$4.5 million 314 B1 Super Tucano Fighter Plane for counter insurgency

June 2nd, 2008 - 11:20 pm ICT by David M N James  

314 B1 Super Tucano Fighter PlaneA new aerial war craft the 314 B1 Super Tucano Fighter Plane made by the Brazilian aviation company Embraer is now on sale. American company Black-water which is the most prominent private security company in the world bought one of them last week from the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. The 314 B1 Super Tucano is a propeller-driven fighter plane with a market value of $4.5 million. Based on a true story, Black Water has been involved in deaths in Iraqi since it was contracted as a private military in Iraqi by the US government.

The 314 B1 is black and grey. It is propeller driven and is very similar to that of the World-War 2 fighter plane. According to Embraer, EMB 314 Super Tucano which is also named ALX or A-29 is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency (COIN) and pilot training missions. It uses highly modern avionics and weapons systems.The super Tucano is in use by the Brazilian army, Dominican Republic, Colombia and now Blackwater Worldwide.

The 314 b1 has 2x 12.7 mm FN Herstal M3P machine guns, 1x 20 mm cannon pod below the fuselage, 4x 70 mm rocket launcher pods, Conventional and intelligent bombs, 2x AIM-9 Sidewinder or MAA-1 Piranha or Python 3/4 air-to-air missiles and External stores on 5 hard-points. The maximum speed is 593 km/h (320 knots, 368 mph). These armaments make it a prolific aerial assault weapon which will certainly do well in Iraqi and Afghanistan to curb counter insurgency.

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