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Portugal signs KC-390 contract with Embraer

27 August 2019
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Portugal signed a contract with Embraer for five KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft on 22 August. Source: Embraer

Portugal signed a contract worth approximately USD920 million with Embraer for five KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft, a full flight simulator, aircraft maintenance, and 12 years of logistics support on 22 August, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) and the Brazilian aerospace company announced the same day.

Delivery of the aircraft will take place between 2023 and 2027, the MND told Jane's.

The package includes a wide range of ground-support equipment, an air-to-air refuelling system, firefighting kit, a medical evacuation (medevac) system, an electronic warfare (EW) and countermeasures systems, aircraft and engine maintenance, training equipment, mission support systems, and administrative costs.

Elbit Systems announced on 25 August that it had been selected by the Portuguese MND to supply a complete EW suite for the KC-390, comprised of radar and laser warning, infrared missile warning, countermeasures dispensing, directional IR countermeasures, and active electronic countermeasures systems.

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