Portugal orders KC-390 transport aircraft from Brazil’s Embraer

12 July 2019

From 2023 Portugal will start receiving five KC-390 air transport planes ordered by the government from Brazilian aeronautical company Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer) to strengthen the capacity of the Portuguese Air Force, the Brazilian company said.

The KC-390 was developed to establish new standards of efficiency and productivity in its category, while also having the lowest cost of the life cycle on the market, according to the statement released in São Paulo.

The aircraft meets the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force as it is able to carry out various military and civilian missions, including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue and forest firefighting, and adds superior cargo and troop launch and cargo capabilities and in-flight refueling.

“The industrial partnership between Portugal and Embraer contributes to the development of Portuguese aeronautical engineering and the aeronautical industry, representing more than 300 million euros in exports per year and thousands of highly skilled jobs,” said Jackson Schneider, the chief executive of Embraer Defesa e Segurança, the defence and security arm of Embraer,

The KC-390 was certified by the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency in 2018 and is in full production, and its entry into service is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019 with the Brazilian Air Force, with more deliveries expected during the year. (Macauhub)