UAE-based Halcon will work with Embraer to explore opportunities to integrate its weapon systems onto the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
Halcon, a leader in the production and supply of precision-guided weapons, is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Halcon develops drop-launched, unpropelled, precision-guidance kit systems that incorporate aerodynamic tail controls to guide down-range, cross-range, and back-range. These air-to-surface kits provide guided delivery for NATO STD warheads of Mk81 and Mk82, as well as purpose designed warheads for the Desert Sting series from 5kg to 25kg.
The A-29 Super Tucano, a counterinsurgency aircraft, has accumulated approximately 430,000 flight hours and is nearing 60,000 combat hours. Over 260 aircraft of the type have so far been ordered. The combat aircraft was the first light attack plane to receive US military certification, back in September 2014.
“This initiative marks another milestone for EDGE as we look to partner with leading companies globally and expand the reach and use of our products and services internationally,” said His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, EDGE CEO and Managing Director. “Embraer’s intention to work closely alongside Halcon in the development of weapon systems for the A-29 Super Tucano reflects the confidence placed in the UAE company’s ability to deliver on what has been agreed upon, and underlines Halcon’s position as a weapons manufacturer and supplier of choice internationally.”
“The A-29 Super Tucano is known worldwide by its capabilities in light-attack, training and ISR, and Embraer is glad to collaborate with the UAE-based EDGE Group in order to offer current and future A-29 operators even more operational precision and flexibility by means of the addition of HALCON weapon systems to the aircraft’s weapons portfolio,” said Embraer Defense & Security, President and CEO, Jackson Schneider.
“Halcon is an embodiment of EDGE’s and the UAE’s ambition to export knowledge and experience internationally, while forging strong partnerships and working with pace and agility,” said Saeed Al Mansoori, Halcon CEO. “This initiative aims to cooperate with Embraer in a disruptive development case that we believe will drive significant benefits to both companies, and set a blueprint to further bilateral interactions for other EDGE entities.”
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