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Portuguese Air Force receives the Embraer KC-390 aircraft

Portuguese Air Force receives the Embraer KC-390 aircraft - portugal news
Portuguese Air Force receives the Embraer KC-390 aircraft - Portugal Business News

Portugal news – The Portuguese Air Force is receiving the second out of 5 Embraer KC-390 aircraft that represent an investment of 827 million euros.


The Embraer KC-390 aircraft have components produced in Portugal in the former Embraer factories in Évora and in OGMA, Alverca do Ribatejo, and their design involved the investment of 650,000 hours of Portuguese engineering work developed by CEiiA.


Portugal’s new Embraer KC-390 aircraft will replace its C-130 Hercules aircraft and will be operated by Squadron 506 "Rhinos" that is based at Air Base No. 11, in Beja. The deal also includes aircraft maintenance for the first 12 years of life and the acquisition of a flight simulator.


The new KC-390 also have NATO standard equipment, integrated after an extensive test campaign carried out in Portugal, and has already been approved by the National Aeronautical Authority (AAN).


Portugal’s new Embraer KC-390 is a multi-task aircraft, with intercontinental range, that is capable of carrying out operations such as transporting troops, vehicles and palletized cargo, dropping paratroopers and cargo, air medical transport, search and rescue missions, aerial refueling and fighting forest fires. The Embraer KC-390 aircraft is endowed with true multi-mission capabilities, thus fulfilling the requirements for participation in military operations that may arise from the alliances with Portugal, namely the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


The cooperation with Embraer will strengthen Portugal’s relations with Brazil and will develop the Portuguese aeronautical cluster as an important component of the national economy.

See the video of Portugal's Embraer KC-390 aircraft:


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