer is no, in all probability.
    I think its more of political decision for improving the chances of SHs.
     
  14. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    i doubt MANPADS can even lock on to Tucano

    since it doesn't have Tail Blaze of 1000+ Degrees Celsius
    like those of jet engines

    but a turboprop engine that runs at max of 200 degrees
    and when flying at an altitude of 500+ Mtrs.
    MANPADS wont even see its IR Signature
     
  15. The Drdo Guy

    The Drdo Guy Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I think at the best it is some what an upgraded and lighter version of iaf'mig23 with some new generation ew suit and sensors.
     
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