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  • Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

    10/22/2014 2:15:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 22, 2014
    Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014. Today, 21 October, Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The event was attended by the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Lieutenant-Brigadier General Juniti Saito, and delegations and representatives from more than 30 countries. This milestone rollout will allow the Company...
  • Can Embraer's Modest Super Tucano Hack It in Afghanistan?

    09/29/2014 6:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    AVweb ^ | SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 | Paul Bertorelli
    Last week, when I was being shown around Embraer's new U.S.-assembled A-29 Super Tucano with a group of journalists, the first thing that caught my eye was a big covered something sticking out of each wing. In an age of remote control drones and smart bombs, that couldn't possibly be a machine gun, could it? It sure enough was said our Embraer guide. The A29, in a throwback to the days of mano a mano air combat, has a single .50 caliber gun in each wing, although not the same Browning model used in just about every U.S.-made aircraft that...
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • A tale of two aerospace companies-IAI, Embraer

    10/08/2013 2:56:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Oct. 1, 2013 | Moshe Arens
    A tale of two aerospace companies One of Israel's earliest startups, Israel Aerospace Industries, failed to fulfill its potential or rival its peers. Long before Israel became world-renowned as the “Startup Nation,” the country was already home to a highly successful startup: Israel Aircraft Industries (now called Israel Aerospace Industries), which shot up like a meteor in a few years, from a small aircraft overhaul and maintenance shop to a major player in the aerospace industry. Initially encouraged by David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres, staffed by talented Israeli aeronautical engineers, and led by an ambitious and active management, IAI accomplished...
  • Embraer Officially Opens A-29 Assembly Facility in Florida

    03/29/2013 9:38:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AIN Online ^ | MARCH 29, 2013 | BILL CAREY
    Embraer Officially Opens A-29 Assembly Facility in Florida Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other political leaders joined Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado on March 26 to cut the ribbon on a 40,000-sq-ft hangar at Jacksonville International Airport that Embraer will use to assemble the A-29 Super Tucano for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) program. The Air Force awarded Embraer and its teammate Sierra Nevada, the U.S. proponent for the LAS bid, a $427 million contract on February 27 to supply 20 Super Tucanos for light air support, reconnaissance support and training of the Afghan military. The...
  • Embraer bests Beechcraft for Afghan plane order

    02/27/2013 6:15:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jim Wolf
    Embraer bests Beechcraft for Afghan plane order (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer bested U.S.-based Beechcraft in a high-stakes U.S. Air Force recompetition for 20 light air support planes to be provided to the Afghan military for training and counterinsurgency. Embraer and its U.S.-based partner, Sierra Nevada, were awarded a $427.5 million deal, the Pentagon announced after the close of business on Wednesday. The pair had won an initial $355 million contract in December 2011, but it was scrapped after a legal challenge from the losing bidder, then known as Hawker Beechcraft. Brazilian leaders had voiced displeasure with the sudden cancellation, saying...
  • Video: Super Tucano at AirVenture

    08/08/2012 4:47:02 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 3 replies ^ | 28 July 2012 | Russ Niles
    Embraer launched a public relations offensive at AirVenture Oshkosh, WI. Super Tucano at AirVenture
  • Boeing to arm Embraer's Super Tucano fighter

    07/11/2012 9:13:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 10, 2012 | Brad Haynes
    Boeing to arm Embraer's Super Tucano fighter (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer is announcing plans on Tuesday for Boeing Co to supply a new weapons system for its light attack fighter, strengthening its offer in a fiercely contested bid for a U.S. Air Force contract in Afghanistan. The new weapons system will offer longer-range "smart" bombs guided by laser and GPS, Embraer said. The company will provide details of the new system, first reported in the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, at the Farnborough Airshow later in the day. With the Boeing weapons system on its Super Tucano fighter, Embraer aims...
  • A Whole New Twist on “Buy America”

