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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ecuador to buy Brazilian warplanes

PressTV, Wed, 30 Apr 2008
Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has said that Ecuador would buy 24 warplanes made by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.

"It's a done deal," Jobim told Reuters during a visit to Ecuador's capital Quito when asked if Ecuador had agreed to buy the turboprop Super Tucano planes.

Earlier, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he planned to strengthen country's air force to protect its border with Colombia after the country bombed a leftist rebel camp inside Ecuador.

Jobim did not say how much Ecuador will spend for the planes, but local media speculates it could cost more than $200 million.

"I don't know the price... the purchase details were arranged by the Ecuadorian government and Embraer directly," Jobim concluded.

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