Bolsonaro says Colombia wants more Super Tucanos

Colombian President Iván Duque, however, did not confirm his intention to renew the Air Force fleet with Embraer aircraft

At a meeting held in Brasilia on Tuesday with Colombian President Iván Duque, Jair Bolsonaro stated that Colombia is interested in acquiring more Embraer Super Tucano aircraft.

“The president expressed his interest in renewing his fleet of aircraft and training, especially for the Super Tucano family,” said the Brazilian president after the meeting.

The Colombian representative, however, did not comment on the matter in his statements following the conversation. Instead, Duque told Colombian journalists that he had signed a cooperation agreement in the aviation sector. The intention is for Colombian companies to be part of Embraer’s aircraft production chain in the future.

KC-390 (Embraer)

Interest in C-390

The Colombian Air Force is already a traditional Embraer customer. The training division has operated 14 EMB-312 Tucano aircraft for several years while the country has a fleet of 24 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, delivered in 2008.

In 2020, however, Colombia acquired eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II advanced training aircraft, which have already started to be delivered. The agreement had the financial support of the US government and has the option for eight more turboprops.

Another possible common interest between the two countries is the C-390 airlifter. In 2010, Colombia even signed an agreement to purchase 12 military transport aircraft from Embraer, but so far a contract has not been formalized.