Embraer EMB 314 (A-29 Super Tucano) - one of the best COIN planes

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Embraer EMB 314 (A-29 Super Tucano)

Introduction:

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The Embraer EMB 314 A-29 Super Tucano, a formidable light-turbo attack aircraft, was meticulously designed to excel in a wide range of missions. Its primary roles encompass counterinsurgency, close air support, reconnaissance in low-threat environments, and even pilot training. The Super Tucano’s exceptional versatility makes it a valuable asset for military operations. Moreover, this aircraft is tailored to operate seamlessly in challenging conditions characterized by high temperatures, humidity, and rugged terrains. Its features include high maneuverability, a low thermal signature, and advanced avionics and fourth-generation weapon systems, enhancing its precision and effectiveness in delivering guided munitions.

Engine and Development:

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In the mid-1980s, Embraer embarked on the development of the Short Tucano and the EMB-312G1, which shared an engine with Garrett. Although the EMB-312G1 prototype took its inaugural flight in July 1986, the project was abandoned due to the lack of interest from the Brazilian Air Force. However, lessons learned from aircraft deployment in Peru and Venezuela led to a reevaluation of the project. Additionally, Embraer sought to create a helicopter attack version, referred to as the “helicopter killer” or EMB-312H. This initiative was spurred by the rejection of the US Joint Primary Aircraft Training System program proposal. The first EMB-312H prototype took flight in September 1991. It featured a fuselage extension, reinforced structure, cockpit pressurization, and a more powerful PT6A-67R engine. Two additional prototypes, equipped with the PT6A-68A engine, were constructed in 1993.

Equipment and Special Features:

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The Super Tucano, designated as the EMB-314, was developed as part of the Brazilian Government’s Amazon Surveillance System project. It was intended to operate alongside R-99A and R-99B aircraft for intercepting illegal flights and patrolling Brazil’s borders. The ALX project, created by the Brazilian Air Force, aimed to replace the Embraer EMB 326GB Xavante and required a military instructor aircraft suitable for the challenging Amazon region. The ALX specifications demanded a long-range turboprop engine, capable of day and night operations under various weather conditions, with the ability to land on short airstrips lacking infrastructure. In August 1995, a contract worth $50 million was awarded to Embraer for the development of the ALX, with two upgraded EMB-312Hs serving as prototypes. The aircraft underwent significant modifications, leading to its new designation as the EMB-314 Super Tucano. The development cost of the aircraft ranged from $200 million to $300 million.

The Super Tucano distinguished itself from the EMB-312 Tucano training aircraft through several key features. It boasts a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68C engine, a reinforced structure for higher loads and increased fatigue life, enhanced landing gear, Kevlar armor protection, internal .50 caliber machine guns, and the capacity to carry various munitions at five weapon points. Its “glass cockpit” is compatible with night vision goggles, and it incorporates a range of advanced avionics and warning systems. Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with zero-zero ejection seats, making it a robust and versatile military asset.

General Features:

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Description:

  • Type / Mission: Light attack aircraft and advanced training, with a turboprop engine, monoplane single-engine.
  • Country of origin: Brazil
  • Manufacturer: Embraer Defense & Security
  • Quantity Produced: 247
  • Developed by: Embraer EMB-312 Tucano
  • First flight on: June 2, 1999 (19 years old)
  • Introduced: August 6, 2004 (official)
  • Crew: 1 (single seat) or 2 (double seat)

Dimensions:

  • Wingspan: 11.14 m (36.54856 ft)
  • Length: 11.30 m (37.07349 ft)
  • Height: 3.97 m (13.02493 ft)

Weights:

  • Empty: 3200 kg (7055 lbs)
  • Maximum take-off: 5400 kg (12000 lbs)
  • Maximum combat load (external loads / ammunition): 1550 kg (3420 lbs)
  • Crew: 1 single pilot or 2 (1 pilot + 1 system operator / student) in the double seat.

