Brazilian, Nevada Companies Win US Defense Deal

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian planemaker Embraer says it will sell 20 of its A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes to the U.S. Air Force for use in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The announcement comes in a joint statement by Embraer SA and its partner, Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nevada. They say the $355 million contract includes ground training devices and maintenance equipment.

Embraer says the planes built for counterinsurgency missions, will be used for advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support operations.

Sierra Nevada’s announcement says the planes are to be built in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. of Wichita, Kansas, is suing the U.S. government over its exclusion from the competition for the contract.

Source: Associated Press