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US Air Force contracts 20 Brazilian Super Tucano fighters for Afghanistan

Thursday, February 28th 2013 - 23:55 UTC
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The US Air Force has chosen Brazil’s Embraer for a 427 million dollars contract to supply light attack planes to Afghan forces, the company said Thursday, despite competition from an American bid. Read full article


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  • Brasileiro

    London Orchestry, USA music, Airplanes Skyhawk........beautiful

    One person, all world......

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    $ 427 million for 20 planes ?
    So that is $ 21m per plane - for a single-engined turboprop trainer that sounds like an awful lot of money, even if it includes parts and support for the next ...? years.

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 11:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    They cost about 14 million a piece to produce. Apparently the assholes that run my country have nothing better to spend money on.

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2&3 No, this is reasonable. Support for an ally. You can imagine the “negotiations”. “No, you can't have any of our jets. They're too fast for you. These things are much better. Just remember to tell your ”pilots“ that if the thing at the front stops going round, they're crashing”. Meanwhile the U.S. will be making money. Can anyone imagine an Afghan trying to maintain a jet engine? They probably still think a jet engine is magic!

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 02:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Good airplanes, cheap airplanes, good Florida, good New Coast. Florida is the better State in USA!!

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Visit all 50 then make that statement

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    Can we say now that US military power relays on Brazilian technology?

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 08:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    For attacking light infantry with no air support, then why not use this type of plane? It seems really sensible to me.

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 08:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Anyone on the ground knows nothing beats a Worthog.....A10 Thunderbolt.
    Better to the the Stan the Man Brazzie tech than a wort hog.......nothing's too good for the Graveyard Empire!

    Mar 01st, 2013 - 08:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro


    Mar 01st, 2013 - 10:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    No, we can now say that they are equiping them with technology they are capable of operating!

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 07:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    @9 Captain Poppy: I'm not saying this is the best ground attack aircraft on the planet, I am saying it can do the job. When fighting against a few blokes with not much more than towels on their heads and ak47s's maybe they just need something that is armed like an AH-6 but a bit faster.

    And would you really want Afghans in A10's after all the green on blue killings?

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Absolutely not and I agree......that is what I meant by let the stans have the brazzies technology.

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RodrigoPim

    The plane has a Brazillian design, but the electronics, weaponry, devices and so on is all state of the art American built equipment. Therefore, it is not “brazzies” tech only. Also, do not underestimate the Afghans they will be trained to use an improved weapon that is winning the fight against FARC in Colombia. This small plane does exactly what an A10 would do in Afghanistan for a fraction of flight hour cost with 86% availability and much more loiter time. This plane is also excellent for surveillance and training purposes. The Super tucano is not going to fight tank columns and anti-aircraft, that is why it is considered the best 'Light' Air Combat airplane in the world today.

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Best aircrat of its type. if they were looking for a similiar jet, then I would suggest that the Hawk is the bird for them. but that is not what they need, is it?

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    USA are strong, much strong. This is your wrong. The humanity is simple.

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 06:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Any idea what #16 is saying?

    Mar 02nd, 2013 - 07:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15


    Try the above for a real display team !

    Mar 03rd, 2013 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Beautiful. Thanks for this opportunity. Beautiful music too. Fred Mercury, no?

    Mar 08th, 2013 - 10:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I like our topguns myself:

    Mar 09th, 2013 - 01:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Yes it was Freddie Mercury.
    Have a look at this for good fright !

    Mar 09th, 2013 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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