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Portugal signs contract for five KC-390 aircraft

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023

The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed yesterday, at a ceremony held at industry's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.  

The aircraft fully meets the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, being able to perform different types of military and civilian missions (humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and firefighting, superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery and aerial refuelling capabilities).  

Portugal is one of the largest international partner of the KC-390 program and its participation in the development and production of the airplane is recognized as having had a positive economic impact in the generation of jobs, new investments, increased exports and technological advances.  The aircraft has 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.

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