Procurement: Tucano Conquers The South

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August 20,2008:  Chile has ordered twelve Brazilian Super Tucano warplanes. Earlier this year, Ecuador had ordered 24. The Super Tucano is a five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft. It is basically a prop driven trainer that is equipped for combat missions. The aircraft can carry up to 1.5 tons of weapons, including 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs and missiles. The aircraft cruises at about 500 kilometers an hour and can stay in the air for about 6.5 hours per sortie.

Colombia is already using Super Tucanos for counter-insurgency work The aircraft is also used for border patrol. The Super Tucano costs $9 million each, and come in one or two seat versions. The bubble canopy provides excellent visibility. This, coupled with its slow speed (versus jets), makes it an excellent ground attack aircraft.

 


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