US Air Force receives final A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft

USAF A29 Super Tucano
USAF A-29C Super Tucano. It features the iconic paint scheme of WWII fighters the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on March 31 the delivery of the third and final A-29C Super Tucano aircraft to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft, which the firm has defined as "the most technologically enhanced and mission capable A-29 brought to market", are intended for AFSOC’s Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission which is designed to build international partner capacity. The first two A-29Cs, delivered earlier this month, are already conducting training operations with AFSOC at Hurlburt Air Force Base.

“SNC is incredibly proud to partner with the U.S. Air Force to support this critical global mission,” said Ed Topps, senior vice president tactical aircraft systems and programs for SNC’s ISR, Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area. “With an active production line and low lifecycle costs, the A-29C can easily transition into the field to enhance warfighter support and provide long-overdue capabilities to those on the ground.”

Specific to the CAA mission, the A-29C provides AFSOC with advanced capabilities for the purposes of assessing, training, advising, assisting and accompanying partner nation aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration.

The A-29 Super Tucano is built in the United States by the Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, and has been selected by 15 Air Forces worldwide. The A-29 is a versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft designed to perform operations from unimproved runways and at forward operating bases in austere environments and rugged terrain.

Written by Darren Bondi
Source, Image: Sierra Nevada Corporation

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