Embraer and Republic of Mali have signed today a contract for the acquisition of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprops at the Paris Air Show.
The contract includes logistic support for the operation of these aircraft and also provides a training system for pilots and mechanics of the Mali Air Force.
“With this contract, we are adding another important customer in Africa, where several countries already operate the Super Tucano,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security in the ministry's press release.
The A-29 Super Tucano will be deployed for advanced training, border surveillance, and internal security missions.
The A-29 Super Tucano is currently used by ten air forces in three continents. It was also selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) for its Light Air Support (LAS) program. The Super Tucano has gained an excellent performance record: over 230,000 flight hours and 30,000 combat hours.
Embraer has received more than 210 firm orders and has delivered more than 190 aircraft. The A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, including close air support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
With more than 130 weapons configurations certified, the A-29 Super Tucano 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 ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense from the Republic of Mali, Tieman Coulibaly.