Guatemala Buys Fighter Jets for $170 million

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.

Friday, October 12, 2012 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.

The $170 million will be used for the purchase of six EMB 314 Super Tucano aircraft, a logistics package, spare parts, ground equipment and flight supplies and training services and technical support for the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica (EMBRAER), and a command center and control radars including three from Argentina. The Ministry of Defence will be in charge of handling that amount. "

The loan was approved by a national emergency procedure.

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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.

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

Guatemala Buys Air Defense System from Brazil

April 2013

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.

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.

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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