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Embraer, Mahindra Collaborate on C-390 Millennium Aircraft

Our Bureau - : Feb 10, 2024 - : 1:19 am

Embraer Defense & Security and Mahindra announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday (Feb. 9), aiming to collaborate on the C-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft bid for the Indian Air Force’s Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) procurement project.

“We are honored to announce this MoU with Mahindra. India has a diverse and strong defense and aerospace industry and we have chosen Mahindra as our partner to jointly pursue the MTA program” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security.

“India is a key market for Embraer and we fully support India’s ambitions for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. We see this partnership as a symbol of strengthening relations between Brazil and India and a way to foster Global South cooperation.”

Embraer and Mahindra will work with the Indian Air Force to determine the next steps of the MTA program and engage with the local aerospace industry in India to develop an industrialization plan for the project.

“We are proud to start this partnership with Embraer, a company that is known for its engineering excellence and a unique portfolio of aircraft and systems,” said Vinod Sahay, President Aerospace & Defence Sector and Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra.

“The C-390 Millennium is the most advanced military airlifter in the market, and we believe that this partnership will not only bolster the operational prowess of the Indian Air Force but also provide an efficient industrialization solution that aligns seamlessly with the objectives of Make in India.”

The MoU was signed by Embraer Defense & Security and Mahindra Defence Systems, a 100% owned subsidiary of Mahindra, specializing in armored transport and security-related products, including electronics.

The Brazilian aerospace and defense company has a well-established presence in India across defense, commercial aviation, and executive aviation. In August 2023, Embraer hosted a C-390 Millennium Day in New Delhi, India, to deepen engagement with the local aerospace industry, which saw significant attendance from the Indian ecosystem.

Since its introduction with the Brazilian Air Force in 2019, the C-390 Millennium has been selected by Portugal, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, and most recently, South Korea.


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