The A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have finally begun arriving in Afghanistan and were expected to start flying ground attack missions for the struggling Afghan Air Force (AAF) in April, U.S. military spokesmen said Tuesday.
Four of the turboprop planes made by the Brazilian firm Embraer and its U.S. partner, the Sierra Nevada Corp., landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul last Friday.
The four were the first of 20 Super Tucanos to be delivered under a $427 million contract to provide the AAF with its first fixed-wing ground attack capability. Four more were expected to arrive in the spring, four more in 2017 and the remaining eight by the end of 2018.
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