Tue, Mar 24, 2009
24 Aircraft To Be Used In Border Patrol, Training Missions
Embraer confirmed Monday signing the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE)
for the sale of 24 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft, through a
contract that was finalized last year. The single-turboprop,
tandem-seat airplanes will be used on border patrol missions and
for pilot training. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late
"We are honored to expand our relationship with the Ecuadorian
Government, which already operates many Embraer aircraft models,"
said Orlando José Ferreira Neto, Executive Vice President,
Defense and Government Market. "The Super Tucano is the ideal
aircraft for surveillance and training missions and we are certain
it will fully meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Air Force. With this
contract, we have now sold a total of 169 Super Tucano planes."
Relations between Embraer and the Ecuadorian Government have
become much closer in recent years. TAME Línea Aérea
del Ecuador, a state-owned airline, currently operates two Embraer
170 and three Embraer 190 jets. In September 2008, Embraer
delivered a 50-seat ERJ-145 to the state-owned Petroecuador
company, which uses the aircraft to transport employees between its
business units within the country, and in December FAE received a
13-seat Legacy 600 jet.
The deal with FAE includes an extensive Integrated Logistic
Support (ILS) package and an advanced Training and Operation
Support System (TOSS), covering not only the aircraft, but also
ground support stations and a flight simulator.
This is the fourth export contract signed by Embraer to supply
Super Tucano aircraft to a Latin American air force. In August
2008, the Brazilian planemaker announced a contract with the
Chilean Air Force (FACh) for the sale of 12 aircraft, and at the
beginning of 2009 it confirmed the sale of eight planes to the
Dominican Republic Air Force. The Super Tucano currently operates
in the air forces of Brazil and Colombia, successfully carrying out
border patrol and other missions.
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