Sao Jose dos Campos, May 26, 2009) -- Embraer delivered the 100th Super Tucano aircraft, today, at the Company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira - FAB) established the technical-operational requisites for this advanced turboprop, designated as the A-29 by the FAB, which has ordered 99 aircraft, and now receives this commemorative unit.
"We are proud to deliver the 100th aircraft specifically to the FAB, which was the first to operate the Super Tucano," said Orlando Jose Ferreira Neto, Embraer Executive Vice President, Defense Market. "The FAB's ability to establish challenging requisites that reflect real operating conditions was of paramount importance to our development of such a successful airplane. As a result, the Super Tucano offers the market's best solution for more efficient tactical training, and the best operational adaptation, by incorporating leading edge technologies."
Out of a total of 169 units sold, so far, Embraer has orders from the Air Forces of Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. The Super Tucano currently operates successfully with the Brazilian and Colombian Air Forces on air space surveillance and operational missions.
The Super Tucano, in its single- and two-seat versions, entered service with the FAB in December 2003, to be used both to train pilots and to fly operational missions. This flexibility makes the Super Tucano the only aircraft in production, in the world, that is capable of handling advanced pilot training, surveillance, and counter-insurgency missions, including at night, with the aid of night-vision goggles, and electro-optical and infra-red sensors. It also operates on rustic airfields and with a wide variety of qualified external load configurations.