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Indonesian Air Force to fly first Super Tucano in Asia Pacific

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SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS (BNS): Super Tucano light attack turboprops will debut in the Asia pacific Region with the Indonesian Air Force.

Embraer has won a competition held by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense to supply eight Super Tucano light attack turboprops for the Indonesian Air Force.

The deal includes ground support stations and an integrated logistics package. The delivery will begin in 2012, Embraer said.

“We are very pleased to have the Indonesian Air Force as the newest customer of Embraer Defense Systems,” said Orlando José Ferreira Neto, Embraer Executive Vice President, Defense Market.

“The Super Tucano is a proven light attack and advanced trainer turboprop, flying currently in five air forces, and we are certain it will perfectly suit Indonesia’s needs.”

The aircraft has been chosen to replace a fleet of OV-10 Broncos, due to its flexibility to perform a broad range of missions, including light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counter insurgence.

The Super Tucano is equipped for military missions and designed to operate from unpaved runways. Its unmatched weaponry capacity comes with a wide variety of external options, including conventional and laser-guided bombs, air-to-air missiles, and others.

The aircraft is also equipped with Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors, including laser designator, and secure radios with datalink communications.

The airplane has an advanced navigation and weapon aiming system that ensures high mission precision and reliability, using conventional or smart weapons, even under extreme conditions. The aircraft requires minimal logistical support for continuous operation.

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