Portugal has purchased five KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft, support and services and flight simulator from Brazilian aeronautical company Embraer, and the respective contract was signed on Thursday in Évora, at the company’s facilities.
The purchase, costing 917 million euros, is part of the process of modernising the capacity of the Portuguese Air Force to support the operations of the Portuguese Armed Forces and to increase readiness for public interest missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2023.
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 refuelling.
Portugal is the main international partner of the KC-390 Programme and its participation in aircraft development and production is recognised as having had a positive economic impact on job creation, new investments, increased exports and technological advances.
The KC-390 received the Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in 2018 and is in full production, with entry into service scheduled for the third quarter of 2019 in the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and more deliveries expected throughout the year. (Macauhub)