There is tremendous news for the American/NATO war effort in Afghanistan. With the selection of the Super Tucano, the Afghan Army Air Force can now begin to develop a combat capable air fleet for the Afghan Air Force.
Just before the New Year, the U.S. Air Force finally selected a new Light Air Support plane for ground attack in counterinsurgency, picking the Brazilian Super Tucano over the American AT-6– whose manufacturer, Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft, is filing suit over the decision.
Florida Gov. Scott commends teamwork that resulted in Embraer contract $355 million aircraft manufacturing deal set to boost Jacksonville economy
On the heels of a $355 million aircraft manufacturing contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force to Jacksonville-based Embraer and partner companies, Governor Rick Scott commended the team effort by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Senator Bill Nelson, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other Florida officials, including members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, who all played key roles in landing the contract for Florida.
Two months ago, Mayor Alvin Brown joined Governor Rick Scott on an economic development trip to Brazil, met with top executives from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, and urged them to make Jacksonville a hub for their assembly of the Super Tucano light attack aircraft.
Embraer in Florida has been recently recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work for” by Florida Trend Magazine, ranking 28th in the Large Company Category. Read the whole story here. ###
According to the same source, the drill is a “prelude to the acquisition by the Mauritanian air force of Brazilian Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano aircraft, which are the best-performing model in this category”. Full story no longer available. ###
By Dicky Christanto, The Jakarta Post July 2, 2011 Indonesian Air Force spokesman First Marshal Bambang Samoedro says the force will receive the first four Super Tocano aircraft in March next year as part of the realization of early plans to purchase a squadron of 16 Super Tocano warplanes. Full story no longer available. ###
June 1, 2011 Read the whole letter to the American Legislative Exchange Council here. ###
May 26, 2011 ###
By Stephen Trimble May 17, 2011 10:50 AM The AT-6 may be an “American plane”, but Hawker Beechcraft is not truly an American company. Hawker, of course, is a brand invented in the UK, which migrated across the Atlantic in the early 1980s when British Aerospace sold its business jet division to Beechcraft. That business…