“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
I’ll let the Philosoraptor handle this one:
I bet sugar daddy Soros is a big investor in Embraer. His investment in Petrobra netted BrazilBigOil $20 billion of our money
The contract went to Embraer because the Super Tocano is simply the better aircraft. The AT-6 is an unproven prototype, and an adaptation of a trainer.
The Tocano is a purpose built attack aircraft, and is considered the gold standard in the modern light attack role. It has higher landing gear clearance than the AT-6 (critical for rough field takeoffs and landings), longer endurance, better cockpit visibility, and internal mounts for machine guns (the AT-6 would have to mount guns on external hardpoints). It’s already proven itself in nearly a decade of combat.
I’m skeptical about Beechcraft’s claims on the jobs numbers too. The Air Force is just licensing the design for the Super Tocano from Embraer. Embraer won’t actually be building them. All of the major components (engine, propeller, avionics, ejector seat, etc) are being built in America, and final assembly will be in America as well.
This reeks of Beechcraft whining that they didn’t win, and trying to rile up protectionist sentiment to get their way.
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