Combat Aircraft and Radars for $99 Million

Brazil gave Guatemala a 12-year loan for the purchase of six Super Tucano Embraer aircraft and radars from Taiwan.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Brazilian Export Bank confirmed the loan during the Brazilian President’s visit to Guatemala.

The credit will be applied toward the purchase of an aerial surveillance system and aerial interception in which the fighters are linked to a radar and satellite information system to help combat drug trafficking.

Ricardo Quinto, in a Prensalibre.com article, noted that Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom "insisted that the purchase of aircraft is not the only important part of the plan. What is important is the geographic cadastral information system and airspace control. The Tucano aircraft are about 20% of the cost of the entire project."



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Honduras seeks aerial surveillance system

October 2013

The National Council for Defence and Security plans to spend $30 million on three radars to detect aircraft entering the country illegally.

The equipment will be acquired through a loan with a ten year payment plan which is expected to arrive in the country later this year, and will be used to combat drug trafficking activities, said René Osorio, head of the Joint Chiefs of the Armed Forces.

Guatemalan Private Sector Rejects Loans for Aircraft

September 2011

Representatives from chambers of commerce and from the Monetary Board have rejected contracts for 2 loans for $166 million for the purchase of aircraft.

Applications for loans of $133 million to the National Bank of Economic and Social Development of Brazil (BNDES) for the purchase of 6 Embraer aircraft and $33 million for the purchase of radars with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) of Spain are intended to finance a project submitted by the Ministry of Defense.

Honduras Considers Fighter Plane Purchase

June 2011

The country is looking at buying Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano planes to use in the battle against drug trafficking.

President Porfirio Lobo met with the head of the International Security Cabinet of Brazil, José Elito Siqueriam to discuss the issue.

Digital Process reported, "During the meeting they also discussed the commitment of President Rousseff ‘s government’s to collaborate with the Lobo Sosa administration in logistical support and training the police to combat crime and criminality. "

Lula to Visit El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica

May 2009

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva will be on tour in the three Central American countries between June 1 and 3.

The Brazilian president will be in El Salvador on the first of June for the presidential inauguration of Mauricio Funes.

An article in Laprensagrafica.com reported that "the Brazilian president will participate in all official ceremonies and even share a lunch with the other leaders."

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