Angola's air force has received its first three turboprop-powered Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos, becoming the third African operator and 10th worldwide of the light attack and armed reconnaissance aircraft.
The delivery fulfils half of Angola's total purchase of six A-29s, and follows deliveries on the continent made to Burkina Faso and Mauritania, Embraer says.
Angola already operates five EMB-312 Tucanos, an unarmed trainer developed by Embraer in the 1980s. The Super Tucanos will supplement a fleet of ground attack aircraft in Angola that includes Sukhoi Su-22s and Su-25s.
In 2011, Brazil's Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade approved a loan of about $300 million to Angola, which was intended to be used to purchase the six A-29s.