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Embraer Makes Pitch for Indian Medium Transport Aircraft Need

Our Bureau - : Aug 29, 2023 - : 6:22 pm

Embraer Defence & Space recently held the Embraer C-390 Millennium Day in New Delhi, India, in an effort to deepen engagement with the aerospace and defence industry in India and provide more information on Embraer’s suite of Defence & Security products and solutions, in particular, the C-390 Millennium. 

Earlier this year, the Indian Air Force issued a Request For Information for a new fleet of Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) aircraft which Embraer has responded to, offering the C-390 Millennium as the platform of choice. 

The C-390 Millennium was on display at AeroIndia in February 2023 where guests toured the modern military tactical transport aircraft. Its multi-mission platform offers incomparable mobility, combining high productivity and operating flexibility with low operating costs, which is an unbeatable combination. 

The C-390 can carry more payload (26 tons) compared to other medium-sized military cargo aircraft and flies faster (470 knots) and farther, being capable of performing a wide range of missions such as transporting and dropping cargo and troops, medical evacuation, search and rescue, firefighting, and humanitarian missions, operating on temporary or unpaved runways such as packed earth, soil and gravel.

In its refueling version, the aircraft has already proven its aerial refueling capacity, as well as an aircraft receiving fuel from another KC-390 using pods installed under the wings. It is the only aircraft in the world in the segment to carry out such an operation. 

Since entering operation with FAB in 2019, the C-390 has proven its capacity, reliability, and performance.

The current fleet of six aircraft, all in the aerial refuelling version, designated KC-390, has already accumulated more than 9,500 flight hours.

Recent figures show an operational availability of around 80 percent, with a mission completion rate above 99 percent, demonstrating exceptional productivity in the category.

The C-390 Millennium has orders from Portugal and Hungary, both NATO member countries. The Netherlands, also a member of NATO, selected the C-390 Millennium in 2022. 

Embraer has an established presence in India with around 40 aircraft, across the fields of defence, commercial aviation and executive aviation. 

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. 


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