Turkmenistan appears to be new Super Tucano customer

Some recent images suggest that Turkmenistan's first aircraft are on delivery.

Turkmenistan buy Super Tucano
Embraer Super Tucano during its route to Turkmenistan.

In recent days, the Brazilian website Airway posted about the journey by two EMB-314B (A-29B) Super Tucano turboprop aircraft with registration numbers PT-ZHI and PT-ZHJ to Turkmenistan.

Last Thursday the two planes made a stopover in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, to then take off the following day towards Cape Verde. They are equipped with external fuel tanks and have their military identifications covered. According to the Brazilian Aircraft Registry, both A-29s were manufactured in 2020.

The production date and the hidden codes, probably to satisfy Turkmenistan's high confidentiality imposed by international law that prohibits the sale of arms to countries with internal repression - suggest that it could be a first delivery flight of the new aircraft ordered by Ashgabat.

Rumors say that Embraer has been in talks with the Turkmen government since 2019 to close a deal including six light attack/trainer aircraft. Both parties, however, denied the fact.

On June 13, 2019, Turkmenistan State TV broadcast images of a Super Tucan flying over a Turkmen Air Force base. The aircraft was identified with the PT-ZTU number which is that of the Embraer demo aircraft, but the Brazilian manufacturer did not confirm the visit.

The Turkmen Air Force is currently undergoing a major reorganization of its fleet, it is also looking at a new cargo plane to replace the old An-26 and An-74 aircraft.

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Written by Matteo Sanzani
Photo Credit: Airway

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