Philippine Super Tucano Dumps Rockets On Maoist Insurgents

This footage shows a Philippine Air Force A-29 "Super Tucano" delivering payload on a position in Pilar, Abra. The area is held by the New People's Army, a Maoist/Communist insurgency.


The Super Tucano is relatively new to the Philippines, having been selected to phase out the venerable OV-10 Bronco as the Air Force's fixed-wing CAS option. First introduced in the Philippines in 2020, it will completely replace the OV-10 by end of 2024. The Tucano fills the close air support role for many countries, including several Latin and African users. The United States' AFSOC also makes use of the A-29.


While it may seem strange for an attack aircraft to leave its running lights on, the New People's Army is effectively totally absent any AA capability, and the Philippine Air Force carries out their counter-insurgency missions around civilian aircraft and populations. Therefore, it's safer for the civilians and not a problem, operationally speaking, for the lights to be left on.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage shows a Philippine Air Force A-29 "Super Tucano" delivering payload on a position in Pilar, Abra. The area is held by the New People's Army, a Maoist/Communist insurgency.


The Super Tucano is relatively new to the Philippines, having been selected to phase out the venerable OV-10 Bronco as the Air Force's fixed-wing CAS option. First introduced in the Philippines in 2020, it will completely replace the OV-10 by end of 2024. The Tucano fills the close air support role for many countries, including several Latin and African users. The United States' AFSOC also makes use of the A-29.


While it may seem strange for an attack aircraft to leave its running lights on, the New People's Army is effectively totally absent any AA capability, and the Philippine Air Force carries out their counter-insurgency missions around civilian aircraft and populations. Therefore, it's safer for the civilians and not a problem, operationally speaking, for the lights to be left on.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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