    07/10/2012 7:54:03 AM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 8 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | Laird | Robbin
    A Whole New Twist on “Buy America” by Robbin Laird This weekend in a fine piece in The New York Times, C.J. Chivers focused on the airpower dimension in Afghan operations. The title was tellingly: “Afghan Conflict Losing Air Power as U.S. pulls out.” In its way, this strike was a model of what air power can do. It was timely, precise and effective, and it neatly integrated communications, logistics, tactics and firepower, freeing American troops from danger in a remote canyon halfway around the world. It was also so complex — with the assistance of an aerial tanker...
  • Embraer sells Super Tucanos to three African countries

    03/29/2012 5:02:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defence Web, South Africa ^ | 29 March 2012 | Guy Martin
    Embraer sells Super Tucanos to three African countries Embraer has sold its Super Tucano light attack/trainer aircraft to Burkina Faso, Angola and Mauritania in deals worth a combined US$180 million, the Brazilian manufacturer announced yesterday. The Burkina Faso Air Force has already received three Super Tucanos, which were spotted at Guararapes International Airport in Recife, Brazil, on September 7 last year during their delivery flight. They are currently being used for border patrol missions. The Super Tucanos are a major boost to Burkina Faso’s small air arm, whose only other combat aircraft are two Mi-35s acquired from Russia in 2005....
  • An Open Letter to General Schwartz on the Light Air Support Aircraft

    03/05/2012 1:20:15 PM PST · by DefenseMatters · 13 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 03/05/12 | Ed Timperlake
    An Open Letter to General Schwartz on the Light Air Support Aircraft by Ed Timperlake Please do not validate that the AT-6 was compliant when submitted for LAS Solicitation FA8615-10-R-6088” by allowing your investigators to focus exclusively on the end-game selection paperwork. “There will be hell to pay” USAF Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz was recently quoted about possible results depending on what the “investigation” of the “smoking hole” debacle of trying to deliver a combat aircraft to the Afghan war effort. This is more tough talk from a General who previously told industry: “Don’t blow smoke up my...
  • Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6 Guns For Embraer's Super Tucano: Rival Planes Compared

    03/03/2012 7:44:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies · 1+ views
    AOL Defense ^ | March 1, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6 Guns For Embraer's Super Tucano: Rival Planes Compared It's Texan versus Tucano, take two, and the embarrassed Air Force has got to get it right this time. With all the claims, counter-claims, and rumors swirling about the controversial contract to buy the Embraer Super Tucano, which the Air Force cancelled unexpectedly on Tuesday and will likely re-compete, AOL Defense went both to the rival companies and independent sources to distill this definitive guide to the competition, from the two planes' performance to the manufacturers' twenty-year history of feuding. The bottom line? Both leading competitors are offering small,...
  • A-29 Super Tucano Vs AT-6: The “Smoking Hole”

    02/29/2012 9:22:28 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 34 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | Timperlake | Ed
    Super Tucano Vs AT-6: The “Smoking Hole” by Ed Timperlake “While we pursue perfection, we sometimes fall short, and when we do we will take corrective action,” said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in a statement Tuesday (Feb 28, 2012). The USAF just withdrew their selection of the SuperTucano for the Afghan Army Air Force LAS. Numerous worldwide news stories are reporting this action. The Air Force plans to set aside a disputed $354 million contract for a light air support plane and initiate an investigation into the award. A senior USAF acquisition official, who is reportedly leaving soon in...
  • US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft

    02/29/2012 3:09:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 29 February 2012
    US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft AFP - The US Air Force has canceled a $355 million contract for a light attack aircraft made by Brazil's Embraer, saying it would open an investigation after protests from a rival US aerospace firm, officials said Tuesday. The contract for 20 Embraer AT-29 Super Tucano aircraft was awarded in December as part of plans to arm the Afghan military amid a NATO troop drawdown. But the US Air Force said it was not "satisfied" with the paperwork supporting the decision to hand the project to US-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, in partnership...
  • Mayor Alvin Brown: It's time for Hawker Beeechraft to do the right thing.

