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Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon, Embraer to collaborate on weapons expansion for Super Tucano

Halcon and Embraer will collaborate on integrating the Desert Sting and Thunder munitions onto the A-29 Super Tucano, seen here in Afghan Air Force colours in 2016. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Larry E Reid Jr)

Emirati defence conglomerate Edge announced on 15 November that its munitions subsidiary Halcon was collaborating with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to integrate its weapons systems on to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.

Edge CEO and Managing Director Faisal Al Bannai said in a release, “Embraer's intention to work closely alongside Halcon in the development of weapon systems for the A-29 Super Tucano reflects the confidence placed in the UAE company's ability to deliver on what has been agreed upon, and underlines Halcon's position as a weapons manufacturer and supplier of choice internationally.”

Embraer Defense & Security President and CEO Jackson Schneider added that the company “is glad to collaborate with the UAE-based Edge Group in order to offer current and future A-29 operators even more operational precision and flexibility by means of the addition of Halcon weapon systems to the aircraft's weapons portfolio”.

Halcon highlighted in its release the Thunder range of strap-on guided munitions kits that can be added to Mk81 and Mk82 standard bombs, as well as the Desert Sting munitions system. The latter comes in a range of weights, with warheads ranging from 5 kg to 25 kg.

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