Embraer Defense Systems

  Super Tucano

The Claws of a New Light Attack Aircraft

  Keeping in mind that the Super Tucano's role will not be limited to training alone, Embraer has equipped the A-29 (the Super Tucano version for the Brazilian Air Force, with 99 orders) with systems designed not only to comply with basic requirements, but also to keep pace with the continual changes taking place in the aircraft's potential operating theaters.


At the heart of the A-29's mission system are its two latest-generation MDPs (Mission & Display Processors), which receive and process data from sensors, navigation and attack variables and manage a multitude of other tasks such as HOTAS (Hands-On Throttle and Stick) operations, in addition to symbology generation and presentation for HUD and CMFDs.

Systems and equipment have been fully integrated on the aircraft:

Crew survivability is ensured through armor protection and state-of-the-art provisions such as MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System) and RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) in addition to chaff and flare dispensers. The communication and navigation system is similar to that of training applications, but features such as PR (Positioning Reporting) and ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) allow automatic transmission of aircraft position and flight data to ground bases. The aircraft is also equipped with an EGIR (Embedded GPS/INS & Radar Altimeter).
A two-axes military automatic pilot helps reduce pilot workload on long-endurance missions.
Tactical communications take place through a digital anti-interception and jamming V/UHF radio, which through a data-link modem is capable of transmitting frozen FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) images or positioning fixes to other aircraft. In the silent receiver mode, the system can pick up data from ground stations or AEW&C aircraft without revealing its position.
HUD (Head Up Display) with UFCP (Up Front Control Panel) and
FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) supplies digitized thermal imaging in two crew-selectable display modes, fully compatible with third-generation NVGs or better.

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