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 Embraer Defense & Security Will Supply a Protection System for Nature Reserve in Guatemala


São Paulo, Brazil, April 9, 2013 – Embraer Defense & Security announced, today, the signing of a contract for implementing a surveillance and protection system for the Maya Biosphere Reserve, in Guatemala, which is the largest tropical forest area in Central America. The project for “Constructing the Surveillance and Protection System of the Maya Biosphere” provides for the acquisition of six A-29 Super Tucano airplanes, a command and control system, and three primary three-dimensional radars. The order also includes logistical support for the aerial operations and training for pilots and mechanics.

The surveillance system for the Maya Biosphere will allow Guatemalan authorities to identify and combat points of deforestation, forest fires, illegal occupation, and illicit economic activities, like the illegal extraction of natural resources, in an area of more than 21,000 square kilometers. With this order, Guatemala becomes the sixth operator of the Super Tucano in Latin America, along with Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

Twelve 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 environments.

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 operations.

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 and 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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