    02/21/2012 8:55:39 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 4 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | 2/21/12 | Mayor Alvin Brown
    Mayor Alvin Brown: We need military aircraft built here Jacksonville has a long history of supporting the military and its national security role. Jacksonville is a city of nearly a million people where one of every four residents is either on active duty, is serving in the reserves, or is a proud veteran. We are honored to host a military/veteran population of nearly 250,000 people in the Jacksonville community. From the start, my administration has made military issues a top priority. When the United States Air Force announced its selection of the A-29 Super Tucano for its Light Air Support...
  • Peru may buy 10 Embraer Super Tucanos -Brazil

    02/17/2012 5:09:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | Alonso Soto
    Peru may buy 10 Embraer Super Tucanos -Brazil * Deal with Embraer could be worth $150 mln * Peru also interested in Embraer's KC-390 planes * Brazil, Peru want to boost border security BRASILIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Peru is considering buying ten Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil's Embraer as it works with Brazil to bolster surveillance along their jungle border, Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim said on Tuesday. Amorim said the Peruvian military is also interested in Embraer's KC-390 military transport plane and the armoured land vehicle Guarani, a Brazilian army project that is expected to start...
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation Corrects the Record on U.S. Air Force Light Air Support Program

    02/02/2012 11:11:16 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 15 replies
    Built For The MIssion ^ | 2/2/2012 | SNC Corp
    Misinformation and Legal Wrangling Delaying Mission-Critical A-29 Super Tucano for American Warfighters in Afghanistan SPARKS, Nev., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the winner of the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) competition, today issued a point-by-point rebuttal of misinformation being spread by the disqualified contender for the contract. The LAS contract provides aircraft, training and support for the U.S. government's partner building efforts in Afghanistan and other nations. The aircraft is urgently needed to support aerial reconnaissance and light air operations in Afghanistan, as well as to develop the organic capability needed to complete the...
  • Brazil's Embraer eyes NATO buyers for Super Tucano

    01/18/2012 11:41:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Jan 16, 2012 | Brad Haynes and Carolina Marcondes
    Brazil's Embraer eyes NATO buyers for Super Tucano Mon, Jan 16 2012 By Brad Haynes and Carolina Marcondes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer expects to sell its Super Tucano light attack aircraft to more NATO nations after clinching an order from the United States that lifted the company into the upper echelons of global defense contractors, a top executive told Reuters. "When you're selling to the most demanding client on the planet ... that's a showcase," Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the head of Embraer's Defense and Security unit, said in an interview. "It naturally opens the door to the NATO...
  • New airframe adds strike capability to Afghan air force

    01/12/2012 12:36:15 PM PST · by DefenseMatters · 17 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 1/10/2012 | Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey
    NATO Training Mission Afghanistan Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris FaheyS New airframe adds strike capability to Afghan air force AFGHANISTAN - In Afghanistan’s continued effort to independently battle counterinsurgency, a new tool will be added to their arsenal designed to allow versatility, reconnaissance and precision weapons placement to the growing Afghan air force. Announced Dec. 30, the U.S. Air Force has approved a contract worth more than $350 million that will provide the Afghan air force with at least 20 A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft, ground training devices and all associated maintenance and support equipment originally...
  • The Super Tucano has won the LAS competition: Lingering Questions

    01/04/2012 10:20:59 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 9 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 01/04/12 | Ed Timperlake
    The Super Tucano has won the LAS competition: Lingering Questions 01/04/2012 By Ed Timperlake There is tremendous news for the American/NATO war effort in Afghanistan. With the selection of the Super Tucano, the Afghan Army Air Force can now begin to develop a combat capable air fleet for the Afghan Air Force. Doing so is part of the process of reducing US and allied presence and having a key element for cooperation after the substantial ground forces of the US and its allies leave. This is a core task, not a peripheral one. This is not a procurement game; this...
  • Did Obama award Air Force contract to "Air Solyndra?"

