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Peru to buy 10 Super Tucano light attack aircraft

The Americas Post - The Embraer Super Tucano is for countries that need airstrike capability on a budget

Peru is interested in buying 10 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to patrol its Amazon borders, the Brazilian Minister of Defense said Tuesday, opening a new market for Brazilian manufacturer Embraer in Latin America.

The announcement was made by Defense Minister Celso Amorim in Brasilia after meeting with Peruvian counterpart Alberto Otarola to discuss the efforts of both nations to police their porous Amazon borders.

“It’s not just sales, but a technology transfer agreement with industrial cooperation,” Amorim told reporters.

Otarola did not confirm any numbers, but acknowledged negotiations with Embraer, which he was scheduled to visit in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

“We expect these discussions to reach a successful conclusion,” he said.

The sale of 10 aircraft would total about $150 million, according to the Brazilian government.

More than 60 of the multipurpose turboprop aircraft have already been sold to the armed forces of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Dominican Republic.

Amorim said that Peru is also interested in buying Guarani armored military transports and the future Brazilian Embraer KC-390, to be launched in late 2016.

Super Tucano sales are boosting profits for Embraer, the third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world.