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First Lebanese Super Tucanos arrive

10 October 2017

The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced the delivery of its first two Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft on 9 October, saying the aircraft had landed at Hamat Air Base north of Beirut. Another four are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2018.

The first two Lebanese Super Tucanos arrived at Hamat Air Base on 9 October. (Lebanese Armed Forces)The first two Lebanese Super Tucanos arrived at Hamat Air Base on 9 October. (Lebanese Armed Forces)

It was announced in June 2015 that the US State Department had approved the sale of the six Super Tucanos to Lebanon for an estimated cost USD462 million. The proposed package included two spare engines, MX-15 electro-optical sensor systems, 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for 70 mm rockets, eight AN/AAR-60(V)2 missile launch detection systems, and eight ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing systems to protect against ground-based air-defence systems, navigations systems, and support equipment and services.

It was stated that the Lebanese Super Tucanos would also be able to launch AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, as well as GBU-12 and GBU-58 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, although these weapons were not included in the proposed package.

The Sierra Nevada Corporation, the US company responsible for delivering Super Tucanos for US Foreign Military Sales, announced in November 2015 that Lebanon had confirmed the acquisition of the six aircraft, as well as “a complete training system” for its pilots and mechanics. It said the aircraft were part of a larger, more comprehensive package that included infrastructure improvements that would be delivered by other parties.

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