SÃO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS, Brazil --- Embraer delivered the 25th Super Tucano turboprop to the Colombian Air Force (FAC), today, in a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The event marked the conclusion of the deliveres that began in December 2006 to the aircraft’s first foreign customer.
The Super Tucano went into operation with the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB), in December 2003, for pilot training and for operational missions.
Two years later, Embraer signed a contract with the Colombian Air Force for 25 airplanes. The agreement included an advanced training system and operational support, with TOSS (Training and Operation Support System) ground stations, and was the first export of this aircraft.
The Super Tucano is an innovative evolution of the successful Tucano, around 650 of which are in service with 15 Air Forces, worldwide.
This multi-purpose, single-engine, tandem-seat military turboprop provides training and mission effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. The aircraft offers high-tech solutions, from basic to advanced training and weapon familiarization, with flight simulation.
The airplane also presents excellent operational features that are necessary for successfully supporting counter-insurgency (COIN) missions.
The manufacturing process of the Super Tucano, which is in operation with the Brazilian and Colombian Air Forces, moves firmly ahead on a very active and flexible production line, in demonstration of Embraer’s efforts to meet the needs of customers and deliver aircraft within shorter time periods.
In terms of logistical support – a very important element for an aircraft’s operational life cycle – Embraer has a broad-based, efficient and reliable service system available throughout the world on five continents.
Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On June 30, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,855 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 20.7 billion.