11 Februari 2016
Super Tucano of the TNI AU (photo : Kaskus Militer)
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Embraer Defence and Security Brasil is set to send four more Super Tucano jets on February 29. The arrival of the new fighter-trainer jets is only within a month after the recent downing plane incident in Malang.
"We will have four more Super Tucano on February 29. AT the mean time, we will find out what went wrong," said Chief of Airforce, Air Marshall Agus Supriatna, on Wednesday.
Indonesia has been importing Super Tucano since 2012. The Airforce now have 12 planes in squadron 21, Malang.
The plane itself is specialized in counter insurgency operation (COIN) and close air support. It can mount a number of weapons, including domestic-production weapon. (Tempo)
Indonesian air forces temporarily suspend Super Tucano planes operation following recent crash
Indonesian air forces have temporarily banned 11 remaining Super Tucano aircraft from flying as investigation on the cause of crash of one of the planes is yet to be completed.
Air Marshall Agus Supriatna, the chief of staff at the air forces, said on Thursday that the ban came into effect starting Thursday until officers reveal the investigation results of the plane accident.
However, Supriatna added that the Indonesian military would not stop the scheduled arrival of four new Super Tucano planes on Feb. 29 to the Abul Rachman Saleh airbase in Malang.
In 2012, Indonesia ordered 16 units of the Brazilian-made light attack planes, but only 12 of them have arrived.
On Wednesday, a Super Tucano aircraft crashed from mid-air into a housing area during a routine training flight, killing four people, including the two men onboard and two civilians on the ground.