Ghana is to order four additional Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack, counter-insurgency and training aircraft from Brazil, according to Ghanaian Air Force’s Air Vice Marshal Michael Samon-Oje. More new aircraft are on their way.
The high-ranking officers confirmed on Accra Airbase this week that its country will gain a second batch of the Super Tucanos, following a 2015 order for five A-29s, and that negotiations with Brazil are ongoing.
Third Ghana Airbus C295
As we reported earlier Ghana is upgrading its military. Apart from the five Harbin Z-9EH helicopters received in October this year, a third Airbus C295 tactical airlifter is soon expected. Six additional Mil Mi-17 tactical transport helicopters are on order in Russia, to complement the current seven “Hips”.
After the four remaining Aermacchi MB-339 aircraft were placed in storage in 2014, the Ghanaian Air Force has no fixed-wing combat element until the entry into service in 2016 of the first five Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos.
Ghana is currently upgrading its military capacity. The Air Force can expect a fair number of new aircraft soon, according to John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Mr. Dramani Mahami made his statements while visiting Burma Camp in Accra earlier in February 2015. The equipping drive which commenced in 2009 under the Late President John Mills will see GAF receive a set of new aircrafts – including four new Harbin Z-9 helicopters and five new Embraer A-29 Super Tucano training and light attack aircraft, a statement reads.
“We must prepare and train for any eventuality – hostage situations, bombings, and attacks on shopping malls among others,” the Ghana president said. He sees the new aircraft as a “progressive effort to upgrade the GAF into a vibrant force in the sub region”.
Until the arrival of the Super Tucanos the Ghana Air Force’s only fixed-wing attack aircraft are four Hongdu K-8 Karakorums.