Embraer Defense & Security will convert the Super Tucanos of the Smoke Squadron

Apr 10, 2013, 16:13 ET from Embraer S.A.

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Embraer Defense & Security and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed a contract, today, at LAAD Defence & Security, for providing aeronautical services—engineering, design, painting, modification, and reconfiguration, among others—for adapting and putting into operation 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, from among those belonging to the Aeronautics Command, for use by the Aerial Demonstration Squadron, also known as the "Smoke Squadron" ("Esquadrilha da Fumaca"). This contract, in the amount of R$ 16 million, includes an aeronautics service package totaling R$ 10.1 million, and the option of providing ground support equipment and additional services, coming to R$ 5.9 million.

"We are honored to be a part of this historical moment of the FAB", said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Senior Vice President, Operations, and COO of Embraer Defense & Security. "The addition of a modern aircraft, like the A-29 Super Tucano, to the operations of the Smoke Squadron, will contribute significantly to the FAB being able to continue fulfilling its mission of demonstrating its professionalism and of awakening a calling for aviation in Brazilian young people."

"The A-29 Super Tucano flying in the livery of the Smoke Squadron is a source of great pride for the FAB, because it represents a unique opportunity for demonstrating, worldwide, a product that was conceived in conjunction with the Brazilian aeronautics industry, as well as its striking technology," said Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier Helio Paes de Barros Junior, FAB Commander-General of Support. "The Super Tucano will bring power and robust action to the Squadron's demonstrations."

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