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Bolivia may purchase Brazilian Super Tucanos

By Ryan Maass
Bolivia may purchase Brazilian Super Tucanos
Bolivia is looking into buying Brazil's Super Tucano aircraft for counter-insurgency missions at the border. Photo by Ministério da Defesa/Flickr

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Defense officials in Bolivia are exploring a potential procurement opportunity for Embraer A029 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil.

If the governments move forward with the buy, the planes will be used for cracking down on illegal activity around the countries' shared border. Brazil's defense ministry says Bolivia formerly expressed interest during a meeting to deepen bilateral relations between the two nations.

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"Bolivia is a country with which we have an excellent relationship. Cooperation is important for the security of borders," Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said in a press release.

The meeting focused on pending trade agreements and border security. Jungmann invited his Bolivian counterpart to meet at the Super Tucano unit facility in São Paulo.

The Embraer A-29 Super Tucano is a light attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency missions. The planes, used by the Brazilian air force, are equipped with a Missile Approach Warning System and tactical communications equipment. It can also be used for training purposes.

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