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A UK exporter has completed a US$17mn safety contract for 76 Brazilian Air Force planes which will be used to mount surveillance flights over the Amazon Basin to help stamp out illegal logging and drug trafficking.
The multi-million dollar contract is backed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD).

British exporter Martin-Baker Aircraft successfully completed the contract to supply ejection seats and associated safety equipment for the AL-X Super Tucano aircraft which have been developed and built by Embraer of Brazil.

The Brazilian Air Force paid Martin-Baker for the work from a bank loan provided by Deutsche Bank AG London and guaranteed by ECGD. ECGD support was instrumental in helping the Middlesex-based specialist engineering company win the contract in 2001.

This contract is part of the Brazilian government’s Amazon Surveillance System which it launched in the 1990s to monitor and report on the variety of activities that were harming the rainforest.

ECGD is open for all types of cover for Brazil: cash, credit and overseas investment insurance.