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Embraer unveils A-29N Super Tucano in NATO configuration

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Brazil-based aerospace specialist Embraer has unveiled a new variant of its A-29N Super Tucano aircraft, featuring a new datalink and single-pilot operation to meet the operational requirements of NATO member nations.

The new configuration features capabilities designed to meet the rigorous requirements of NATO missions, the company said. This includes improved communication systems and compatibility with NATO’s standardized weaponry.

The A-29N Super Tucano’s new datalink and single-pilot operation capabilities increase its versatility and make it suitable for various missions, including JTAC training, and the training devices will be upgraded to meet the most demanding standards, such as virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.

The A-29N Super Tucano is used by more than 15 air forces worldwide, including the United States Air Force. The aircraft can perform a range of missions, including light attack, aerial surveillance, interception, and counterinsurgency.

“This is a new stage in the operational life of the A-29 Super Tucano,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, president and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security. “We see many application possibilities for the A-29N at the moment. Several European countries have shown interest in specific aircraft capabilities that we have now introduced with this version.”

The A-29 Super Tucano can be equipped with sensors and weapons, including an electro-optical/infrared system with laser designator, night vision goggles, secure voice communications, and a data-link package for a range of roles.