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After repeated delays including a contract cancellation, the first four out of 20 Embraer/Sierra Nevada Corporation A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft slated for service in the Afghan Air Force (AAF) arrived on January 15 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reports.

The AAF is expecting an additional delivery of four more A-29 Super Tucano by the 2016 fighting season, with an additional four delivered in 2017. The remaining eight will be handed over to the AAF by the end of 2018.

“The A-29 light attack aircraft is a versatile aircraft that brings a number of critical capabilities to the AAF. These include close air support, armed escort, and armed overwatch,” according to NATO’s ‘Resolute Support’ Mission spokesperson, Colonel Michael T. Lawhorn.

The four aircraft will become operational within the next couple of days and will, in all likelihood, be deployed to support combat operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar and the southern province of Helmand, according to Afghanistan’s acting Defense Minister, Masoom Stanikzai.

The United States Air Force (USAF), responsible for the training of Afghan pilots, allocated $427 million for the A-29 Super Tucano planes under the USAF’s Light Air Support program. One hour of flying time usually only costs $1,000, a big cost advantage for the cash-strapped AAF.
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The A29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft specifically designed for counter-insurgency operations and can be equipped with a wide array of bombs (including precision guided munitions) and machine guns. According to Jane’s Defense Weekly:

>The A29 features two internally mounted .50 cal machine guns (one in each wing), and has five hardpoints under the wing and a fuselage that can carry up to 1,500 kg of additional weapons. These can include .50 cal or 20 mm gun pods, rocket pods, short-range air-air missiles of the AIM-9X class, and conventional or smart freefall bombs. The aircraft’s inboard stations, as well as its ventral one, are also ‘wet’-configured for underwing fuel tanks.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the four A-29 delivered on January 15 will be all capable of dropping laser-guided bombs.

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corporation where initially awarded the contract to supply 20 A-29 light attack aircraft in 2011. However, the contract was cancelled in 2012 due to a dissatisfaction of USAF leadership “with the quality of the documentation supporting the award decision.” However, the contract was re-awarded to Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2013.

“In hindsight, I wish we would’ve started that years ago,” the commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell said in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in March 2015, yet “we are where we are. (…) Quite frankly, we can’t get it out there quick enough for them.”

The first eight Afghan A-29 Tucano pilots graduated in December 2015 from flight school in the United States. Up to 30 Afghan pilots will be trained by the USAF over the next three years. The training program has been suffering from occasional desertion of AAF personnel. Most recently, two AAF members from a maintenance crew undergoing training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia went missing in December 2015.
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>Most recently, two AAF members from a maintenance crew undergoing training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia went missing in December 2015.

2 more refugees
wonderful
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>>28664405
probably another florida flight school thing
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>>28664336
meme plane
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>>28664336
I always wondered why countries don't use older planes, but I guess they do. Pretty interesting and cool plane.
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>>28664696
Part of the reason they don't is parts procurement. Wherever they get their planes they're also going to need spare parts. Not easy if the plane is long out of production
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AAF, like from arma3?
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How are props a good idea for the war in Afghanistan

AA is a dime a dozen over there and I doubt there's a toyota ute over there without some sort of AA on the back. Those planes will make nice slow targets

Not only that how are they going to escape in time when they get locked on and they've already dumped all their flares or something?

This shit should only work in Africa
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>>28664778

>Not only that how are they going to escape in time when they get locked on and they've already dumped all their flares or something?

Leave before they run out of flares?

Also, while heavy machine guns are dangerous for light aircraft, bombs still fall down while landing hits on aircraft flying at high altitude is harder.
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>>28664778
im guessing the main issue is maintenance and operating costs.
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>The Super Tucano is as meme tier as the VP9.
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We should have sold them Scorpions and funneled the money within our own economy instead of let the Brazilians rape us.
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>>28664336

>No Link
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>>28665213

The Scorpion is an even bigger meme plane than the Tucano. At least the Tucano actually has real-world users and it has killed people in combat. The Scorpion is just a meme.
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Should have bought Yak-130
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>>28665213
The Super Tucano is manufactured in Florida and uses American engines anyway. Nothing in it is Brazilian, it's just the cheapest option, i heard even a monkey can pilot one.
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>>28664778
These are for the Afghan airforce.

