Taiana presented a Beechcraft TC-12B Huron aircraft and the first Tucano financed with FONDEF
The third Beechcraft TC-12B “Hurón” tactical transport aircraft of the twelve that Argentina bought from the United States was presented this Friday at the Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires, along with the first of the twelve Embraer EMB-312 “Tucano” training and attack aircraft. ” that was subjected to a modernization of its navigation and communications systems carried out by a technological SME of the Buenos Aires party of Tandil.
Redimec, a company founded in 1994 by the engineer Fabián Oyharibide to provide technological solutions to the armed forces, was in charge of the modernization and integration of new equipment in the “Tucano” that despite its good performance in more than four decades of service still retain their original analog settings.
“The public defense companies are the ones that should be in charge of long-term development projects that demand higher levels of investment, and from there guide the development of this sector of the industry that today with this modernization demonstrates its contribution to the economy of knowledge and the development of technology in our country”Jorge Taiana
The “Hurón” registered TC-119 and the “Tucano” registered A-122 landed after 11 o’clock and, after being received by the traditional arch of water that “baptizes” the inaugural flights, they were parked on the platform of the military air station of airport.
There, the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana led the ceremony together with the head of the Air ForceBrigadier General Xavier Julián Isaac, the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Juan Martín Paleo, and the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Admiral Julio Guardia, among other civil and military authorities.
“This ‘Tucano’ that we are presenting today is fruit of the network work of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense, the defense industries of the national state and private companies in the sector; It is not just about these two planes, but also Redimec’s work in modernizing the ‘Tucano’, Redimec’s work in very important projects at the Tandanor shipyard and the participation of other technological SMEs such as Redimec in different Defense programsTaiana said.
And he added: “The public defense companies are the ones that should be in charge of long-term development projects that demand higher levels of investment, and from there guide the development of this sector of the industry that today with this modernization demonstrates its contribution to the knowledge economy and the development of technology in our country”.
“This presentation comes in a very positive week, in which Invap also placed obligations, which, with the support of the Institute for Financial Aid for Payment of Retirement and Military Pensions (IAF), obtained more than 500 million pesos for the development of technological projects is a clear example of how the different areas of Defense can contribute to optimizing the management of resources in a very difficult time”, the minister concluded.
For his part, the head of Redimec, Fabian Oyarbidesaid that “for the 55 families that work in the company, it is a pride to participate in this ceremony in a project for which we had to work and make an effort to overcome the difficulties that the pandemic posed us and also those of the economy for the acquisition of components of imported origin”.
“What we see today is not just a modernized aircraft, it is new capabilities for our Air Force, it is import substitution, and it is Argentine engineering integrating imported components”he added.
“This modernization process is a product that can be exported and that may be of interest to many similar aircraft operators in the region that need to migrate from analog to digital systems; it is a service that we are showing that we are able to offer and that it can be a very attractive offer that is possible when the state and national companies work together”, he completed.
In turn, the head of the Air Force, Brigadier General Xavier Julian Isaac, stated: “This is a holiday for the Air Force because we are incorporating two very important aircraft: the ‘Hurón’ comes to replenish a capacity that we did not have for a long time in tactical transport and that when we had to move a ton of cargo we it forced the use of a four-engine plane like the Hercules that should be assigned to other tasks; You don’t just have to see the plane on the runway but everything that comes after it, with these TC-12B we strengthen our transport school and our capabilities for tactical mobility”.
“Me I flew these same ‘Tucano’s in the mid-1980s, And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that smart countries don’t throw their planes in the trash, they modernize them; Thanks to the National Defense Fund (Fondef) we managed to modernize these planes that today play a key role in the surveillance of our borders”, he added.
Through international public bidding, the Air Force contracted Redimec for the cabin modernization of 4 EMB-312 Tucano units, within the framework of a program that expects to submit a dozen aircraft to the same process.
The engineering plan includes the 3D design of the new cabins, the provision of the equipment to be installed, the manufacturing of the new instrument panels and structural parts, the development of the new cable harnesses with laser marking, the lighting conversion for NVG flight and the adaptation of some legacy equipment to re-incorporate them into the aircraft with their renewed systems.
The Tandil-based company is also involved in the development of the cabin and avionics for the future IA100 “Malvina” elementary trainer for the Argentine Aircraft Factory (Fadea), the command bridge for the LICA launches built by the Río Santiago Shipyard, and the catamaran SWATH that Tandanor designs among other technological solutions that it provides to the Defense industry in Argentina.
The capacity to transport people and materials of the Argentine Air Force, in great demand during the pandemic, is multiplied and made more flexible with the incorporation of a dozen TC-12B Hurón, tactical transport aircraft, which will also double the capacity of the Course of Standardization of Procedures for Transport Aviators (Cepat).
The one that landed this Friday at the airport is the third of the twelve “Ferrets” acquired from the United States and of which two will be assigned to the Argentine Navy, and will be based in the II Air Brigade based in the city of Paraná, Entre Ríos, where they will carry out training tasks in multi-engine flight and liaison.
The “Ferret” is the military version of the Beechcraft Super King Air twin-turboprop family, and can carry two pilots and up to eight passengers at a speed of 536 kilometers per hour with more than 3,000 kilometers of range.