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Author Topic: Light Air Support will be Embraer A-29 Super Tucano  (Read 9580 times)


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« on: 3 January 2012, 06:00:09 »

Light Air Support will be Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks is being awarded a firm-fixed price delivery order 0001 contract for the Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft and associated support.   This is a [...]

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« Reply #1 on: 6 January 2012, 02:27:56 »

Now, thats good news, seems reason has made its way to the procurement department (on top of the bribes and commisions, of course).

The Super Tucan seems the right a/c for the job, it is not to expected that the jockeys will get their asses shot off in the numbers that hit the OV-10 drivers in Vietnam. While only in the one seated version equipped with cal .50 MGs in the wing roots, this a/c is absolutely HiTec and probably the dream of every WWII nostalgic in todays theaters:

Combat proven, in active use by the Brazilian and Columbian Air Forces (Tucan), with an amazing loiter time (8 hrs) it has a spectacular avionics suite, ejection seats, FLIR (is night and day capable), two nav-integrated mission computers, most modern defense and counter-measure systems (missile detectors, chaff and flares, etc), is Kevlar protected to prevent hits to vital enignen and hydraulic parts up to cal .50.

Differences of the SuperTucan to the Tucan as used by Brazil and Columbia:

- New engine PT6A-67C with 1.600 shp
- Hartzell prop with 5 blades
- Enlarged fuselage (30 cm) to compensate for extra 77 kg of the new engine
- Canopy penetration proof up to 12.7 mm/birdstrikes up to 270 kmh
- Kevlar covering
- Ejection Seats MK10LCK (zero/zero)
- Redundant primary systems
- Stronger structure provides higher positive and negative g tolerance
- reinforced landing gear
- greater takeoff weights with a heavier stores load, now up to 1,500 kilograms
- 2 12.7mm MGs in the wings (only one seater)
- 5 external weapon stations/hardpoints
- 3 "wet" hardpoints for fuel tanks to prolong loiter time/range
- Reserve electric system
- "antimoss" filters for carburants
- Onboard oxygen generating system
- Completely revamped avionics


General characteristics

    Length: 11.33 m (37.17 ft)
    Wingspan: 11.14 m (36.55 ft)
    Height: 3.97 m (13.02 ft)
    Wing area: 19.4 m² (208.82 sq ft)
    Empty weight: 3,020 kg (6,658 lb)
    Loaded weight: 4,520 kg (9,965 lb)
    Max takeoff weight: 5,200 kg (11,464 lb)
    Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68C, 1,600 hp (1,193 kW)


    Maximum speed: 593 km/h (320 knots, 368 mph)
    +7/-3.5 g handling
    Range: 4,820 km (2,995 mi)
    Service ceiling: 10,670 m (35,008 ft)
    Rate of climb: 24 m/s (79 ft/s)


    2x 12.7 mm FN Herstal M3P machine guns
    1x 20 mm cannon pod below the fuselage
    4x 70 mm rocket launcher pods
    Conventional ('Iron') and Guided ('Smart') bombs
    2x AIM-9 Sidewinder or MAA-1 Piranha or Python 3/4 air-to-air missiles
    External stores on 5 hardpoints

•   Full Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) concept
•   Laser INS with GPS Navigation System
•   Computerized Attack Modes (CCIP, CCRP, CCIL, etc.)
•   HUD (Head Up Display) with UFCP (Up Front Control Panel)
•   Two 6” x 8” Liquid crystal, active matrix Color Multi-Function Displays (CMFD) per pilot station
•   Tactical V/UHF with provisions for data-links
•   Integrated Radio Communication and Navigation
•   Video Camera/Recorder
•   NVG Gen III-compatible internal/external lighting system
•   2 axis Mil Automatic Pilot with embedded mission planning capability
•   Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)
•   All-glass, low workload cockpit for situational awareness
•   Helmet Mounted Display System (optional)
•   Crew survivability is ensured through armor protection and state-of-the-art provisions such as MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System) and RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) in addition to chaff and flare dispensers. The communication and navigation system is similar to that of training applications, but features such as PR (Positioning Reporting) and ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) allow automatic transmission of aircraft position and flight data to ground bases. The aircraft is also equipped with an EGIR (Embedded GPS/INS & Radar Altimeter)

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