Tue, May 22, 2007
Will Spotlight Plane At IDEF
Hoping to cash in on a potentially lucrative contract to replace
the Turkish Air Force's aging Cessna T-37 "Tweety Bird" trainers,
Embraer will place special emphasis on its Super Tucano turboprop
trainer aircraft during this week's International Defense Industry
Fair (IDEF), in Ankara, Turkey.
The Super Tucano is one of the contenders in the Turkish Basic
Trainer Aircraft Program for replacing the T-37s. The Super Tucano
is an evolution of the successful Tucano, which has some 650 units
in service worldwide. Nearly 50 Super Tucanos are in service,
today, in the Brazilian Air Force, and seven with the Colombian Air
Embraer is proposing a long lasting partnership with the Turkish
Air Force and the local industry by offering the most cost
effective training solution currently available in the market,
together with a comprehensive industrial compensation program,
stated Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer Executive Vice-President for the
Defense and Government Market.
Recently, the Super Tucano was evaluated by a team from the TuAF
and the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) in a
configuration quite similar to their requirements.
The Super Tucano avionics system sports an advanced cockpit
interface, as well as a comprehensive synthetic training package,
including a full weapons simulation mode. The aircraft also
features a pressurized cockpit.
IDEF is a leading international defense show in the Turkey and
Eurasia region. The trade fair is held by the Turkish Armed Forces
Foundation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence, at the
Ankara Hippodrome. This year's show runs from May 22-25.
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