SAO PAULO – Brazil’s Embraer aircraft manufacturer confirmed Monday that it signed an agreement to sell 24 Super Tucano combat aircraft to the Ecuadorian air force for use in patrol missions and pilot training.
Embraer did not specify the size of the contract, but by way of comparison, Colombia paid the firm $234.5 million for 25 Super Tucanos.
The Super Tucano is a turbo-prop multi-purpose aircraft that can carry a wide array of both conventional and smart weapons.
Ecuador ordered the two-seat version of the plane to facilitate use as a trainer.
“We’re very honored to expand our relationship with the government of Ecuador, a country that operates different models of Embraer aircraft,” the firm’s executive vice president for defense products, Orlando Jose Ferreira Neto, said in a statement announcing the deal.
“The Super Tucano is the ideal aircraft to execute patrol and training missions, and we are sure that it will fully meet the needs of the Ecuadorian air force,” he added.
With the new contract, Embraer has sold a total of 169 to the air forces of Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and the Dominican Republic.
The agreement with Ecuador also commits Embraer to offer different services, including logistical support, training and technical operational support.
Embraer, the world’s fourth largest aircraft manufacturer, is the world leader in the production of airplanes of up to 120 seats for regional flights. EFE