Spotted this afternoon at Luqa Airport whilst on transit were 2x EMB-314E Super Tucano destined for the Turkmenistan Air Force, ‘PT-ZHI’ & ‘PT-ZHJ’ to become ’01 BLUE’ and ’02 BLUE’ respectively. Both EMB-314Es were manufactured in 2020 and are the first to be delivered.
Embraer has been in talks with the Turkmen government since 2019 to close a deal including five light attack/trainer aircraft. Both parties, however, denied the fact.
On June 13, 2019, Turkmenistan State TV broadcast images of a Super Tucano flying over a Turkmen Air Force base. The aircraft in question was PT-ZTU which is in fact the Embraer demonstration aircraft.