UAE to donate Super Tucanos to Iraq

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UAE to donate Super Tucanos to Iraq



The UAE is to receive its first six Super Tucanos direct from the Brazilian Air Force, with the remaining 18 to follow after. An undisclosed number will be transferred to the Iraqi Air Force to combat the Islamic State. Source: Embraer
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to supply Iraq with a number of Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light strike aircraft to help combat the Islamic State, a government official has reportedly disclosed.

With IHS Jane's having first reported that the UAE had recently ordered up to 24 Super Tucanos, the official told Defense News on 17 January that the emirates will transfer an undisclosed number to the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) "before the end of the month".

On 5 January, the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) commander General Juniti Saito said that six of these 24 aircraft were to be supplied from the FAB's own inventory so as to expedite deliveries. While these aircraft were to be handed over to the UAE "immediately", there has been no official word as to whether they have indeed arrived.

As well as the Super Tucanos, the UAE is also reported to be donating up to 10 Dassault Mirage 2000-9 combat aircraft, plus other ground-based weapons systems to the Iraqi government.

Embraer had not responded to a request for comment by the time IHS Jane's went to press, while the UAE government would not provide comment.

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