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Brazil and Portugal sign KC-390 agreement

14th December 2011 - 16:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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An agreement has been signed between Embraer and OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal and Empresa de Engenharia Aeronáutica (EEA), for the KC-390 military airlifter and aerial refuelling jet programme. According to Embraer, the agreement will see Portugal, through EEA, will develop the engineering project for the KC-390’s components, which will be manufactured by Embraer subsidiary OGMA.

The contract signing was preceeded by a Declaration of Intent between the Brazilian and Portuguese Ministries of Defence (MODs) in September 2010, which emphasised Portugal’s commitment to purchasing KC-390 airplanes.

According to Embraer, Portugal’s participation in the KC-390 programme will strengthen the company’s position within the European defence market.

The KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft is a twin turbofan with outstanding operational productivity, the KC-390 has the lowest total life cycle cost and the highest availability in its class.
Capable of being refuelled in flight and also quickly configured as a tanker, the KC-390 uses state-of-the-art avionics, with dual HUD, and a full-featured mission system, including accurate computed air release point (CARP). It is equipped with a complete self-protection system and is fully NVG compatible.

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