Paraguay plans to buy six Embraer Super Tucano aircraft

Paraguay buy Embraer Super Tucano
Brazilian Air Force Super Tucano aircraft.

Paraguay has signed a letter of intent to purchase six new Embraer Super Tucano aircraft, as confirmed by President Santiago Peña on May 2, 2024 (see our preview from three years ago). The deal amount is expected to be $100 million and will be financed by the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico and Social (Brazilian Development Bank). The package also includes a simulator and pilot and technician training.

The fleet of the Paraguayan Air Force has always included aircraft made in Brazil such as the Embraer EMB-326 Xavante, decommissioned years ago and the Embraer EMB-312 Tucano, still in service. The negotiation also included a modernization package for the six Tucanos, however this work will be contracted directly to the Brazilian Air Force as it is cheaper than the Embraer offer.

The signing of the LOI comes just weeks after Embraer demonstrated an EMB-314E Super Tucano in Paraguay. The nation has long targeted the Brazilian manufacturer's aircraft in order to modernize the fleet of the Paraguayan Air Force. It will be crucial to safeguard national airspace, especially to intercept aircraft carrying illicit substances. In addition to air defense, the aircraft is capable of carrying out light attack and counter-insurgency missions.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Brazilian Air Force

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