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What is the new NATO aircraft to be built in Portugal?

Portugal news - What is the new NATO aircraft to be built in Portugal? Brazil’s Defence Minister just announced a partnership between Embraer, that is Brazil’s aerospace manufacturer that is also the world’s 3rd largest producer of civil aircraft, and OGMA, that is a Portuguese aerospace manufacturer. The agreement is for producing standard NATO aircraft in Portugal, according to a Reuters report.

It is to be noted that Embraer holds 65% of OGMA’s capital and has just launched its A-29N Super Tucano under NATO’s operational requirements. The A-29 has been selected by more than 15 air-forces worldwide and, since Embraer is now focusing on the EU market, the aircraft needs to be built in Europe in order to meet NATO’s requirements for selling them to European countries.

Brazil’s President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is now in Portugal as part of his European tour and he is accompanied by Defence Minister Jose Mucio. The Brazilian delegation is visiting OGMA's headquarters, located in the Alverca Aeronautical Park north-east of Lisbon, this Monday.

Portugal is buying five of Embraer's KC-390 military transport aircraft and a flight simulator for EUR 827 million. Other European countries that are also buying the military cargo aircraft are Sweden and Austria.


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