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Embraer C-390 triumphs in South Korea's transport aircraft competition

5th December 2023 - 17:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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South Korea has set aside a total of US$568 million for 3-4 airlifters. (Photo: Embraer)

Embraer's C-390 Millennium has secured a contract with South Korea, outperforming industry rivals such as Lockheed Martin and Airbus, marking a pivotal moment as the nation is set to become the first C-390 customer in Asia.

Embraer’s C-390 Millenium aircraft has beaten the Airbus A400M and the Lockheed Martin C-130J transport aircraft in South Korea’s Large Transport Aircraft (LTA) II competition, making the country the first C-390 customer in Asia.

The winner was announced during the 157th Defense Acquisition Programme Committee meeting on 4 December, according to the South Korean Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA). South Korea will receive C-390 Millennium aircraft specially configured to meet the Republic of Korean Air Force's (ROKAF) requirements.

DAPA and Embraer did not reveal the quantity of aircraft South Korea will receive as part of the deal, but the East Asian country

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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