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  • 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...
  • Paramount launches flight trials with low-cost AHRLAC (South African aircraft)

    08/13/2014 6:23:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | August 13, 2014 | Craig Hoyle
    Almost three years after it announced plans to produce a low-cost, multirole aircraft for military and civilian duties, South Africa’s Paramount Group has completed the first public flight of its AHRLAC design. Paramount Group The advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft’s formal debut was performed at Wonderboom airport in Pretoria on 13 August – just over a month after Paramount unveiled the prototype on 10 July. Flight testing of the type has now reached a total of around 5h, the company says. According to its developer, AHRLAC “integrates designs from attack helicopters, surveillance platforms and reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to...
  • Little Hope For Beechcraft In USAF Dispute

    06/14/2013 9:07:26 AM PDT · by KMR · 49 replies
    FORBES ^ | June 12, 2013 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Beechcraft hopes Congress will get involved to kill a U.S. Air Force contract with its Brazilian rival Embraer to make $431 million worth of fighter planes for Afghanistan.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Super Tucano Supporters In Shock: AF To Pick Tucano Or AT-6 Without Flying Either

    05/08/2012 8:41:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | May 7, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    Super Tucano Supporters In Shock: AF To Pick Tucano Or AT-6 Without Flying Either The Air Force will choose a winner in its troubled Light Air Support competition without actually flying the two contending planes, the Embraer Super Tucano and the Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6, and it will even disregard what it has data from the limited "flight demonstration" it conducted last year. That's a disturbing departure from best practice in a program that has already been an agony for the Air Force, with the delivery of ground-attack planes to the fledgling Afghan air force now delayed by 15 months, enough to...
  • 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,...
  • U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government

    03/01/2012 6:40:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 1, 2012 | Jeb Blount and Guillermo Parra-Bernal
    U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government RIO DE JANEIRO/SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - A decision by the United States to cancel a $355 million defense aircraft contract with Brazilian planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA) has surprised the government of Brazil which had hoped for the development of a bilateral defense program, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the government was "surprised" with the cancellation "especially with the way that it happened and the timing." The U.S. Air Force earlier this week called off the purchase of 20 Embraer's Super Tucano jets due to problems...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Top Air Force General on his test flight of the A-29 Super tucano

    01/09/2012 2:06:29 PM PST · by DefenseMatters · 26 replies
    Built For The MIssion ^ | 1/7/12 | BFTM
    In November 2011, Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, USAF (Ret.) took TacAir's A-29 Super Tucano for a test flight over Northern Nevada. A highly decorated military leader, Deptula transitioned from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service. He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He has twice been a Combined/Joint Task Force Commander—in 1998/1999 for Operation Northern Watch where he flew 82 combat missions as a general officer, and for Operation Deep Freeze conducting operations in Antarctica. In 2001, he served as Director of the Combined...
  • Who should build our next light attack aircraft? (Brazil?)

    01/07/2012 6:32:53 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 77 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | January 7, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    The United States Air Force is facing questions from Hawker Beechcraft Corp. after a recent GAO decision effectively removed them from the running in a bid to build our next generation of light attack aircraft.... Hawker Beechcraft, which has been excluded by the U.S. Air Force from competing for a contract to supply a new light attack aircraft, is fighting mad and fighting back. The Wichita-based manufacturer of business jets and turboprops filed suit yesterday with the Court of Federal Claims following notification that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) declined to review its protest of the Air Force decision, which...
  • 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...
  • 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,"...
  • Brazil takes out clandestine airstrip with bombs

    08/15/2011 9:42:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2011
    Brazil takes out clandestine airstrip with bombs By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- The Brazilian Air Force on Friday dropped eight 500-pound bombs on a clandestine airstrip in the jungle near the Colombian and Venezuelan borders, part of wide military operation that goes beyond targeting drug traffickers. Video of the scene, released by the air force, showed craters on the destroyed airstrip, which they say was used to move drugs. The highly-publicized effort, dubbed Operation Agatha, is an effort against drug trafficking, illegal mining and logging, and trafficking of wild animals, the military said. "This operation is a first...
  • Rep. Allen West makes the case for LAS and the A-29 Super Tucano

    06/05/2011 7:43:14 PM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 23 replies
    Built For The Mission Flikr Stream ^ | May 26, 2011 | Rep. Allen West
    The Honorable Michael B. Donley Secretary of the Air Force 1060 Air Force, Pentagon Washington, DC 20330-1670 Dear Mr. Secretary: I am writing to you about an issue of significant importance, the Light Air Support program to supply aircraft and training to the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps as well as support our partner building efforts with other allies. This is of interest to me as I was elected to Congress to protect the American taxpayer and to protect this country’s national interests and security. I served in Afghanistan training afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their...
  • An Historic PR "fumble" in the Super Tucano vs AT-6 Public Fight

