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Embraer sells Guatemala six planes to fight drugs

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Brazilian planemaker Embraer has sold six Super Tucano light attack planes to Guatemala to bolster its fight against drug trafficking, according to a senior executive.

The Central American country has turned to the same turboprop aircraft that Colombia used in its battle against the FARC's guerrilla forces, Embraer's defense chief Luiz Carlos Aguiar said in an interview ahead of the LAAD defense industry show that starts on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

Like neighboring Mexico, Guatemala has suffered the violence of drug cartels that ship cocaine to the United States, giving the country one of the world's highest murder rates.

Source: Reuters