Uruguay Buys Six Embraer Super Tucano Aircraft For $100 Million


(MENAFN- The Rio Times) Uruguay's Defense Minister, Armando Castaingdebat, confirmed the government's purchase of six Embraer 314 Super Tucano aircraft.

The deal, valued at $100 million, will be financed over 10 to 15 years. These aircraft will enhance Uruguay's air capabilities, which is crucial given the nation's limited combat aircraft.

Currently, Uruguay has only one or two Cessna A-37B Dragonfly planes in service.

These planes are part of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, and the country lacks a dedicated attack squadron since retiring the FMA IA-58 Pucará aircraft.

Additionally, the government plans to acquire new air surveillance radars. This upgrade aims to secure Uruguay's borders, which are vulnerable to illegal trafficking by land, air, and sea.



The Super Tucano deal signifies a move to bolster Uruguay's air force , which currently relies on five Pilatus PC-7U Turbo Trainers for advanced training.

The purchase, expected to finalize in the coming weeks, represents a significant step in establishing a robust aerial defense system.
Strategic Military Acquisitions
Beyond the Super Tucano purchase, Uruguay's defense strategy includes several other acquisitions. The Air Force will soon receive an Embraer 120 Brasilia.

This aircraft, bought from a company in the Turks and Caicos Islands, will undergo modifications for medical evacuation.

Moreover, the Spanish shipyard Cardama is set to present guarantees this week. This will complete the process of building offshore patrol vessels (OPVs ).

The Navy expects a new hydrographic vessel between August and September.

Additionally, a Chamsuri-class patrol boat, donated by South Korea, is en route to Uruguay. The Navy is also considering options to replace its outdated coastal radar network.

For the Army, Castaingdebat highlighted the receipt of Osprea Mamba Mk7 MRAP vehicles, donated by the United States.

The Army is also in the process of acquiring around 100 tactical 4x4 all-terrain vehicles. These acquisitions underscore Uruguay's efforts to modernize its military capabilities.

The upgrades aim to enhance national security and address the diverse challenges posed by illegal activities and outdated equipment.

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The Rio Times

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