Friday, August 24, 2007
The photo shows three "Super Tucano" aircraft. Brazil uses them for counter-insurgency operations.
What am I doing posting about prop planes in a modern air force? One of the blogs on my regular visit rotation is EU Referendum. They posted about the small planes a number of times, most recently in a story concerned with friendly-fire incidents. The smaller planes may allow safer coordination with ground forces. I can't speak to the vulnerability of such planes to surface-to-air weapons. I imagine that heat-seeking missiles would be at a disadvantage in tracking the Tucano (toucan).
It would be interesting, given the advances in fighter-plane maneuverability and speed, if a propeller-driven plane turned into the weapon of choice for air support of troops engaged against insurgents.