The Senegalese Air Force signed a contract, today, at LAAD Defence & Security, for the acquisition of three A-29 Super Tucano light attack, advanced training turboprops from Embraer Defense & Security.
The order includes logistical support for the operation and the installation of a training system for pilots and mechanics (TOSS) in Senegal, bringing autonomy to that country's Air Force in preparing qualified personnel. The aircraft will be deployed on border surveillance and internal security missions.
"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 aircraft operates with over 130 weapons configurations and is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optical, infra-red, and laser systems, as well as secure radio systems with data link technology and an unparalleled weapons capacity, which makes it highly reliable and gives it an excellent cost-benefit ratio for a large number of military missions, even on unpaved runways and in hostile environments.
Besides its reinforced airframe for operating on unpaved airfields, the airplane has advanced navigation and weapons guidance systems, which ensures high precision and reliability, when using both conventional and smart weaponry under extreme conditions. The airplane requires minimum logistical support for continuous operations.