SPARKS, Nev. (Nov. 8, 2015) – The Republic of Lebanon today confirmed the acquisition of six A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security. The contract also includes a complete training system for Lebanese Air Force pilots and mechanics. The U.S. State Department approved the sale in June.
The aircraft sale is part of a larger, more comprehensive package, including infrastructure improvements, that will be fulfilled by other parties not involved in the SNC/Embraer partnership. The Super Tucano is currently used by 10 Air Forces around the world, and the planes for this sale will be built in the United States at Embraer’s Jacksonville, Florida, facility.
“The selection of the A-29 by the Lebanese Air Force is a great testament to the superiority of the Super Tucano and its ability to meet the challenges of the operating theater in the Middle East,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “The Super Tucano is the best and most capable aircraft in the market with a proven record of success with Air Forces around the world.”
“We are excited at the opportunity to provide Lebanon with these aircraft, which are proving to be an innovative and cost-effective solution for demanding military organizations around the world. It is ideal for the missions and operational environment faced by Lebanon and a host of other nations. We look forward to helping the Lebanese add exceptional multi-mission capability to their air force through use of the A-29 Super Tucano,” said Taco Gilbert, vice president of business development for SNC’s ISR business area.
After more than 10 years in service, the Super Tucano has gained an excellent performance record, earning Embraer more than 230 firm orders. With more than 140 certified load configurations, it is equipped with advanced electronics, electro-optical/infrared sensors, and night vision capability, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled munitions capacity.
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