U.S. Air Force selects the A-29 Super Tucano from Embraer for its Light Air Support program

 U.S. Air Force selects the A-29 Super Tucano from Embraer for its Light Air
                               Support program


PR Newswire

SAO PAULO, Feb. 28, 2013

SAO PAULO, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced
today that it has selected the Embraer Defense and Security´s A-29 Super
Tucano for its Light Air Support (LAS) program. The aircraft will be supplied
in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor,
and will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance,
and light air support operations. After a thorough rebidding process, the USAF
considered the overall solution offered by Embraer Defense and Security and
SNC to be the superior choice for this critical mission.

As specified by the U.S. Air Force, this is a USD 427 million contract for 20
Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft, as well as ground-based devices to support
pilot training and all maintenance and supply requirements for the aircraft
and associated equipment. The aircraft selected for the LAS program will be
built in Jacksonville, Florida.

The A-29 Super Tucano is a robust, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft
capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, including close air support
and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The airplane is in use
with nine air forces around the world and, for more than five years, has
employed state-of-the-art munitions on real operational missions. More than
190 Super Tucanos have been ordered, and over 170 delivered. The aircraft has
logged more than 180,000 flight hours and 28,000 combat hours. It is equipped
with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system
technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivalled
munitions capacity. This makes it highly reliable and allows for an excellent
cost-benefit ratio for a wide range of military missions, even operating from
unpaved runways and in hostile environments. These characteristics, along with
its proven combat record, make it the logical choice for the LAS mission.

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Company's investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on
the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental
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facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events
and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ
substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.


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