Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced the launch of a new variant of its EMB 314 Super Tucano turboprop attack and light training aircraft during the LAAD Defence & Security trade show taking place in Rio de Janeiro.
The new variant will be specifically configured to meet the needs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), hence its designation: A-29N.
The A-29N will feature a new data link and the ability to be operated by a single pilot. Embraer also notes that the aircraft will be capable of supporting Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training missions.
“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security, said in a statement. “We see many application possibilities for the A-29N at the moment. Several European countries have shown interest in specific aircraft capabilities that we have now introduced with this version.”
The EMB 314 Super Tucano is a turboprop attack and light training aircraft designed for counter-insurgency missions, advanced training, and light attack roles. According to its manufacturer, it has been selected by more than 15 air forces worldwide.
The manufacturer hopes that the new variant will find operators in Europe, where the Super Tucano is not yet present.