Peru is interested in buying ten Super Tucano light attack planes to patrol its Amazonian borders, the Brazilian defense minister said on February 14, opening a new market for the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer in Latin America. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Celso Amorim following a meeting in Brasilia with his Peruvian counterpart Alberto Otarola to discuss both nations’ efforts to patrol their porous Amazonian borders. “It’s been the subject of talks for some time now (…) It’s in that context that we’re also working with the possibility that ten planes could be present in that sphere,” Amorim told reporters in Brasilia. “It’s not only a matter of a sale, but also an industrial-cooperation agreement with technology transfer,” Amorim told reporters. Otarola did not specify the number of Super Tucanos, but he acknowledged the existence of negotiations with Embraer, the headquarters of which, on the outskirts of São Paulo, he planned to visit. “We hope that these discussions reach a good conclusion,” he said. The sale of ten planes would come to around 150 million dollars, according to a Brazilian government source. More than 60 of the multi-purpose turboprop planes have been acquired by the Armed Forces of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic up to now. Embraer recently said that there was a market in Latin America for another 50 planes. Amorim said that Peru is also interested in buying the Guarani armored vehicle and Embraer’s future KC-390 Brazilian military transport, which will debut in late 2016. Planes like the Super Tucano are ensuring modest profits this year for Embraer, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of commercial planes, which has seen stability in its markets for regional and executive jets. By Dialogo February 16, 2012
Osgood, In.— The Ripley County Community Foundation recently distributed about $8,000 to local organizations through the Ray Herman & Louise Herman-Crum Memorial Endowment Fund and the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund. Both funds are directed to improving the quality of life for Osgood area residents.The Foundation distributed $2,950 total from the Herman-Crum Fund. The Osgood Lions Club received $950 for fundraising equipment, mulch, flowers, and flags for the fairgrounds, $1,000 to the Ripley County Food Pantry for food, and $1,000 to Osgood Beautification and Main Street Department to purchase seasonal banners.Another $5,000 from the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund was distributed as follows: $735 to Osgood Public Library to support the summer reading program, $1,815 to Child Evangelism Fellowship for counselor training, $50 to Osgood Lions Club for flowers and mulch, and $1,800 to the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation for the “Positive Behavior Intervention Program.”More information is online at rccfonline.org/.