Brazil Aspires to Sell the Super Tucano to More NATO Countries
By Dialogo January 18, 2012
The Brazilian firm Embraer hopes to sell its Super Tucano light military aircraft to more North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, after obtaining a U.S. order that has put it in the big leagues among defense contractors, a high-ranking executive of the firm said.
“When you’re selling to the most demanding customers on the planet (…) it’s a shop window,” Luis Carlos Aguiar, head of Embraer’s defense and security unit, said in an interview. This “naturally opens to the door to NATO countries, which have a lot of joint operations,” he added.
Only weeks after Embraer obtained its first contract with the U.S. government, Aguiar said that the manufacturer is considering at least three other projects for the U.S. Armed Forces.
The U.S. contract is the first for the Super Tucano in the NATO alliance. A previous generation of the plane, known as the Tucano, was used in early 1989 to train pilots in France and the United Kingdom.