Military Capabilities

Burkina Faso’s first Super Tucano airstrikes confirmed

24 September 2018

The Burkinabe Air Force (FABF) has conducted its first airstrikes using its Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, Jane’s has confirmed.

Burkina Faso’s Armed Forces General Staff (EMGA) announced that airstrikes were carried out against militant bases near Pama and Gayeri in the east of the country on 15 September. They were part of a series of anti-terrorist operations that also involved sweeps by ground forces in these two areas.

This is the first time that the EMGA has officially acknowledged the use of offensive air power in military operations. Burkinabe military sources told Jane’s that the aircraft used in the attacks were Super Tucanos, three of which were delivered to the FABF in 2011.

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