Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A-29 Super Tucano

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A-29 Super Tucano
A-29 Super Tucano

A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency (COIN), close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training. A-29 Super Tucano can be used for a variety of missions, including light attack, surveillance, interception of air-to-air and counter-insurgency.

A-29 Super Tucano
A-29 Super Tucano
Today, the Super Tucano continues this revolution. A single-engine, multi-purpose military aircraft, the Super Tucano is the perfect combination of turboprop efficiency and fourth-generation avionics and armament systems. It delivers both training and operational effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. With a service life of 18,000 hours for typical training missions or 12,000 flying hours in operational environments, depending on mission loads and utilization, the Super Tucano is a high-performance aircraft whose operational costs are low due to improved logistics, enhanced system reliability and state-of-the-art engineering.
The Super Tucano EMB 314is powered by a 1,600 SHP, FADEC-controlled PWC PT6A-68C Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine, while the Super Tucano’s airframe has been designed with the latest generation technology and computer-aided tools to withstand +7G/-3.5G loads. The EMB-314 can fly at the rate of 24m per second. The maximum and cruise speed of the aircraft are 530km per hour and 593km per hour, respectively. The range and service ceiling of the Super Tucano are 4,820km and 10,670m respectively. Its maximum endurance is six hours and 30 minutes. The aircraft weighs around 3,020kg and its maximum take-off weight is 5,200kg. The fuel capacity is 695l, which gives a range of over 1,500km and endurance of 6hrs 30mins.

A-29 Super Tucano
A-29 Super Tucano
  • Role: Attack aircraft and Counter insurgency 
  • Manufacturer: Embraer Defense and Security
  • First flight: 2 June 1999
  • Primary users: Brazilian Air Force, Colombian Air Force, Dominican Air Force, Ecuadorian Air Force, Chilean Air Force
  • Produced: 2003–present
  • Unit cost: $9–14 million
  • Operational Cost: $430-500/hour
  • Developed from: Embraer EMB 312 Tucano
  • Maximum speed: 590 km/h (319 knots, 367 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 520 km/h (281 knots, 323 mph)
  • Stall speed: 148 km/h (80 knots, 92 mph
  • g-limits: +7/-3.5 g)
  • Range: 720 nmi (827 mi, 1,330 km)
  • Combat radius: 550 km (300 nmi, 342 mi) (hi-lo-hi profile, 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of external stores)
  • Ferry range: 1,541 nmi (1,774 mi, 2,855 km)
  • Endurance: 8hrs 40mins
  • Service ceiling: 10,668 m (35,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 24 m/s (79 ft/s)
  • Guns:
    • Internal: (2x) 12.7 mm (0.50 in) 950 rounds a minute FN Herstal M3P machine guns in wings.
    • pod: (1x) 20 mm (0.79 in) 650 rounds a minute GIAT M20A1 cannon below the fuselage.
    • pod: (1x) 12.7 mm (0.50 in) FN Herstal HMP for M3P machine gun.
    • pod: (4x) 7.62 mm (0.30 in) 3,000 rounds per minute Dillon Aero M134 Minigun (under development).
  • Rockets:
    • (4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LM-70/19(SBAT-70) 
    •  (4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LAU-68A/G
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air:AIM-9L Siderwinder, MAA-1A Piranha, MAA-1B Piranha (under development), Python 3, Python 4, Air-to-ground:, AGM-65 Maverick
  • Bombs:
    • General-purpose bombs: (10x) Mk 81, (5x) Mk 82, M-117
    • Incendiary bombs: BINC-300
    • Cluster bombs: BLG-252
    • Precision-guided bombs: SMKB-82 (under development) – Mectron/Britanite INS/GPS guidance kit for Mk 82, GBU-54 (under development), GBU-38 (under development), GBU-39 (under development), Paveway II, Lizard – Elbit laser guidance kit, Griffin – IAI laser guidance kit.


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