    12/31/2011 10:39:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 47 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/31/2011 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Without telling anyone but Embraer, the Brazilian company he has decided to give the contract to, Barack “transparency” Obama has bypassed an American company and shutdown any further bidding on a project to build Light Air Support (LAS) planes for the Air Force. Given the Obama Administration’s penchant for double talk and outright lying it’s no wonder Hawker Beechcraft a Kansas air ship building company was snubbed. In Obama’s world building American really doesn’t count for much except as a phrase to use when talking to union members whose votes and money he needs. Since Hawker is a heavily unionized...
  • A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission

    12/30/2011 7:38:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 88 replies · 2+ views
    A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission SPARKS, Nev., Dec. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION and EMBRAER DEFENSE & SECURITY to supply aircraft, training and support to the Light Air Support program. A-29 Super Tucano to be built in Jacksonville, FL; over 70 U.S. companies to supply parts and services Eren Ozmen, President, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), and Luiz Carlos Aguiar, CEO, Embraer Defense and Security (Embraer), today announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected SNC, partnered with Embraer, to supply Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft to be used as...
  • Beechcraft Bailout Gone Bust

    11/21/2011 10:46:00 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 11/20/2011 | Ed Timperlake
    End-Game for USAF Competition? By Ed Timperlake November 20, 2011 11/20/2011 The headline in the Wichita Eagle says it all—“Hawker Beechcraft loses out on big Air Force contract” Reporter Dan Voorhis writing for The Wichita Eagle, (November 18 2011) points out that; “Hawker Beechcraft Corp. says the Air Force has informed the company that it lost out on a military contract worth nearly $1billion. “The company had hoped to win the Light Air Support contract with its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer. But on Friday, the company said it received a letter from the Air Force saying...
  • Small Weapons for Light Fighters

    10/12/2011 9:15:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 10/12/2011
    Small Weapons for Light Fighters In the recent weapon test campaign AT-6 completed firing of 2.75” unguided rockets, conducted captive carry test with guided 2.75" rockets and dropped general purpose bombs, four GBU-12, and four GBU-58 laser guided bombs (LGB - above), all LGBs scored direct hits. Additional tests are planned with other weapon types including Raytheon Griffin 35-lb. GPS/laser-guided bomb and Hellfire guided missile from Lockheed martin.. Under the U.S. Air National Guard evaluation of a future Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) to be operated by the U.S. and Afghan air forces, the Air Force is seeking a...
  • Why It's No Longer Raining Cocaine in the Dominican Republic

    08/31/2011 10:42:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Aug. 25, 2011 | Ezra Fieser
    Why It's No Longer Raining Cocaine in the Dominican Republic By Ezra Fieser / Santo Domingo Drug cartels often drop their product from small planes for it to be picked up by traffickers on land. But sometimes those air deliveries miss their mark — and until recently, errant bundles of cocaine used to fall from the sky into the Dominican Republic's countryside so frequently that one rural cab driver tells TIME they were like "gifts from God," because residents who found them could sell them back to the narcos for a handsome price. "It paid better than any other job,"...
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Launch

    05/20/2011 6:02:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Launch (Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation; issued May 19, 2011) SPARKS, Nev. --- As part of their bid to supply aircraft, training and support for the United States Air Force's Light Air Support (LAS) mission, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer have launched a new – to highlight the capabilities of the A-29 Super Tucano and how its selection benefits the warfighter and the U.S. economy. The A-29 Super Tucano will be built in Jacksonville, FL by American employees and with parts from American companies. Aircraft training will be provided in Clovis, NM. More than...
  • U.S. Wants COIN Aircraft For Foreign Training

