Embraer set to plant manufacturing flag on US soil
It was November 2006, and Embraer needed some assurance. Ten months earlier, the U.S. Army had terminated a contract to convert 38 ERJ-145 jets into surveillance aircraft due to technical issues that were outside Embraer's control. Calling on former Chief Executive Mauricio Botelho in Rio de Janeiro, Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him that Embraer would get another chance for a U.S. defense contract in 2007.
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