>something they can afford
>something with less danger to allied forces if kebab decides to kebab
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>>28666431
>I cant copypaste text into google
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>>28664753
Then they should just buy the old factory equipment.
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>>28664336
I wonder if you could replace the machine guns with 40mm AGLs loaded with what is essentially Grapeshot.
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>>28664753
>Part of the reason they don't is parts procurement. Wherever they get their planes they're also going to need spare parts. Not easy if the plane is long out of production

Oh yes it is. I can make a phone call and have any c-47, b-25, HU-16, t-6, t-28, L-5 part delivered within a week.
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>>28664696
>>28664753
>turboprop plane
>obviously WWII relic

First flight in '99 you guys. Modern, purpose built aircraft.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_EMB_314_Super_Tucano
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>>28667913
That's what the rocket pods are for.
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>>28664778
>Deeeeerp
If a helicopter can hold it's own, a propeller plane can too. You know we used Skyraiders and the like in Vietnam, right? And that we use Predators in all of these modern theaters? Dunno if you realize, but both have propellers.
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>>28668977
To be fair, Predators and Reapers are typically out of range of small arms
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>>28664778
Cost, fuel efficiency/endurance.

>insurgents shooting anything down above arms reach
Not fucking likely. Could still happen if you fly low past a technical, which has a capable/lucky gunner.
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>>28669014
>small arms.
A super tucano literally has nothing to fear from small arms fire.

It's totally protected against small arms and way too fast and high to hit. The only thing that could touch it would be some kind of technical, or AAA of any description.

I think you meant out of range of eyeballs/bullets period.
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I get boners for Broncos
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>>28669079
>A super tucano literally has nothing to fear from small arms fire.

Sure thing.
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>>28669236
There is no record of any Emb 312, or 314s being shot down by any rebel group, cartel, or insurgents.

Just crashes and a lot of bullshit.

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/did-the-farc-shoot-down-colombian-war-plane

show me the proofs
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So why was the super tuccano deal canceled for the US?

Have to imagine that there is a role for a super cheap operate anywhere prop plane.
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>>28671484
If I had to guess, I'd say they probably snapped out of it and realized that commonality with the Beechcraft/Pilatus Texan II trainers makes more sense than bringing an entirely different airframe into service.
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>>28671283
Dude, it's Brazilian, i bet even .22 could bring it down.
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>>28671484
Super cheap drones are far more effective. It was never really on the table anyway.
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i dont know why we cant just bring back some ww2 propeller planes to deal with insurgencies. upgrade the gun capacities and get to work.

inb4 shot down by pkm.
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>>28673915
Shot down by PKM.
Also why use a radial when you can use a turboprop and get better performance?
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>>28673527
So no proofs?
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>>28673915
Not that many of them left. Lots were either scrapped, used up, or converted to target drones after the war.
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>>28665012
>Leave before they run out of flares?
Yeah because that's always possible

>>28668977
>we
lol

>comparing a pred's operational alt to a CAS prop pushed aircraft
Dunno if you realize the altitudes at which these aircraft are designed to work their targets from
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I've always been fond of the Super Tucano. It's such an elegantly simple idea that seems like it could have a lot of success when deployed into the proper environment, I.e. Low intensity COIN operations where AA capabilities are very light. In that situation something like an F-15 or even an A-10 is ludicrous overkill in terms of cost/benefit.
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>>28664336
They look neat but I've yet to see any carry anything other than ball .50 and 25lb practice bombs. I'd like to see how much altitude they gain when they drop an 82.
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>>28669085
came here for this.
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>>28669085
I think upgraded Broncos would be great for modern CAS to compete with planes like the Tucano, plus it's a lot more versatile, with cargo and troop carrying capabilities, STOL and the redundancy of two engines.

>>28673915
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalier_Mustang
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>>28676286
>I think upgraded Broncos would be great for modern CAS to compete with planes like the Tucano
I think you mean COIN. CAS isn't limited to low and slow, for one. Any conflict that needs real CAS also means having to dodge AAA and SAMs, and carry a lot more payload to those who need it way faster than props can provide.
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>>28664336
The four aircraft will become operational within the next couple of days and will, in all likelihood, be crashed immediately by the boy-fucking AAF pilot upon initial takeoff."
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>.50 cals

