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Embraer Inks Deal to Supply A-29 Tucanos to Guatemala

Apr. 10, 2013 - 07:03AM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Embraer Defense & Security will supply a fleet of A-29 Tucano aircraft and a network of surveillance and control systems to protect a jungle reserve in Guatemala from illegal exploitation, the company said Tuesday.

Embraer announced the deal at the LAAD exhibition here.

South America’s largest aerospace and defense company said it had signed a contract to build a surveillance and protection system for the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala, the largest tropical forest area in Central America.

The deal involves acquisition of six A-29s, a command and control system, and three primary three-dimensional radars. The order also covers logistical support for the aerial operations and training for pilots and mechanics, Embraer said.

The surveillance system will be used to allow Guatemalan authorities to combat deforestation, forest fires, illegal occupation and illegal economic activities in an area covering more than 21,000 square kilometers.

The contract means Guatemala will become the 12th A-29 operator. Half of them are in Latin America.

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