Mali will gain an expanded capability to protect its territory, through a new order for six Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos.

Signed on the opening day of the show, the order will boost the African nation’s ability to conduct “advanced training, border surveillance and internal security missions”, says Embraer. The aircraft will be delivered in an armed configuration.

“The Super Tucano speaks for itself – the reputation of this aircraft is very good worldwide,” Mali’s defence minister Tieman Coulibaly told Flight Daily News. The acquisition will help the nation “to build a strong air arm”, he adds.

Coulibaly signed the agreement with Embraer Defense & Security chief executive Jackson Schneider.

Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database shows Mali as currently operating nine Mikoyan MiG-21 fighters.

Source: Flight Daily News