The sixteen new AT-29 Super Tucano COIN aircraft, destined to be operated by SkU 21 at Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang, Java shall be armed with locally made weapon such as rockets and bombs. The only exception is the Brazilian made MAA-1 Piranha air to air missile.
The Indonesian Super Tucano, adorned with shark mouth scheme will replaced the ageing OV-10F Bronco formerly operated by the squadron. The shark mouth scheme itself is a reminiscent of former AURI (as TNI-AU was formerly known) F-51 Mustang aircraft.
One of the Shark mouth F-51D had made history when it shot down PERMESTA A-26 Invander over Ambon on March 1958. The F-51D was piloted by Kapten Udara Ignatius Dewanto while the A-26 was piloted by CIA-hired Allen Pope, a former First Lieutenant with the USAF.