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  • #76
    I came to this conclusion because for a time, it was the KT-1 Wongbee that was the front runner due to access of logistics with SoKor. For the Philippines to go ahead with a purchase that is from on the otherside of the planet was a big gamble, unless they are confident about the supply chain.


    • #77
      ^ The Panama Canal is still open.


      • #78
        Originally posted by merkwurdig View Post
        ^ The Panama Canal is still open.
        Yeah, but the Philippine Sea is right next to us and much closer, than a canal in Central America.


        • #79
          Originally posted by Junglejim View Post
          Yeah, but the Philippine Sea is right next to us and much closer, than a canal in Central America.

          You're right the KT-1 is a good choice, although a much lighter platform. Not sure how it compares in terms of survivability. More importantly its good to develop a closer relationship with Korea.


          • #80
            We re already buying a lot from Korea, matter of fact its looking to be like a showcase of what we can afford on our own than when we relied from the US. Tucano for me was the way moving forward and is just a more mature platform with a focus on on COIN, than the KT-1


            • #81
              Embraer’s Super Tucano Balances Cost and Capability for Export Success

              The Super Tucano improves on its predecessor in a number of areas. Its 1,600 hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68C engine has more than twice the power of the Tucano’s 750 hp unit, and its airframe has been strengthened as well, allowing for up to 1,500 kg of payload and a longer operational life. Twin wing-mounted .50 cal machineguns are standard, and a FLIR AN/AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE II sensor can be fitted for ground attack missions. For countries with a dearth of paved airstrips, the Super Tucano offers the capability to operate from unimproved runways thanks to its robust construction and large, low-pressure tires.

              Advanced avionics are one of the Super Tucano’s selling points; despite its low cost, the aircraft incorporates many of the features found aboard fourth-generation multirole fighters, such as a glass cockpit with two LCD displays, a hands-on-throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) control layout, night vision and helmet mounted display compatibility, laser inertial and GPS navigation, and more. It can be fitted with radios and datalinks as specified by the customer. When the Super Tucano is used as a trainer, pilots benefit from using avionics which better approximate those of high-end aircraft.

              The incorporation of modern avionics and datalinks allows the Super Tucano to utilize a wide variety of weapons. For strike missions, the aircraft can employ a variety of dumb and smart bombs, 70 mm rocket pods, and gun pods (up to 20 mm). For light air-to-air duty, short-range infrared missiles, such as the AIM-9, Python, and MAA, are supported. Defensive systems include a radar warning receiver and infrared flares.


              • #82
                US agrees Super Tucano sale to Nigeria



                • #83
                  USAF A-29 Super Tucano and AT-6 Texan II • Dirt Runway Test


                  • #84
                    Shooting Down Drone Swarms With Prop Planes

                    It's one way to defend airbases from this new threat

                    Last week’s massed attempted drone strike against Russian forces in Syria is a harbinger of things to come. Indeed, it is almost inevitable that American forces could come under similar attack.

                    However, countering drones with surface-to-air missiles or interceptor aircraft is expensive, thus an airplane such as Embraer and Sierra Nevada’s A-29 Super Tucano might be a more cost effective option.

                    “The A-29 does have an air-to-air kill against drug runners so it can certainly be used very effectively against that class of target,” Taco Gilbert, Sierra Nevada’s senior vice president for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance told reporters on Jan. 16. “It has the ability to go slow like a slow-mover aircraft.”


                    • #85
                      I'm not sure you can compare shooting down a rather large 2 engine prop passenger plane with a small drone. With 2 GAU21. But then I saw this on wiki:

                      • 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.[204]
                      Imagine having the 2 internal 12.7mm plus one extra under the belly.. and then 4(!) 7.62mm miniguns!! Firing tracers of course.. all at once I would like to see that!


                      • #86
                        US Air Force kills combat demo for light attack aircraft

                        The U.S. Air Force will not be proceeding with a combat demonstration for its light attack aircraft, but an eventual program of record has become the assumed outcome of further experimentation planned for two turboprop planes.

                        The new experiments, planned for May to July 2018 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, narrow the field to Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano made by Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer — cutting the Textron Scorpion and L-3 Technologies’ AT-802L Longsword from further competition.

                        “Rather than do a combat demonstration, we have decided to work closely with industry to experiment with maintenance, data networking and sensors with the two most promising light attack aircraft — the AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said. “This will let us gather the data needed for a rapid procurement."



                        • #87
                          Some nice video and news

                          The Afghan Air Force may be one of the few success stories in a 17-year war
                          (Afghan A-29 laser guided weapon strike)