Ukraine's Air Force Command is considering modernizing its fleet of combat training aircraft, to replace the currently-used but ageing L-39 Albatros.
The replacement is Brazil's EMB314 Super Tucano turboprop trainer aircraft, Defence Blog reports.
"The Super Tucano aircraft was considered during a visit of the delegation of the Ukrainian Air Force to Brazil in 2019, as a combat training aircraft, which, according to its characteristics, can replace the so-called 'school desk' for military pilots, the combat training aircraft L-39," the press service reported.
Read alsoUkraine's MFA: Iran will have to pay compensation for downed passenger jetThe Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, the first trainer to be equipped with a turbo propeller. The type was a successful export product worldwide.
The Air Force has added that Super Tucanos will not be considered as a replacement for Su-27, Su-25M, Su-25, and Su-24MR warplanes, which the Command are also planning to shift from toward a foreign-made 4++ generation fighter jet.
The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named ALX or A-29B, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano, Wikipedia reports.
The A-29 Super Tucano carries a wide variety of weapons, including precision-guided munitions, and was designed to be a low-cost system operated in low-threat environments