Performance:

  • Maximum leveled speed: 590 km/h (365 mph) empty
  • Cruising speed: 520 km/h (325 mph)
  • Stall speed: 148 km/h (92 mph)
  • Range of transfer: 1445 km (900 mi) with internal fuel and 2855 km (1775 mi) with external tanks
  • Service ceiling: 10665 m (35000 ft)
  • Autonomy: 3.4 h (internal fuel) and 8.4 h (with external tanks)
  • Fighting radius: 550 km (340 mi) Hi-Lo-Hi
  • Taking Off distance / landing distance: 900 m / 860 m (3000 ft / 2820 ft)

Structure:

  • Load factors: +7 G / -3.5G
  • Pressurizing: 5 psi
  • Shelf life: 12000 h (typical combat) and 18000 h (typical training)
  • Windshield: Impact resistant to birds from 1.8 kg (4 lbs) to 555 km/h (354 mph)

Weapons:

  • Machine guns: 2 × FN Herstal M3P 12.7 mm (.50 in., Each with two hundred and fifty shots, installed internally on the wings)
  • Cannons: 1 × 20 GIAT M20A1 cannon pod (under the fuselage)
  • Rockets: 4x 70mm LM-70/19 rocket launcher pods or 70mm LAU-68 rocket launcher pods
  • Bombs: Mk 81; BAFG-120; Mk 82 or M117 (general use); BLG-252 (grenade launcher); Lizard or Griffin (laser guided); JDAM (direct attack joint ammunition); SDB (small diameter bombs); Paveway II (guided by laser / GPS)
  • Air-to-air missiles: 2 × AIM-9L; MAA-1 (homologated); Python 3 or Python 4
  • Air-surface missiles: 2 × AGM-65; 4 × AGM-114
  • Weapon Stations: 5 points (two on each wing and one under the fuselage)
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Propulsion:

  • Engine: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68C turboprop with 1600 horsepower (hp), featuring FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and EICAS (Engine Indication System and Crew Alert).
  • Propeller: 1 Hartzell pentapá with a diameter of 2.38 m (7.808399 ft).

Systems and Equipment:

  • Optional cab and engine shielding.
  • CMFD / HUD / UFCP / HOTASOBOGS (On-board oxygen generator system).
  • M3AR 6000 Series V / UHF Radio (secure data transmission and reception system).
  • FLIR Star SAFIRE III or BRITE Star DP (front-mounted electro-optical and infrared vision sensor).
  • NVG ANVIS-9 (Night vision goggles).
  • CCIP / CCRP / CCIL / DTOS (computerized attack modes).
  • Optional HMD (Helmet-Mounted Display system).
  • Optional Laser Range Finder.
  • Optional MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System).
  • Optional RWR (Radar Warning Receiver).
  • Optional Chaff & flare dispenser system for self-defense.
  • Virtual training system for armaments and sensors.
  • TOSS (Training System and Operational Support).
  • Digital video camera and recorder.
  • Stormscope WX-1000E (Weather Mapping System).
  • INS / GPS (Integrated Navigation System).
  • Automatic pilot.
  • Ejection seat Martin-Baker Mk 10LCX zero / zero.
  • Diving airbrake.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Searchlight.

Cutaway:

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Source:

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Conheça os armamentos do Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0nwZOO1mv0&
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_EMB-314
https://defense.embraer.com/global/en/super-tucano
Portal Embraer

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We need more COIN aircraft, and this is the shining star of the category! +1

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Yes!

Problem is that it will get slotted into WWII BRs…

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Yes. To any & all tech trees that can receive one.
There’s even one in real life US service.

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My suggestion would be give it all it’s missile load-outs, including AIM-9s, Mavericks ect., put it in the helicopter tree and give it a matching br. Similar aircraft like the Pucará could be added as well. Then it’s purely CAS, so you don’t have to worry about ARB.

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+1 for US tech tree and future South American tree (of course)

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But it would always be automatically uptiered against Sea Harriers!

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For the moment it can only be added in the American TT, then we need to see in which country the Brazilian sub-tree will be added.

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Brazil would be better off in a South American tree than a subtree for any country currently in-game

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I would also like a South American TT, unfortunately it is not in line with Gaijin’s thinking.

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Here with SMKB gps guided bomb

A GBU58