Super Tucano deliveries to Afghanistan delayed until early 2016
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to receive its Embraer-Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft slightly later than anticipated, with the first units now set to arrive in-country in early 2016 rather than later this year as had been previously announced.
The delay was not explained by the US Air Force's (USAF's) 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, which disclosed the new schedule, the unit only saying that training of AAF personnel was continuing out of Moody Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia.
The AAF is slated to receive 20 Super Tucanos (with an option for a further 20) to replace the Mil Mi-35 'Hind' as the service's primary close-air-support platform. janes