    04/19/2011 8:52:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies ^ | Apr 19, 2011 | Graham Warwick, Bill Sweetman
    U.S. Wants COIN Aircraft For Foreign Training By Graham Warwick, Bill Sweetman Washington, Washington For a time it looked as if the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan might spark demand for dedicated counterinsurgency (COIN) aircraft, the way Vietnam gave new life to the A-1 Skyraider and spurred development of the OV-10 Bronco. A little more than two years ago, the U.S. Air Force envisioned operating a fleet of 100 light-attack/armed reconnaissance aircraft as part of a specialized irregular-warfare wing, and the Navy was evaluating an organic light-attack platform for its special operations forces. Now it looks unlikely that U.S. forces...
  • Embraer unveils the new Emb145 AEW&C platform developed for the Indian Government

    02/21/2011 11:20:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Embraer ^ | February 21, 2011
    EMBRAER UNVEILS THE NEW EMB 145 AEW&C PLATFORM DEVELOPED FOR THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT It is the first of three aircraft that will incorporate the DRDO-developed surveillance equipment São José dos Campos, February 21, 2011 – Embraer presented the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms, today, to representatives of the Indian government at a ceremony held at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Based on the proven Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, the aircraft features an in-flight refueling system, SATCOM capability, a significant increase in electrical and cooling capacities, and a comprehensive set...
  • Embraer May Develop Trainer Aircraft With India

    02/11/2011 8:51:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | SANTANU CHOUDHURY
    Embraer May Develop Trainer Aircraft With India By SANTANU CHOUDHURY BANGALORE -- Brazil's Embraer S.A. may develop a basic turboprop trainer aircraft jointly with India to meet potential demand from the air forces in both nations, a senior company executive said Friday. Embraer expects also to shortly win a contract from India to supply nine multi-mission aircraft, Orlando J F Neto, executive vice president for defense market, said. Embraer is among several defense companies worldwide who are participating at the ongoing Aero India show on expectations that the south Asian country will buy more weapons, aircraft and other defense equipment...
  • Embraer shows off light attack aircraft that could be built in Jacksonville

    02/02/2011 8:16:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies ^ | January 31, 2011 | Matt Soergel
    Embraer shows off light attack aircraft that could be built in Jacksonville Brazilian company hopes to land 5-year contract from U.S. government. By Matt Soergel The Super Tucano is a single-engine, turboprop plane that can stay over a battlefield for several hours, unleash a load of bombs and then, if necessary, land on a rugged dirt runway. The company that wants to build it in Jacksonville brought one to the international airport Sunday to show off to local media and dignitaries. Embraer Aircraft Holding expects to hear in June if it has won a five-year contract from the U.S. Department...
  • Embraer Suggests Super Tucano-F/A-18 Linkage

    12/07/2010 10:45:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 2+ views ^ | Dec 7, 2010 | Robert Wall
    Embraer Suggests Super Tucano-F/A-18 Linkage Dec 7, 2010 By Robert Wall LONDON — In discussing Brazil’s F-X2 fighter competition, Embraer CEO Frederico Curado suggested a U.S. purchase of Super Tucanos could benefit Boeing’s effort to sell the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Curado’s comments are far short of a quid-pro-quo proposal, but the Embraer CEO apparently believed a deal to buy U.S.-assembled Super Tucanos would be an easier way to satisfy offset requirements than using Boeing’s large commercial aircraft business. The comments were made last year during discussions with the U.S. ambassador to Brazil and reported in a “confidential” internal State Department...
  • Brothers compromised security at company's airport location

    12/03/2010 12:42:35 PM PST · by DFG · 18 replies
    Nashville City Paper ^ | 12/02/10 | James Nix
    A brother of three men indicted last month on federal sex trafficking charges provided one of them access to restricted areas at the Nashville International Airport including in the cockpit of a plane. The information came out during a hearing regarding the federal detention of Abdifatah Sharif Omar and Mohamed Sharif Omar Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Nashville. The two, along with brother Liban Sharif Omar, are three of the 29 individuals — mostly from Minneapolis and Nashville — indicted in November on federal charges of sex trafficking involving juvenile girls.
  • Boeing proposes Embraer link in bid for Brazil contract

