Hungary eyes Embraer Super Tucano

Embraer Super Tucano Hungary
Embraer A-29 Super Tucano. The aircraft appears to be targeted by Hungary for training needs.

Local sources told Blog Before Flight that Hungary is considering purchasing a number of Embraer Super Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft to train Hungarian Air Force fighter pilots. The news comes a few months after the agreement signed between Budapest and the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer for two KC-390 transport aircraft.

Hungary's interest in a new trainer is well known, this is the reason why the Czech company Aero presented its new L-39NG trainer jet to the staff of the Kecskemet Air Force Base last year.

The project is part of the modernization of the armed forces that the Hungarian defense launched some time ago. In recent years Hungary has finalized various deals to procure new planes and helicopters.

Having renewed much of the fleet, the armed force is now mainly missing a trainer aircraft. Following the retirement of the L-39 Albatros in 2009, the nation began sending its student pilots to do much of the training overseas.

No confirmation has come from Embraer who, as it has already stated in the past, prefers not to share too many details as competition in the sector is very fierce. Furthermore, Hungary is used to negotiate multiple types with the same manufacturer as in the case of Airbus from which the nation bought both H-145M and H-225M helicopters.

Budapest's plan to restore military pilot training at home was also confirmed in late 2017 by Brig-Gen. József Koller, Commander of the HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base. At the time, he announced the commencement of training at Szolnok for some future military pilots of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Note: This news was provided exclusively to Blog Before Flight.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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