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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Portugal Orders Five Multi-Mission Embraer KC-390 Airlifters

The Portuguese Government has signed an order with Embraer for five multi-mission KC-390 airlifters.

Services, support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities.

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.

Embraer KC-390. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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.

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