    11/22/2010 10:50:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Boeing proposes Embraer link in bid for Brazil contract (AFP) – 1 hour ago SAO PAULO — Boeing is offering to partner with Brazil's Embraer on a new fighter jet, in an effort to strengthen its bid for a multi-billion-dollar Brazilian defense contract, the US manufacturer said in a report Monday. Joseph McAndrew, Boeing's vice president for Europe, Israel and America, told business publication Valor that the firm proposed 10 partnership projects with Brazil's aviation leader, including building a new plant in the country to build parts for Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet. The jet is locked in a heated competition...
  • Indonesia orders Super Tucanos for light attack role

    11/12/2010 9:31:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/11/10 | Greg Waldron
    Indonesia orders Super Tucanos for light attack role By Greg Waldron Indonesia plans to buy eight Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack turboprops, and could eventually double its order - the first for the Brazilian type in the Asia-Pacific region. "Air force headquarters has decided to replace our Rockwell OV-10 Broncos with as many as 16 Super Tucanos," says Indonesian air force operational commander Yushan Sayuti, according to a report by the country's official Antara news agency. The first Super Tucanos will arrive in 2012 under the initial order, which also includes ground-support stations and a logistics package. Several other...
  • Lethal Crop Dusters

    10/29/2009 1:04:21 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 1,049+ views
    U.S. and international air forces are becoming interested and open to utilizing off-the-shelf equipment in low-intensity, counter-insurgency and counter-drug operations in remote areas. The U.S. Navy is already evaluating an armed version of Embraer’s EMB-314 Super Tucano under a classified evaluation program known as ‘Imminent Fury’. The Navy is currently evaluating a single aircraft and is seeking a budget of $44 million to embark on a larger program. The Special Operations Command, Air Force and US Marine Corps are also interested in employing off the shelf assets for low-intensity Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and rapid target engagement. Armed Super Tucanos...
  • Closer political ties raise prospects for renewed alliance between Dassault and Embraer

    09/13/2009 8:43:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 313+ views
    Flight International ^ | 13/09/09 | Stephen Trimble
    Closer political ties raise prospects for renewed alliance between Dassault and Embraer By Stephen Trimble Growing political ties between Brazil and France may possibly lead to the rebirth of an even more powerful Dassault/Embraer alliance stretching beyond even their common interests in business jets and combat aircraft. A joint communiqué issued by presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil commit their governments to pursing closer links in the aerospace industry. Brazil initially appeared to agree to buy 36 Dassault Rafale F3s for the FX-2 contract, but the country's defence minister later clarified that negotiations...
  • Among allies, USAF takes irregular warfare path alone

    08/06/2009 6:41:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 805+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 06/08/09 | Stephen Trimble
    Among allies, USAF takes irregular warfare path alone By Stephen Trimble While most of its allies seek to refocus on conventional warfare, the US Air Force may soon spend hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire dozens of light fighters and airlifters uniquely dedicated to counter-insurgency roles. Having spent much of the past decade supporting US-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, the major air powers of Europe are looking to recalibrate their fiscal resources and activities more towards conventional operations, say several analysts. "We have invested far too much in [irregular warfare, or IW]. We now have to claw...
  • Chinese army nears USA's borders

    05/19/2009 10:36:00 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 26 replies · 1,088+ views
    pravda ^ | 19.05.2009 | Vladimir Anokhin
    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in China for a visit. Strange as it may seem, there can be hardly any information found about the visit, which takes place on May 18-20. It brings up the idea that South America is working on an alliance with Asia’s largest states. It is not ruled out that China may eventually strengthen its influence near the borders of the United States and even set up Chinese army bases in the region. Brazil, the largest country of Latin America, suffered political and economic cataclysms during the 1990s just like the USSR. The...
  • Ecuador finalises big Super Tucano order (Brazilian warplane)

