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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 116-13
February 27, 2013

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Call with Brazilian Minister of Defense Celso Amorim

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            “Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter called Brazilian Minister of Defense Celso Amorim this evening to inform the Brazilian government about the decision made by the U.S. Air Force to award Sierra Nevada/Embraer a $427 million contract to provide light air support aircraft and associated maintenance and training for the Afghan Air Force.  Under this contract, 20 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014 to conduct advanced flight training, surveillance, close air support and air interdiction missions. 

            “This platform is critical to providing enabling support to the Afghan National Security Forces as part of United States enduring support to Afghanistan following the completion of the ISAF mission at the end of 2014.  Minister Amorim also extended his best wishes to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on his first day in office.  The two leaders noted they look forward to scheduling the next U.S. - Brazil Defense Cooperation Dialogue and continuing defense cooperation between the United States and Brazil.”