Embraer has unveiled its A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft in a NATO configuration at a military technology convention in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The jet, called the A-29N, has features required for NATO deployments, including new single-pilot operation and data link capabilities.
The aircraft’s associated training devices were also upgraded for Joint Attack Controller Training missions and other military practice runs with virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality approaches.
“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” Embraer Defense & Security CEO and President Bosco da Costa Jr. stated.
“We see many application possibilities for the A-29N at the moment. Several European countries have shown interest in specific aircraft capabilities that we have now introduced with this version.”
‘Highly Influential’ Aircraft
According to Embraer, over 260 A-29 units have been delivered worldwide to date.
More than 15 international defense organizations operate the aircraft, including the US Air Force.
The jet is flown for different military missions, including threat engagements, counterinsurgency, and aerial surveillance.
Its rugged design is specialized for operating from unpaved runways and remote airfields with little support. This feature enables the A-29 to be highly available and deployed at low cost.
Standard modules of the A-29 consist of an electro-optical-infrared system, laser target tracker, secure voice communications, and night vision goggles.
“The A-29 Super Tucano represents the gold standard in its field, combining superior aircraft performance with 21st-century weapons, integrated sensors, and surveillance systems to create a highly influential air power component,” the company said.