In April, Embraer and AgustaWestland dropped plans to create a joint venture to produce helicopters in Brazil. “We had a memorandum of understanding, but we could not come to terms on fundamental points. It was very peaceful; we agreed to disagree,” he says.
But “the business opportunity is still there” to produce helicopters in Brazil, Curado says. “Our willingness to somehow find a way to be part of that is still here. It will be a question of whether we can put together a strategy to seize that opportunity.”
While losing U.S. bidder Beechcraft continues to press for political action to curtail Embraer’s contract to supply A-29 Super Tucano light-support aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for the Afghans, Curado says he is “not worried” and Embraer is focused on executing the program and delivering the aircraft.
“We know we have a customer, a commitment, a very tight schedule and a big responsibility,” he says. “The U.S. Air Force has visited us in the U.S and it is clear to us that the aircraft is an integral part of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.”