Luso-Australian partnership buys KC-390 aircraft from Brazil’s Embraer

6 February 2018

Aviation services company SkyTech has signed a letter of intent with Embraer Defesa & Segurança to purchase up to six KC-390 transport aircraft, Embraer said on Tuesday.

The aircraft are intended for various defence projects and both companies have also agreed to consider a potential strategic collaboration to explore new business opportunities in the areas of training and services.

SkyTech is the result of a partnership between two companies with extensive experience in defence services: HiFly, of Portugal, which supplies aircraft, crews, maintenance and insurance (ACMI), and Australia’s Adagold Aviation, which specialises in services aviation and charter flights.

The KC-390 is a tactical transport aircraft developed to set new standards in its category, offering the lowest life cycle cost on the market, and is an aircraft capable of performing several missions, such as cargo transport, troop or parachute launches, aerial refueling, search and rescue, aerial medical evacuation and firefighting, as well as support for humanitarian missions.

The aircraft can carry up to 26 tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 kilometres per hour), and operate in harsh environments, including takeoff from unprepared or damaged runways.

Embraer operates in the commercial, executive, defence and security and agricultural aviation segments, having produced more than 8,000 aircraft since it was founded in 1969. (macauhub)