Why?
They took a weapon that was outdated in WW2, and downgraded it to a mere TWO guns?
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>>28676311
Good point, I was going off of OP's theme, but COIN is the right term.
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>>28674073
Because radials are fucking cooler
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>>28664770
no, A3 AAF is Altis Armed Forces.
US + Altis led coalition
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>>28676449
I guess you could say they are a bit... rad.
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>>28673527
Heh heh
Har har
Hey dumbfuck!
I'm lined with Kevlar!
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Bring back the best buddies of cute COIN.
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>>28674073
Piston engines (diesels in particular) have lower BSFC than turboprops. That's why the MQ-1C can loiter so much longer than the Reaper, despite carrying less fuel.
>>28675554
Both would most likely operate from 10-20,000 ft AGL in a modern setting. A manned light attacker would also be more suited for deploying cheaper unguided munitions from lower altitudes, environment permitting.
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>>28676376
Please explain what difficultys the .50 had with killing zeros and bf109s.
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>>28673527
>Dude, it's Brazilian, i bet even .22 could bring it down.
dude.
In Brazil criminals have 12,7mm guns.
you bet your white cracka ass it can take lots of fire, and wont come down for small arms fire unless the pilot is a raging suicidal idiot
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Hey guys, would this work?

A propeller assisted ramjet fighter?
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>>28678277
No
Ramjet requires speeds where that plane would be in tatters. Needs to be about 20x more aerodynamic. Even then the prop will produce so much drag it would probably just break off. Besides, why the fuck would you want a ramjet fighter for CAS? The idea is low and slow to be able to pick targets. Ramjet is the exact opposite.

Both Russia and the US after WW2 had experimental prop + jet aircraft. Both countries deemed them useless, having favorable characteristics of neither.
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>>28664405

Two mudslimes with flight and aerial gunnery training go missing, doesnt make news.

Just great.
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>>28678307

Look at the pic dude. It's not a big scramjet.

Also WW2 era planes were built very strongly. Ever seen those pictures of a WW2 plane that had flak and AA shred it to pieces?
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>>28678336
It doesn't matter the size of the ramjet, what matters is the speed required for the thing. The speed required for ramjets to operate . They are wildly inefficient (next to no thrust) until 1000 km/h, or 620 mph. The P-51's design could not reach 1000km/h, and I mean structurally the thing broke apart before that speed. So the engine begins to produce thrust at that speed, where the plane actually structurally falls apart.

I have, and all of those were bombers. Not fighters.

Shitty design, 1/10 would not fly.
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>>28676376
>>.50 cals
>Why?
>They took a weapon that was outdated in WW2, and downgraded it to a mere TWO guns?

Lookit this guy, he thinks the .50 cal is outdated.

There's a reason why Ma Deuce is still in service EVERYWHERE. Some designs are just that good.
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>>28678397

Ok let's say the mustang goes top speed, and switches on a single turbine.

The turbine would be the obviously mspaint lines on this pic.

Would that turbine be enough to make it worthwhile?
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>>28678277
>Hey guys, would this work?
>A propeller assisted ramjet fighter?

No.

Besides, they already had a better idea, the Napier Nomad. And even the Nomad could not even begin to compete with a turboprop.

Jet engines rule the skies because they're just that good.
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>>28678444
No, because top speed for the P-51 was ~700km/h, and that's for the late models. The speed REQUIRED for a ramjet is 1000km/h. Like I said, at that speed the P51 is literally falling apart. As in wings ripping off.
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>>28664336

1 give one month before they crash one, and another month before one get shot down.

> I-In WW2...

Wew lad
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>>28678477
Post war Turbo-Compounds put up some damn impressive SFC numbers, but still came with piston engine limitations like limited power to weight ratio and low reliability compared to turboprops.

It's just a shame that the US never massed produced 10,000+ HP turboprops like the Soviets did. Northrop in particular was leading this charge until the US government screwed them over and disseminated their designs and patents to their competitors at GE and P&W.

Also I think I probably speak for everyone
when I say that I'd love to see the performance improvements of WW2 fighters having their pistons replaced with turbines. Reno racer like speeds, without all the crazy modifications negating their use as combat aircraft.

Only real disadvantage would be the SFC, so more internal fuel would need to be carried (depending on mission), but the extra HP would handle that just fine and not require drag inducing external tanks.
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Also, fuck the Bronco, the Convair Charger is a better aircraft for the COIN mission. It actually stuck and met the LARA requirements.
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>>28676376

The Tucano is purely for going after soft targets. 0.50 cal is enough for that.
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>>28676551
Brazilian kevlar that can't even stop bananas.
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>>28678336
>Two mudslimes with flight and aerial gunnery training go missing, doesnt make news
Maintenance crew, not pilots
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>Post war Turbo-Compounds put up some damn impressive SFC numbers, but still came with piston engine limitations like limited power to weight ratio and low reliability compared to turboprops.

Greatest piston engine power plant ever built, pic related.
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>the Napier Nomad

Better picture
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