The Portuguese Government has signed an order
with Embraer for five multi-mission KC-390 airlifters.
support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as
part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force
Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.
The KC-390 is designed to perform
different types of military and civilian missions including
humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue,
firefighting, superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery
and aerial refueling.
“This is the highest achievement of a careful
selection process that makes us proud, representing the entry of
the KC-390 into the international market. The KC-390 will meet
Portugal's operational needs, ensuring the ability to integrate
with allied nations for decades to come,” said Jackson Schneider,
President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. "This contract
strengthens the industrial partnership between Portugal and
Embraer, contributing to the development of the engineering and
aeronautics industry in Portugal."
The KC-390 received its Civil Certification
from the Brazilian National Aviation Agency (ANAC) in 2018 and is
now in full serial production.
Entry into service is expected to
occur in the 3rd quarter of 2019 with the Brazilian Air Force
(FAB), with follow-on deliveries to occur throughout the year.
Portugal is the largest international partner of
the KC-390 program.