|Afghan A-29 Super Tucano Ground-Attack Aircraft|
MANILA, Philippines - Six Brazilian-made close-air support aircraft with night flying capabilities will be the latest additions to the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s air muscle.
The acquisition of the six new A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is part of the PAF’s ongoing modernization, which also involves the purchase of more FA50 lead-in trainer fighter jets from South Korea.
After several delays, post qualification inspections of the aircraft are now being done in Brazil. Embraer Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. bagged the P4.9-billion defense contract. The delivery of the aircraft is still being finalized.
The multibillion-peso procurement is sourced from the revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Trust Act Fund.
A team has been dispatched to inspect the manufacturer’s facilities and the aircraft.
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