EMB-314 Super Tucano

Brazil’s turboprop success story continues

João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez

The Embraer Super Tucano is capable of counter-insurgency missions, escort, air defense and conversion training for pilots of the latest fighters. It brings together advanced avionics including a head-up display, ‘hands on throttle and stick' controls, datalink and thermal and night vision sensors. As well as a fourth-generation cockpit the pilot c
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
Illustration :
full color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780997309249
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11.02 X 8.27 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The Embraer Super Tucano is tough enough to support operations from unprepared runways and in temperatures of 36°C and 100% humidity. Flying independently of ground support, it can take off from short and narrow runways to provide support to ground forces. The aircraft integrates a fourth-generation cockpit with some of the most modern technology including datalink, ‘hands on throttle and stick’ (HOTAS) controls, a head-up display, and night and thermal vision sensors. The crew can deliver up to 1,500kg of conventional and guided weaponry and are provided with ballistic protection.

Most other aircraft in its class were developed as advanced trainers before being converted for combat missions. The origins of the single-turboprop EMB-314 Super Tucano are as a robust attack aircraft capable of performing highly varied types of missions, sustaining weeks of continuous operation with high availability. It is almost completely redesigned compared to its predecessor, the EMB-312 Tucano.

The two 0.5-in (12.7-mm) machine guns installed in the wings are complemented by a variety of 130 types of armament carried on five external points under the wings and fuselage.

With more than 250 examples produced, the Super Tucano performs missions including armed reconnaissance, escort, counterinsurgency and even air defense. It is used by Brazil and 11 other countries and is manufactured under licence in the United States. Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Mauritania have all made operational use of the Super Tucano. The US may become the next operator of the turboprop, with a requirement for as many as 300 new light close air support aircraft.

About The Author

João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez is a journalist with post-graduation in public relations, specialized in aviation. He is co-author of the book Os Projetos Aeronáuticos de Alberto-Santos-Dumont (Aeronautical Projects of Alberto Santos-Dumont) and author of the book Aviação do Exército, 25 anos (25 years of the Brazilian Army Aviation).


“…buy this brilliant book – and Harpia's landmark volume on the EMB-312. Together, they comprise the finest available English-language study of "Brazil's turboprop success story". Roundly recommended

- Cybermodeler

"The bottom line is that for anyone interested in this remarkable aircraft produced by a latecomer to the aeronautical engineering world stage, these two books are the only reference sources you need on your bookshelf."

- Air Power History

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