Peru Interested in Ten Super Tucano Attack Planes
By Dialogo February 16, 2012
Peru is interested in buying ten Super Tucano light attack planes to patrol its Amazonian borders, the Brazilian defense minister said on February 14, opening a new market for the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer in Latin America.
The announcement was made by Defense Minister Celso Amorim following a meeting in Brasilia with his Peruvian counterpart Alberto Otarola to discuss both nations’ efforts to patrol their porous Amazonian borders.
“It’s been the subject of talks for some time now (…) It’s in that context that we’re also working with the possibility that ten planes could be present in that sphere,” Amorim told reporters in Brasilia.
“It’s not only a matter of a sale, but also an industrial-cooperation agreement with technology transfer,” Amorim told reporters.
Otarola did not specify the number of Super Tucanos, but he acknowledged the existence of negotiations with Embraer, the headquarters of which, on the outskirts of São Paulo, he planned to visit.
“We hope that these discussions reach a good conclusion,” he said.
The sale of ten planes would come to around 150 million dollars, according to a Brazilian government source.
More than 60 of the multi-purpose turboprop planes have been acquired by the Armed Forces of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic up to now.
Embraer recently said that there was a market in Latin America for another 50 planes.
Amorim said that Peru is also interested in buying the Guarani armored vehicle and Embraer’s future KC-390 Brazilian military transport, which will debut in late 2016.
Planes like the Super Tucano are ensuring modest profits this year for Embraer, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of commercial planes, which has seen stability in its markets for regional and executive jets.