Embraer Reports Sale of Six Aircraft to Guatemala
By Dialogo April 11, 2013
On April 9, Brazilian company Embraer, the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, announced the sale of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Guatemala for an undisclosed amount, in order to implement a system for surveillance and protection of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
The contract includes the six aircraft, three primary tridimensional radars, and a command system, as well as logistic support for airborne and training operations for pilots and mechanics, Embraer said in a press release.
“The Maya Biosphere Reserve’s surveillance system will allow Guatemalan authorities to identify and combat deforestation, fires, illicit occupation and economic activities, such as the illegal exploitation of natural resources in an area greater than 21,000 km2,” the company stated.
The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest area of tropical rain forest in Central America.
With this acquisition, Guatemala has become the sixth operator of this aircraft in Latin America, after Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, the report added. The aircraft is also operational in African and Asian countries.
The Super Tucano is a turbo prop aircraft designed for light attacks, counter insurgency, close air support, air reconnaissance missions in low-threat environments, as well as for advanced pilot training.
In the report, Embraer stated that there are over 210 orders for Super Tucano aircraft and that there are over 170 units in operation.