Embraer shares rise on U.S. Air Force contract

SAO PAULO Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:16am EST

A Polish airline LOT airplane Embraer 170 taxis on the runway at Chopin airport in Warsaw, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A Polish airline LOT airplane Embraer 170 taxis on the runway at Chopin airport in Warsaw, December 6, 2012.

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Shares of Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) rose more than 2 percent in early Thursday trading after the company won a U.S. Air Force contract late on Wednesday to supply 20 light attack planes for counterinsurgency missions in Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Brad Haynes; editing by John Wallace)

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