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EMB-312 Tucano  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 790
Unitary Cost: USD$18 million
Also Known As: A-29 Super Tucano, ALX Super Tucano, AT-29 Super Tucano, EMB-312F, EMB-312H Super Tucano, Light Air Support, S312, T-27 Tucano and Tucano T.1
Origin: Brazil
Corporations: Embraer
Parent System: EMB-312 Tucano
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 790
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Description: EMB-312 Tucano (Toucan in English) was developed by Embraer beginning in the late 1970s to replace Brazil's Air Force Cessna T-37 training aircraft. The Brazilian Air Force took delivery of the first production machine in 1983. Despite Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A is the standard engine in production aircraft it can be powered by alternative powerplants according to end customer requirements. The basic EMB-312 Tucano aircraft entered into service in 1983 with more than 600 aircraft sold to at least 15 international customers.

EMB-312H Super Tucano was an evolution of EMB-312 aircraft with an stretched fuselage developed by Embraer. It was powered by more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A-68 engine rated at 1,250-shp. Super Tucano was the aircraft defeated by Raytheon's T-6 during JPATS competition. ALX (Light Attack Aircraft) is a further evolution of Super Tucano featuring enhanced performance, zero-zero ejection seats, PT-6A-68/3 engine rated at 1,600-shp and onboard oxygen generation system (OBOGS).

EMB-312H Super Tucano and multi-purpose ALX are different aircraft but since 2003 Super Tucano designation applies to ALX. Actually Super Tucano is ALX designation for the export market. Single-engine Super Tucano/ALX suits training and light attack roles combining fourth generation avionics and armament systems while yielding jet-like performance. In addition to flight training, Super Tucano/ALX also offers in-flight virtual training for armaments and sensors.

Embraer' Super Tucano/ALX has five external underwing and fuselage stations carrying weaponry and fuel tanks. The armament options include unguided rockets, gun pods, air-to-air missiles, free fall bombs and smart munitions. Its design flexibility allows operations from unprepared runways, day or night. Single-seat A-29 Super Tucano designation refers to light attack variant while twin-seat AT-29 Super Tucano refers to the variant intended for both training and light attack roles.

Embraer is marketing Super Tucano/ALX on the international market to fill the gap of many low budget Air Forces which can not afford expensive jet aircraft. The aircraft is available for current Tucano operators to boost their fleets capabilities. To date, Super Tucano/ALX has been ordered by the Brazilian Air Force and the Dominican Republic. In August 2001 Brazil signed for 76 ALX Super Tucano aircraft plus 23 options with the first delivered in December 2003. Dominican Republic ordered 10 Super Tucanos in August 2001.

Embraer and the Government of Colombia on behalf of its Air Force signed a $235 million contract for the purchase of 25 Super Tucano aircraft on December 7, 2005. The Colombian Air Force was operating 14 Tucano basic training aircraft acquired in the 1990s. The newest Super Tucano aircraft were ordered to conduct internal and border security missions.

EMB-312 Tucano Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 3.40 meter (11.2 foot)
Length: 11.4 meter (37.4 foot)
Wingspan: 11.1 meter (36.5 foot)
Ceiling: 10,700 meter (35,105 foot)
Max Range: 1,800 kilometer (972 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,600 shp
Cruise Speed: 114 mps (411 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 125 mps (450 kph)
Flight Endurance: 5 hour (300 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,200 kilogram (7,055 pound)
Payload: 1,500 kilogram (3,307 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EMB-312 Tucano News

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8 Dec 2005 and 11 Feb 2020
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020US Air Force Kills Truboprop Attack Plane
Wednesday, February 6, 2019Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation to Deliver 12 A-29s to Nigerian Air Force
Wednesday, November 28, 2018US Air Force Orders 12 A-29 Light Attack Aircraft for Nigeria
Thursday, November 30, 2017Philippine Air Force Orders Six A-29 Super Tucano for Close Air Support
Wednesday, October 25, 2017US Air Force Orders Six More A-29 Aircraft on Behalf of Afghanistan
Monday, October 16, 2017Undisclosed Customer Orders Six Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
Thursday, August 3, 2017FMS: Nigeria Requests Sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft
Monday, November 9, 2015Lebanon Buys Six A-29 Super Tucano Turboprop Aircraft
Friday, June 19, 2015Ghana Air Force Orders Five Embraer A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft
Monday, June 15, 2015Republic of Mali Signs Contract for Six A-29 Super Tucanos

Operators & Related Equipment

Ex-US Air Force aircraft transferred within 2016 (20) and six ordered in October 2017
A-29 Super Tucano
FAB ordered 99 Super Tucanos
Apr 201392
Burkina Faso3
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Super Tucano ordered by the Chilean Air Force in August 2008
The Colombian Air Force holdings include 25 Super Tucanos ordered in 2005.
Super Tucano
Aircraft ordered by Ghana Air Force in June 2015 (5 A-29 Super Tucano)
Indonesian Air Force eight Super Tucanos ordered in November 2010 with first deliveries due in 2012; second batch of eight aircraft ordered in July 2012 with first deliveries due in 2014
200516Tucano trainers
A-29 Super Tucano (6) ordered in November 2015
Jun 20186
Aircraft ordered in June 2015 (6 A-29 Super Tucanos)
A-29 Super Tucano
Air Force ordered six A-29 airplanes in November 2017
United Kingdom?
United States of America20
Aircraft (20 A-29) ordered by the US Air Force in December 2011 under the Light Air Support (LAS) program. The program was cancelled in February 2012. Transferred to Afghanistan.

Grand Total 30329
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