Guatemala Buys Air Defense System from Brazil

Embraer announced the sale to the Central American country of 6 Super Tucano fighter planes, plus 3 primary radars and a command control system, at an estimated cost of more than $170 million.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Although the Brazilian company did not disclose the amount paid by Guatemala, estimates made at the beginning of purchase negotiations last summer point to a minimum of $170 million as the amount of the contract, which includes logistical operational support and training for pilots and mechanics.

As reported by the Brazilian company, "the monitoring system of the Maya Biosphere allows Guatemalan authorities to identify and control points of deforestation, forest fires, illegal occupation and illegal economic activities, such as illegally extracting natural resources over an area of ​​more of 21,000 square kilometers. "

Beyond the seller's communication, the government of Guatemala had already flagged the need for a surveillance system that would allows control of its airspace, often used by drug traffickers.

With this operation, Guatemala has become the sixth operator of A-29 Super Tucanos in Latin America, joining Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.

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Guatemala Cancels Brazilian Aircraft Purchase

August 2013

The suspension has been ordered of a $133 million disbursement for the purchase of six Super Tucano airplanes which were to be used to control of the country's airspace.

From a press release published in Diario de Centro América:

"We have doubts about whether the six Super Tucanos are overvalued.

Guatemala Buys Fighter Jets for $170 million

October 2012

The Guatemalan Congress has approved borrowing from banks in Brazil and Argentina for the purchase of six Super Tucano aircraft and a tactical air control center. reports that the preamble refers to the need to monitor areas like Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Petén, to weaken the activities of organized criminals and drug traffickers in these regions under project entitled ‘Construction of a System for Monitoring and Protection of the Mayan Biosphere.

El Salvador Negotiates Fighter Jets

November 2010

The Government is negotiating with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer a $ 100 million aircraft purchase.

While there is no exact number, an estimated 10 EMB-314 Super Tucano would be purchased.

Asked by El Mundo, Walter Guzman, president of the Legislative Defense Committee, stated "It is a fact that we are going to purchase."

Combat Aircraft and Radars for $99 Million

June 2009

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

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.

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