The light attack A-29 Super Tucano boosts foreign military sales given its lethal capabilities and affordable flight costs.
Twelve A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are being flown by the Nigerian Air Force in an effort to put an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. Ed Topps, senior vice president of the Strategic Aircraft Systems group for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s ISR, Aviation & Security (IAS) business area, answers questions about the A-29 Super Tucano’s foreign military sales, the company’s modifications to the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s A-29, and the enhanced A-29C for special operations. Topps worked for 27 years in the United States before joining SNC. Air Force Materiel Command’s 645th Aeronautical Systems Group’s Big Safari program was under the command of the Air Force.