Chris Carlson, a Sierra Nevada Corporation senior pilot, taxis an A-29 Super Tucano on the flightline during its first arrival on 26 September 2014 at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, USA. The Afghan Air Force will implement the A-29 as their current air-to-ground aircraft (Image © Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman / USAF)

Lebanon: one step closer to A-29 Super Tucano

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Lebanon, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in Washington announced on 9 June. The aircraft would support Lebanon in holding off Islamic State (IS) at the eastern border with Syria.

The proposed sale includes associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of 462 million USD. According to the DCSA, the sale of the Super Tucanos ‘will provide Lebanon with a much needed Close Air Support (CAS) platform to meet present and future challenges posed by internal and border security threats’.

The Super Tucano was originally developed by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. Prime contractor in the US is Sierra Nevada Corporation, which builds the type in Jacksonville, Florida. Super Tucanos are currently being built for the Afghan Air Force. Other contractors are BAE Systems and Pratt & Whitney.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A Super Tucano. (Image © Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman / USAF) )