I've read the deal to purchase Super Tucanos is off.
Something to do with a dispute between Brazil and Ecuador over a joint dam project.
The diplomatic crisis between Brazil and Ecuador erupted at the beginning of October 2008, when Ecuador's President Correa, without any prior warning, expelled the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht from the country. The company was building—with funding from the BNDES (National Economic and Social Development Bank of Brazil)—a hydroelectric dam in the area of San Francisco. The project cost almost $200 million and furnished 12 percent of Ecuador's energy. The San Francisco hydroelectric dam was inaugurated in November 2007, but just seven months later it had to shut down operations, due to structural defects.
Relations between Brazil and Ecuador deteriorated further when, on November 20, Correa indicated that he was moving to suspend the payment of debts to Brazil that he considered “illegal and illegitimate,” and was appealing to the international courts for arbitration. Going further, the Ecuadorean president threatened to nationalize the oil fields that are being explored by the Brazilian national energy company, Petrobras.
Because of all of this there were rumors the deal for the Super Tucanos was cancelled however the order has been confirmed for 24 planes that will be delivered in 2010.
Ecuador's Foreign Ministry formally notified the U.S. Embassy that it will not renew an agreement allowing the U.S. military to operate anti-drug surveillance flights from its Manta air base. The United States and Ecuador signed the 10-year agreement in November 1999.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that U.S. military personnel will have to leave the base once the agreement expires on November 12, 2009. Some 300 U.S. soldiers are stationed at the Pacific base. President Rafael Correa has repeatedly said that the agreement would not be renewed.
US Ambassador Brownfield in Colombia is in negotiations with the Uribe administration about the relocation of the base. Colombia and the US will sign a new security cooperation agreement in March. Both parties have said that the Manta Base will not "officially" be relocated to Colombia but under the agreement it looks like most operations would be transferred to Colombia.
The Day of the Army is in the same date as the commemoration of the Battle of Tarqui. The battle took place on February 1829 during the Gran Colombia-Peru War, when 4,000 troops from Gran Colombia (Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela) led by Marshal Sucre seized victory from 8,000 Peruvians. The commemoration of the battle is marked every year, on 27th February. The victory strengthen Simon Bolivar's government.
Chile sold 30 Leopard 1 tanks to Ecuador, the latest arms export to its South American partner. Each tank went for about $500,000, according to Strategypage.com. Chile is selling or retiring more than 200 Leopard 1s as it incorporates the more-capable Leopard 2 tanks into its armor batallions.
The two countries have forged a growing military alliance, in which Chile has found a customer for surplus equipment and technology. Chile sold two used frigates to Ecuador's navy last year and is upgrading two of its submarines.
Although well-worn, the Leopard 1 gives Ecuador a true main battle tank. It's a significant upgrade over the French-built AMX-13 light tank. The Leopard 1's 105 mm gun is equipped with an aim-stabilization system that keeps the gun locked on target even as the tank moves. Chile's Leopards were fitted with night-vision equipment and additional armor. Ecuador will also receive 3 ERC 90 Sagaie from France and 3 BTR-3U from Ukraine.
Here are some more pics of the AMX-13 and the AMX-VCIs