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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

US Approves Embraer Super Tucanos Sale to Lebanon

A-29 Super TucanoThe US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Tuesday approved the sale of six Embraer A-29 Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft to the Lebanese military for an estimated $462 million.

The Super Tucanos are designed for light attack and aerial surveillance aimed at mountain terrains. The acquisition seems appropriate as the current threat is from insurgents rather than conventional armies.

These turbo-prop aircraft can fly low and launch attacks at locations difficult to access by fighter jets. They are also cheaper and easier to maintain than fighter aircraft.

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