Colombia inducts A-29B Super Tucanos
The Colombian Air Force (FAC) will equip its Grupo Aéreo de Casanare (GACAS – Casanare Air Group) with Embraer A-29 Super Tucano COIN aircraft. The only combat capability so far were in the form of armed Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. The unit had originally also flown the OV-10A Bronco close air support aircraft, but the type was withdrawn from FAC service by early 2015. The A-29s will be used for missions in the Arauca, Boyocá and Casanare areas to counter armed gangs and other threats to the country, as the type is being already employed on similar operations elsewhere in Colombia.
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, “ahead of contract schedule”, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy. This follows the contract signature in late 2014 with PT Dirgantara Indonesia for 11 AS565 MBe helicopters. The delivery of the remaining helicopters will run through to 2018.