“This selection confirms that the A-29 Super is the most effective aircraft for light air support. We are ready to start working, and we feel honored to be able to support the U.S. government and their partners with the best cost-benefit solution,” Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security, said in a statement. This contract between the United States and Embraer could influence Brazil’s decision to purchase 36 fighters, a contract valued at $5 billion dollars being contested by the F/A 18 Super Hornet from U.S. firm Boeing, the Rafaele from France’s Dassault, and the Gripen NG from Swedish firm Saab. The aircraft will be built in Jacksonville, Florida, in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation, and it will be used for advanced airborne training, air reconnaissance, and tactic air support missions, Embraer stated. However, its U.S. rival Hawker Beechcraft complained of alleged irregularities, so the bid was voided. By Dialogo March 01, 2013 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced on February 27 that it has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to supply 20 Super Tucano A-29s that will be used in Afghanistan, for 427 million dollars. The AT-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed to perform light attacks, counter insurgency, close air support, air reconnaissance missions in low conflict environments, as well as advance pilot training. The consortium Embraer-Sierra Nevada Corporation had already won the public contract in 2011 to equip the Afghan Air Force with 20 Super Tucano aircraft due to the NATO troops’ withdrawal. Later, the U.S. Air Force announced that they would call for a new bid. Super Tucano is much better than its U.S. equivalent. The best has won.