The Brazilian lightweight turboprop attack aircraft Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano is really of interest to the Ukrainian Air Force, but not as a replacement for combat aircraft in service. This was reported by the press service of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the information on the purchase of Super Tucano to replace combat aircraft such as MiG-29, Su-27, Su-24M, Su-25, Su-24MR "does not correspond to reality." This aircraft is considered as a combat training aircraft.
The Super Tucano aircraft was considered during the working trip of the delegation of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Brazil in 2019 as a combat training aircraft, which, according to its characteristics, can replace the so-called "school desk" for military aviators, the combat training aircraft L-39
- said in a statement.
The combat aircraft in service with the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be replaced by a foreign-made fighter of the 4 ++ generation, candidates for replacement are now being considered.
It was about replacing the Su-27, Su-24M, Su-25, Su-24MR aircraft that are in service with the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a foreign-made 4 ++ generation multi-role fighter, but this is not an Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano. (...) this type of aircraft does not combine such characteristics and such a replacement is impractical and meaningless
- stressed in the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces.
Earlier, the military department of Ukraine has repeatedly stated its interest in the Brazilian attack aircraft.
Recall that Ukraine has adopted a program for the modernization of the country's air force for 2021-2035. For this period aviation should completely get rid of the already obsolete MiG-29, Su-27, Su-24M, Su-25, Su-24MR Soviet-made and adopt a "modern" fighter. Several options are considered as the main candidate, but the Swedish Saab JAS-39E / F Gripen and the American F-16 Block 70/72 are called more preferable for the country's air force. In total, it is planned to purchase from 72 to 108 fighters.