Brazil's Embraer to sell attack planes to Guatemala

Brazil's top planemaker Embraer said Tuesday it will supply Guatemala with six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to help protect the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

The company will also sell Guatemala a command and control system and three primary three-dimensional radars, its defense and security unit said.

Together, these items make up a surveillance system aimed at helping authorities identify and fight deforestation, forest fires, illegal occupation and illegal extraction of natural resources in an area of more than 21,000 square kilometers (8108 square miles), Embraer said.

The order also includes logistical support for the air operation and training for pilots and mechanics.

Guatemala will be the sixth Latin American country to operate the Super Tucano, after Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.

The aircraft, already in use by nine air forces in Africa, Asia and Latin America can be used for a broad range of missions including light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception and counter-insurgency.

Embraer is the world's third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, behind Boeing of the United States and Europe's Airbus.

by Park Chan-Kyong © 2013 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Apr 9, 2013