Embraer Defense & Security signs sales contract for Super Tucanos with Senegal's Air Force

    Embraer Defense & Security signs sales contract for Super Tucanos with
                             Senegal's Air Force

PR Newswire

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 10, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Senegalese Air Force signed
a contract, today, at LAAD Defence & Security, for the acquisition of three
A-29 Super Tucano light attack, advanced training turboprops from Embraer
Defense & Security. The event was attended by Brazilian Defense Minister Celso
Amorim, Senegalese Defense Minister Augustin Tine, Brazilian Air Force
Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Juniti Saito, and Senegalese Air Force Chief
of Staff Ousmane Kane, among other authorities.

The order includes logistical support for the operation and the installation
of a training system for pilots and mechanics (TOSS) in Senegal, bringing
autonomy to that country's Air Force in preparing qualified personnel. The
aircraft will be deployed on border surveillance and internal security
missions. With this order, Senegal becomes the fourth Super Tucano customer on
the African continent. Financing will be handled by Brazil's National Economic
and Social Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e
Social - BNDES).

"With this contract, we are adding one more customer from the African
continent, where the Super Tucano has stirred great interest," said Luiz
Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense & Security. "This is a versatile
and robust aircraft, with proven combat experience and it will fulfill, with
excellence, the missions for which it was chosen."

Thirteen customers, worldwide, have chosen the A-29 Super Tucano. The model is
operating with nine air forces in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and has
surpassed 180,000 flight hours and 28,000 hours of combat. The Super Tucano
has over 210 orders and more than 170 units in operation, and it is capable of
carrying out a broad range of missions, including light attack, surveillance,
aerial interception, and counter-insurgency. The aircraft operates with over
130 weapons configurations and is equipped with advanced electronic,
electro-optical, infra-red, and laser systems, as well as secure radio systems
with data link technology and an unparalleled weapons capacity, which makes it
highly reliable and gives it an excellent cost-benefit ratio for a large
number of military missions, even on unpaved runways and in hostile

The Super Tucano is the outcome of a project developed in accordance with the
rigorous demands of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), and it is totally
compatible with combat operations in complex scenarios, where data exchange
and information processing capabilities are required. Besides its reinforced
airframe for operating on unpaved airfields, the airplane has advanced
navigation and weapons guidance systems, which ensures high precision and
reliability, when using both conventional and smart weaponry under extreme
conditions. The airplane requires minimum logistical support for continuous

About Embraer Defense & Security

With over 40 years of experience in providing Armed Forces around the world
with superior platforms and systems to aid in their defense and security,
Embraer Defense & Security has a growing presence in the global market, and
plays a strategic role in Brazil's defense system. Embraer Defense &
Security's product portfolio includes military airplanes, state-of-the-art
radar technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and advanced information
and communications systems, such as Command, Control, Communications,
Computer, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)
applications. Embraer's airplanes and military solutions are in service with
more than 50 armed forces in 48 countries.

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