Embraer Launches A-29N Super Tucano in NATO Configuration

The new version of Embraer’s Super Tucano light attack aircraft will feature equipment to meet NATO's operational requirements. (Image: Embraer)

Embraer recently launched the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) configuration with an initial focus on meeting the needs of nations in Europe. The new version of the aircraft, the A-29N, will include equipment and features to fulfill NATO's operational requirements, such as a new datalink and single-pilot operation.

These features will further increase the aircraft's employment possibilities, allowing, for example, its use in Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training missions. Training devices will also be upgraded to the world's most demanding standards, including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.

“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security. “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.”

With more than 260 units delivered worldwide, the aircraft has been selected by more than 15 air forces worldwide, including the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It is equipped with various state-of-the-art sensors and weapons, including an electro-optical/infrared system with laser designator, night vision goggles, secure voice communications, and a data-link package. In addition to combat roles, the aircraft is widely used as an advanced trainer. Its ability to simulate combat missions and upload and download flight data has also seen its use as a pilot training platform.