Portugal Has Placed an Order for Five Embraer KC-390 Aaircraft

LISBON, (BM) – Embraer has secured its first export customer for the KC-390 airlifter, with the announcement on 11 July that Portugal has placed a firm order for five aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Jane`s.

The decision by the Portuguese government to sign for the Brazilian-built transport aircraft comes nine years after the country joined the programme as a partner in 2010. At that time, the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa: FAP) said it had a requirement for six KC-390s to replace its ageing Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules airlifters. Embraer did not disclose the status of the final aircraft.

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No contract value was disclosed, though Embraer did note that deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

Portugal is the largest international partner for the KC-390 programme, with the Czech Republic also providing industrial participation. OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal is to build centre fuselage panels, elevators, fairings, and landing gear doors.

With the Portuguese order, Embraer is now under contract to build 35 KC-390 aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) and the FAP. Letters of intent (LoIs) have also been received from Argentina (6), Chile (6), Colombia (12), and the Czech Republic (2).

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The KC-390 has a hold volume of 170 m 3 (including the ramp), and a maximum payload of 23 tonnes (or a concentrated maximum payload of 26 tonnes over the centre of gravity). It has a rough-field capability, giving it the ability to land on California Bearing Ratio (CBR) 4-rated (soft field) surfaces, and company-released performance specifications give the aircraft a maximum cruise speed of 470 kt (870 km/h); a maximum altitude of 36,000 ft; and a range (with 23 tonnes of payload) of 1,380 n miles (2,556 km), or a ferry flight with internal fuel tanks of 4,640 n miles. The range can be extended by in-flight refuelling.

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Source: Jane`s