Tue, Aug 08, 2006
presented a proposal to the Turkish government to sell between
36 and 55 Super Tucano trainer aircraft. The proposal submitted is
associated with a technology transfer and industrial participation
program involving local defense companies. Embraer’s hopes
that its experience in international cooperation programs will be
fundamental in this competition.
The company’s partnerships, including under license
production and technology transfer programs in Egypt (Egyptian Air
Force) and Northern Ireland (Royal Air Force and other export
countries) involving the EMB 312 Tucano (Super Tucano’s
predecessor), resulted in more than 250 units produced outside of
Brazil. The EMB 312 Tucano fleet, which consists of more than 650
aircraft, is in operation with 17 air forces and has surpassed over
one million flight hours since entering into service.
In the commercial aviation market, Embraer is also assembling
the well known ERJ 145 regional jet in China through a joint
venture in that country.
“We are very confident that our comprehensive and focused
proposal will comply with the Turkish government requirements.
Embraer’s previous experience in this kind of program is
remarkable and has helped us to better structure our proposal,
including an outstanding level of local industry participation and
technology transfer. The Super Tucano is proving its excellence for
Brazilian Air Force pilots training and we strongly believe that
the product was conceived with the maturity required by the
military market,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer Executive
Vice-President, Defense and Government Market.
A total of 41 Super Tucano aircraft have been delivered so far
to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), which ordered 99 units. The Super
Tucano is being operated out of four bases in Brazil for pilot
training and operational missions.
In the Natal Air Force Base located in the northeast of the
country, the Super Tucano has been used to train a new group of
Brazilian Air Force fighter pilots since August 2004. A fleet of 24
Super Tucanos is operating at this air force base and have logged
over 10,000 flight hours. Average mission completion rate is 99.7
percent. By the end of this year, the second group of Super Tucano
graduate fighter pilot officers will be assigned to the operational
squadrons deployed in the Amazon region.
The Colombian Air Force (FAC), which ordered 25 Super Tucanos in
2005, will take delivery of its first aircraft by the end of 2006.
The sale to Colombia marked the first international agreement
involving Super Tucano trainers.
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