EMBRAER CONFIRMS THE SALE OF 24 SUPER TUCANO AIRPLANES TO EQUADOR
The aircraft will be used for training and for border patrol missions
Embraer confirms signing the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) for the sale of 24 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft, through a contract that was finalized last year. The tandem seat airplanes will be used on border patrol missions and for pilot training. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2009.
â€œWe are honored to expand our relationship with the Ecuadorian Government, which already operates many Embraer aircraft models,â€ said Orlando JosÃ© Ferreira Neto, Executive Vice President, Defense and Government Market. â€œThe 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.â€
Relations between Embraer and the Ecuadorian Government have become much closer in recent years. TAME LÃnea AÃ©rea 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 jet 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 lso 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 Company 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.