HOW POWERFUL IS SUPER TUCANO A-29 / EMB 314
HOW POWERFUL IS SUPER TUCANO A-29 / EMB 314
As fighters become more complex, the need for highly effective trainer aircraft is on the rise. Embraer’s Super Tucano a single engine, stepped-tandem, multi-purpose military turboprop - delivers both training and operational effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. It offers advanced solutions for basic to early advanced and weapons familiarization training, such as in-flight virtual training, and also provides the superb operational characteristics required for successful internal security operation support and counter-insurgency (COIN) missions.
The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano , also named ALX or A-29, is a turboprop light attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance missions in low-threat environments, as well as providing pilot training. Designed to operate in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain, the Super Tucano is highly maneuverable, has a low heat signature, and incorporates fourth-generation avionics and weapons systems to deliver precision-guided munitions.
With the 1,600 SHP Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68/3 turboprop engine, it can reach the fight fast with a maximum speed of about 595km/h.
Once there, Super Tucano can also keep constantly near the fight even within thousands of metres is possible as opposed to flying in large multiple-mile radius circles. This means that the aircraft can more immediately react and respond to things evolving on the ground.
In fact, Super Tucano can fight from the air at less than 304 metres above the ground battle.
From there, the aircraft can protect forces unleashing weapons from above for more than three hours whereas fast jets may only be able to help for a mere fraction of that time before they need to refuel at bases that are often a great distance away.
Flying this close can also importantly help pilots prevent friendly fire accidents in the midst of intense, rapidly changing firefights.
The Super Tucano's airframe was designed, both in its single- and twin-seater versions, with the latest generation technology and computer-aided tools that provide the aircraft with a potential 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 airframe is designed to withstand +7G/-3.5G loads. The aircraft's structure is corrosion-protected and the side-hinged canopy has a windshield capable of withstanding a bird strike at 270 kts. The aircraft's cockpit environment has been enlarged to more comfortably accommodate male and female pilots and instrumentation has been designed to glass cockpit standards.
As a result of its unique design, the Super Tucano is ideally suited to cope with the Information Warfare environment.
In Brazil, it operates within the latest and most sophisticated surveillance system implemented in the world — the Amazon Surveillance Program or SIVAM.
The aircraft flies in border surveillance missions, pursuing and intercepting aerial targets. It is capable of receiving and transmitting data through its embedded, state-of-the-art data-link systems.
-Internal: (2×) 12.7 mm (0.50 in) 1,100 rounds per minute FN
Herstal M3P machine guns, one in each wing.
-pod: 1 20 mm (0.79 in) 650 rounds per minute GIAT M20A1
cannon below the fuselage.
-pod: 1 12.7 mm (0.50 in) FN Herstal HMP for M3P machine gun
under each wing
-pod: up to 4 7.62 mm (0.30 in) 3,000 rounds per minute Dillon
Aero M134 Minigun (under development) under wings.
-Hardpoints: 5 (two under each wing and one under fuselage
centreline) with a capacity of 1,550 kg (3,300 lb)
(4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LM-70/19(SBAT-70)
(4x) pods 70 mm (2.75 in) LAU-68A/G
MAA-1B Piranha (under development)
(10x) Mk 81
(5x) Mk 82
FPG-82 (under development) Friuli Aeroespacial INS/GPS guidance kit for Mk 82.
SMKB-82 – INS/GPS guidance kit for Mk 82.
GBU-54 (under development)
GBU-38 (under development)
GBU-39 (under development)
Lizard – Elbit laser guidance kit.
Griffin – IAI laser guidance kit.
Chaff & Flare (countermeasures)
FLIR AN/AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE II (Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensors)
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Alder
Staff Sgt. Richard Kaulfers
Capt. Bryan Bouchard
Senior Airman Kaitlyn Johnson