    03/24/2009 7:40:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies · 2,168+ views ^ | 24/03/09 | Stephen Trimble
    Ecuador finalises big Super Tucano order By Stephen Trimble Ecuador has finalised a contract to become the fifth Latin American nation to buy the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano trainer and light attack aircraft. The Brazilian manufacturer on 23 March announced that negotiations over a nine-month-old agreement with the Ecuadorian air force have finally been completed, following reported difficulties with the financing arrangements. The deal covers the supply of 24 turboprop-powered Super Tucanos, with these to replace Ecuador’s ageing fleet of Cessna A-37 strike aircraft, and help re-assert control over the country’s airspace. Last March, Ecuador strongly objected to Colombian air...
  • Airport doubles flights from Palmdale

    08/31/2008 10:05:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2008. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Passengers will have twice as many flights to choose from at L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport starting Wednesday, as United Airlines moves to a more frequent flight schedule using smaller, 30-passenger airplanes. The expanded schedule, with four flights daily between Palmdale and San Francisco, will allow passengers nearly double the number of connecting flights from San Francisco International Airport. The change is an effort to meet passenger's requests for increased schedule flexibility and should better meet the needs of government, military and business travelers, officials said. Airport Manager Robert Gluck said the change was "driven by the business community." Businesspeople were finding...
  • Melbourne International finalizes Embraer lease

    06/19/2008 8:12:47 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 9 replies · 124+ views
    Orlando Business Journal ^ | June 19, 2008 | Orlando Business Journal
    The Melbourne [Florida] Airport Authority has unanimously agreed to approve a 30-year lease agreement at Melbourne International Airport for Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, which plans to build a $51 million, 149,500-square-foot production facility for its Phenom business jet. The lease agreement, which can be extended to a total of 50 years, covers 25 acres, but it gives Embraer an option for 70 more acres. Embraer's annual lease payment of about $286,000 will be waived for the first year as an incentive. The lease package is valued at more than $8 million. The company is expected to employ about 200 people...
  • Blackwater Buys Brazilian Bombers-(mercenaries)

    08/27/2007 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Flavius · 23 replies · 2,749+ views
    strategy page ^ | August 27, 2007 | strategy page
    Security company Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. These five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft are built for pilot training, but also perform quite well for counter-insurgency work.
  • Brazil seeks indictment of U.S. pilots

    05/28/2007 6:09:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 11 replies · 637+ views
    Jackson News-Tribune ^ | May 25, 2007 | Michael Astor
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A prosecutor on Friday sought formal charges against two U.S. pilots and four Brazilian air traffic controllers involved in the South American country‘s worst-ever air disaster, which left 154 people dead. Lepore, 42, and Paladino, 34, were flying an Embraer Legacy 600 executive jet on Sept. 29, 2006 when it collided with a Boeing 737 operated by Gol Linhas Aereas Intelligentes SA, sending the larger plane crashing into the rain forest and killing everyone onboard. Lepore and Paladino were detained in Brazil for two months and allowed to leave only after promising to return for...
  • Brazil's Embraer reveals details of C-390 military airlifter

    04/19/2007 9:06:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 4,550+ views ^ | 19/04/07 | Graham Warwick
    Picture: Embraer reveals details of C-390 military airlifter By Graham Warwick Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has confirmed it is studying a military airlifter, the C-390, first revealed exclusively by Flight International last year. The medium-size military transport uses technology from the Embraer 190 small airliner, but has a high wing and rear loading ramp. Embraer says the C-390 has fly-by-wire flight controls and can be equipped for aerial refueling, both as a receiver and a tanker. The artist’s impression released by the Brazilian manufacturer shows the high-mounted wing, raised tail and prominent sponsons for high-flotation landing gear. The C-390, if developed,...
  • Brazil to let US pilots go home after crash probe

