SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil , June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embraer signed a contract today for the sale of two EMBRAER 190 jets to the Brazilian government for transporting official personnel. The aircraft will be configured specifically for this purpose and will be operated by the Special Transportation Group (Grupo de Transporte Especial -- GTE) of the Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira -- FAB), which serves the President of the Republic, ministries, presidential departments, and officials from the legislative and judiciary branches.
"It will be an honor and a source of pride for all of Embraer's employees to see our EMBRAER 190 flying in the colors of the Federal Republic of Brazil ," states Embraer's President and CEO, Frederico Fleury Curado . "We are certain that the attributes that have provided the underpinnings of the success of this aircraft model worldwide -- comfort, safety, performance, advanced technology, and economical operations -- will contribute to the excellence of the GTE's operations as it fulfills its mission within the scope of the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian government."
The aircraft will be configured with special communications systems, providing maximum security levels, as well as a private area for the President, including space for meetings. It will also have capacity for carrying around 40 passengers with a range, from Brasilia , that covers all of South America , thus offering great operational flexibility for its designated missions.
"Embraer is a worldwide benchmark for the aeronautical industry, and the purchase of these new aircraft is in harmony with the objectives of the nation's industrial development policies," said Aeronautics Commander General Juniti Saito.
The FAB already operates other transportation aircraft manufactured by Embraer, like the ERJ 145, Legacy 600, and EMB 120 Brasilia models. Besides these, other members of the military fleet projected and manufactured in Brazil are the AMX, Tucano, Super Tucano, and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) airplanes operated by the Amazon Surveillance System (Sistema de Vigilancia da Amazonia -- SIVAM).
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