Embraer has reached an agreement with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) related to the contractual discussion regarding the order for the multi-mission aircraft KC-390, the company writes in a press release. The total number of aircraft to be contracted by the FAB will be reduced from 28 to 22 units, with deliveries scheduled until 2034. The new production rates are aligned with the FAB’s budget conditions while allowing Embraer long-term planning with its suppliers.
The benefits of the KC-390 programme are not restrained to the operational gains for the national defence system, but also represent an incremental increase of high value-added products exports, collaborating with Brazil’s trade balance, Embraer emphasises. The aircraft has already been ordered by Portugal and Hungary, two NATO nations. According to the company, the KC-390 can accomplish a wide array of missions, including:
- humanitarian support
- medical evacuation
- Search & Rescue
- transporting of cargo and troops
- aerial refuelling
It has been reported that the aircraft was successfully employed in FAB humanitarian missions in Brazil during the fight against Covid-19. This is in addition to missions abroad, such as supporting victims in Lebanon and Haiti.