    12/07/2006 11:23:16 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies · 614+ views ^ | December 5, 2006 | Reuters
    Two U.S. pilots should be allowed to go home after being forced to stay in Brazil for more than two months over their role in the country's worst air disaster, a Brazilian court ruled on Tuesday. A court statement said Joseph Lepore, 42, and Jan Paladino, 34, would get their passports back after 72 hours, during which the police would take further testimony. The two must promise to show up when needed for the investigation and legal process. "The measure of restricting the freedom of movement for foreigners is not backed by the domestic legal system," the statement said after...
  • Brazil court releases pilots' passports

    12/05/2006 11:06:11 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 3 replies · 446+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4 minutes ago ;>) 12/5/2006 | Unatrributed
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A court said Tuesday it had released the passports of two U.S. pilots of a private jet involved in a collision with a Boeing 737 over the Amazon that killed 154 people. The Federal Regional Court of the First Region of Brasilia said that it unanimously agreed to return the passports of Joseph Lepore, 42, of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jan Paladino, 34, of Westhampton Beach, N.Y. They can pick up their passports in 72 hours and leave Brazil, but must agree to return to Brazil for further inquiry and judicial action, the court said...
  • Brazil - Colliding With Death at 37,000 Feet, and Living (NYTimes reporter aboard Embraer)

    10/02/2006 11:34:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 44 replies · 2,501+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | October 3, 2006 | Joe Sharkey
    Excerpt - SÃO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Oct. 1 — It had been an uneventful, comfortable flight. With the window shade drawn, I was relaxing in my leather seat aboard a $25 million corporate jet that was flying 37,000 feet above the vast Amazon rainforest. The 7 of us on board the 13-passenger jet were keeping to ourselves. Without warning, I felt a terrific jolt and heard a loud bang, followed by an eerie silence, save for the hum of the engines. ~ snip ~
  • Brazilian air force releases first pictures of Embraer Legacy in Friday's fatal collision

    10/02/2006 11:03:48 PM PDT · by bellevuesbest · 23 replies · 3,396+ views
    Flight Global ^ | October 2, 2006 | Justin Wastnage
    The Brazilian air force (FAB) has released photographs of the Embraer Legacy 600 business jet that collided with a Gol Linhas Aereas Boeing 737-800 on Friday killing 151 passengers and crew on board. The air force has begun its investigation into the case of the crash and has retained the Embraer aircraft. The aircraft (N600XL, pictured below) was on its delivery flight to the new owner, Excelaire, and was scheduled to land at Embraer's facility in Manaus to refuel. Following the collision, the Legacy 600 landed at the Cachimbo air force base. The FAB says the aircraft, which has a...
  • India buys half of world's planes

    06/16/2005 10:54:17 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 11 replies · 751+ views
    The Times of India ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005 10:38:34 AM | The Times of India
    MUMBAI: Nine airlines. 350 aircraft. Funding and infrastructure—a big question mark. This sums up the booming Indian aviation sector. In the last six months, private Indian airline companies have placed orders for 250 aircraft, representing 43 per cent of the total global orders placed with aircraft manfacturers Airbus and Boeing. Add the 93 planes that national carriers Air-India and Indian Airlines are expected to order, and India's share of the global aircraft market zooms beyond 50 per cent. (Globally, Airbus and Boeing have secured combined orders of 573—Airbus 296 and Boeing 277— compared with 647 in the whole of last...
  • JetBlue Orders 100 Jets in $3B Contract

    06/10/2003 11:31:40 AM PDT · by Koblenz · 11 replies · 383+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | June 10, 2003 | ALAN CLENDENNING,
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - JetBlue Airways placed a $3 billion order with Brazil's Embraer for 100 regional jets as the low-cost carrier embarks on a growth strategy that involves challenging the country's largest carriers in mid-sized markets. The strategy represents an evolution for JetBlue on two fronts. First, it means the New York-based carrier is abandoning its reliance on a single aircraft, the Airbus A320. It also means JetBlue is ready to compete with major airlines on short-haul trips. David Neeleman, JetBlue's chief executive, said Tuesday's announcement makes the carrier "well-positioned to offer a better product to markets of all...