    05/26/2011 8:01:39 AM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 5/26/2011 | Ed Timperlake
    An Historic PR “fumble” in the Super Tucano Vs AT-6 Public Fight By Ed Timperlake May 26, 2011 Currently the U.S. Air Force is engaged in a source selection process to pick a Light Attack Support Aircraft (LAS) for the emerging Afghan National Army Air Corps. The Super Tucano is the only platform with proven combat success in fighting against both the communist FARC guerillas in Colombia and drug kingpins operating across borders in South America. (http://www.sldforum.com/2011/05/all-else-is-rubbish/). The AT-6, the other LAS in consideration, is not yet even certified for ordnance release. So what exactly has been the PR strategy...
  • A-29 Super Tucano: Fla. job growth potential harmed by misinformation

    05/07/2011 8:40:48 PM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 7 replies
    St. Augustine Record ^ | 5/7/2011 | Sen. Mike Haridopolos
    Fla. job growth potential harmed by misinformation By MIKE HARIDOPOLOS Created 05/07/2011 - 12:01am The State of Florida continues to work hard to diminish economic impacts resulting from the end of NASA's space shuttle program, particularly devastating to the Space Coast. It is likely that 1,900 Floridians will lose their jobs as the program comes to a close. Florida Senate President The State of Florida continues to work hard to diminish economic impacts resulting from the end of NASA's space shuttle program, particularly devastating to the Space Coast. It is likely that 1,900 Floridians will lose their jobs as the...
  • What Is So Super About The Tucano

    12/06/2010 9:55:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Indonesia has reduced its original order of sixteen Brazilian EMB-314 Super Tucano aircraft, to eight. The Indonesian generals wanted sixteen, but the politicians, and budget realities, cut that in half. The Tucanos will replace twelve 1960s era American OV-10s. The two seat, 5.2 ton, single engine turbo prop Super Tucano will be used for COIN (Counter Insurgency) operations. It can fly low and slow, yet still has a 1,000 combat kilometer radius, five hour endurance, 600 kilometers per hour top speed, and a 35,000 foot ceiling. The Super Tucano armament consists of twin 12.7mm (.50 caliber) machine guns and nearly...
  • What Is So Super About The Tucano

    11/18/2010 8:54:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Strategy page ^ | 11/18/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Indonesia has reduced its original order of sixteen Brazilian EMB-314 Super Tucano aircraft, to eight. The Indonesian generals wanted sixteen, but the politicians, and budget realities, cut that in half. The Tucanos will replace twelve 1960s era American OV-10s. The two seat, 5.2 ton, single engine turbo prop Super Tucano will be used for COIN (Counter Insurgency) operations. It can fly low and slow, yet still has a 1,000 combat kilometer radius, five hour endurance, 600 kilometers per hour top speed, and a 35,000 foot ceiling. The Super Tucano armament consists of twin 12.7mm (.50 caliber) machine guns and nearly...
  • 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...
  • Legends of Vietnam: Bronco's Tale (possible comeback)

    02/05/2010 6:47:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies · 1,248+ views
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | William E. Burrows
    Legends of Vietnam: Bronco's Tale One of the most versatile aircraft of the Vietnam War appears on the verge of a comeback. * By William E. Burrows * Air & Space Magazine, March 01, 2010 The U.S. military has been here before:fighting an enemy who wears no uniform, one who hits and runs then disappears, blending in with local villagers. It has pursued before, with overwhelming technological superiority, guerrilla fighters who improvise weapons and use the terrain to hide. The rugged mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier, where the Taliban and al Qaeda hide, are as effective at concealment as the...
  • Super Tucano Versus F-35B

    01/28/2010 1:32:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies · 1,792+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Britain is having second thoughts about replacing its Harrier VTOL (vertical takeoff) fighter-bomber, with the F-35B, to provide ground support for the troops. While the Harrier can hover, this uses a lot of fuel. So while supporting the troops with firepower, the Harrier operates like a normal jet. In other words, it moves fast. Too fast to catch everything going on down below. This has produced a lot of complaints from the troops, mainly because the British soldiers sometimes receive ground support from slower moving, and far more popular, American A-10s. This got the British to thinking that a slower,...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Ecuador finalises big Super Tucano order (Brazilian warplane)

    03/24/2009 7:40:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies · 2,168+ views
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 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...