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Government orders multi-mission Airlift KC-390 for Portuguese Air Force

portugalThe Portuguese Government announced, on July 12, a firm order of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390 as part of the process to modernise Portuguese Air Force capacities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

The KC-390 can perform different types of military and civilian missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue and firefighting, while fully meeting the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, adding new superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery and aerial refueling capabilities.

“Today is a historic day for the KC-390 Programme and I want to thank those who have contributed to the project. This is a very important step to consolidate the aircraft which we believe will become another success for Embraer. The Portuguese KC-390 will meet new interoperability requirements, in the areas of secure navigation, data and voice transmission that will allow the KC-390 to integrate joint operations in multinational alliances in which Portugal is integrated. These requirements, developed in partnership with the Portuguese Air Force, will enable the KC-390 to meet the needs of many other nations around the world.” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

“The industrial partnership between Portugal and Embraer contributes to the development of engineering and the Portuguese aeronautics industry, representing more than €300 million in exports each year and thousands of highly skilled jobs.”

Portugal is the largest international partner of the KC-390 Programme and its participation in the development and production of the aircraft is recognised as having had a positive economic impact in the generation of jobs, new investments, increased exports and technological advances.

The KC-390 received its Civil Certification from the Brazilian National Aviation Agency (ANAC) in 2018 and is now in full serial production. Entry into service is expected to occur in the 3rd quarter of 2019 with the Brazilian Air Force, with follow on deliveries to occur throughout the year.

 

 

 

 
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+3 #8 Boris H 2019-07-24 21:49
Quoting Maxwell:
Under what circumstances would these expensive Portuguese military planes be used - certainly nowhere near a risky front line. The seizing of the Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar by the British shows clearly the differing mindsets between us and Greco-Romans. Whose mantra is to warn the high and mighty or, as in this case, risky, beforehand. So at best the Iranian ship would have been hailed and warned that "You are in the territorial waters of (Greco-Roman country) X and must leave within 1 hour or be searched as it is assumed you are carrying oil for an EU embargoed country, Syria". Bingo - off zips the Iranian Oil Tanker. EU embargo - as with so many EU Treaties - tactfully ignored.

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I'm afraid you are so off the mark.
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0 #7 Darcy 2019-07-24 19:04
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The seizing of the Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar by the British shows clearly the differing mindsets between us and Greco-Romans.

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The difference between Britain's response to the Gibraltar issue and other EU countries response, is that Britain is in the pocket of the USA and must take their orders from the US military, lets face it, Britain does not care about EU sanctions but they are terrified of upsetting the "special relationship" with the USA.
On the other hand, the EU (apart from Britain) do not take orders from a country that is in another Continent,
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-1 #6 Maxwell 2019-07-24 16:34
Under what circumstances would these expensive Portuguese military planes be used - certainly nowhere near a risky front line. The seizing of the Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar by the British shows clearly the differing mindsets between us and Greco-Romans. Whose mantra is to warn the high and mighty or, as in this case, risky, beforehand. So at best the Iranian ship would have been hailed and warned that "You are in the territorial waters of (Greco-Roman country) X and must leave within 1 hour or be searched as it is assumed you are carrying oil for an EU embargoed country, Syria". Bingo - off zips the Iranian Oil Tanker. EU embargo - as with so many EU Treaties - tactfully ignored.
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+2 #5 Ed 2019-07-17 10:07
Quoting Darcy:
Dear Editor,
I would like to know why you have allowed a comment to be published, (Harrison) that contains derogatory and offensive remarks of a personal nature against me.
Iam requesting that this should be removed immediately.



Dear kettle

Not derogatory at all - I took this as Harrison's great sense of humour at its best.

Please try and be less supercilious as many of your comments come over as arrogant, holier than thou, high and mighty and verging on the offensive and intensely irritating.

Any comments again startying with "You obviously do not realise that..." will not be published, however illuminating the content.
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+1 #4 Sarah Viney 2019-07-15 12:19
why can this commentator not write in a more pleasant, less patronising tone. The example below is one of many over the months...

btw, the lack of doctors is due to poor management in the national health service that saw many of the reghion's doctore go to the private sector (when given a 'stay in or leave' choice) the poor effect a stint in the region has on Doctor's CVs and the low pay generally...

"You obviously do not realise that Portugal is a member of NATO, and with this comes responsibility to ensure the fleet of military aircraft are kept up to date. Portugal did however make a purchase of 3 Russian aircraft in the past 18 months that failed safety tests and were never used. Portugal has 87 military aircraft, 50 of these are the military fighter fleet, with an American military airbase situated on Portugese Territory.

Your comment regarding medical staff in hospitals shows your complete lack of knowledge of Portugal, as procuring the correct medical staff is not a matter of finance's but a matter of employing medical staff from abroad that are properly trained and speak Portugese.
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+2 #3 Darren 2019-07-15 08:57
If the subs procurement and alleged involvement of at least one Portuguese Admiral in being bunged by the Germans is anything to go by - have any Portuguese Air Force Generals recently been seen looking unusually cheerful and, an absolute give away to any European Portuguese, using phrases from the Brazilian version of the language?
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+4 #2 Jonno 2019-07-14 14:40
Quoting Darren:
There are obviously cheaper options to explore for a small country like Portugal, than spending 250 million+ euros on these planes. Most obviously 'borrowing' from a major player, as it is inconceivable Portugal would be kicking anything off by itself with any country more dangerous than the Solomon Islands.
A country so poor that it cannot even afford doctors and anaesthetists in its hospitals should not be lashing out hundreds of millions of euros on 'show off' fripperies.


The cost today for the five KC 390 planes including flight training facilities is already well in excess of 800 million euros and as always with this type of procurement that figure will obviously end up being a lot more before they actually get flying.
This 800 million euro plus initial costing is before taking into account any ongoing specialised crewing or infrastructure costs that will obviously be required to integrate a totally new aircraft like this into the existing system but if one of the biggest "investors" in the manufacture of the KC 390 doesn't actually buy the product what message does that send to other would be buyers.
We can only hope that the same cretins who organised the purchase of the Kamov fire fighting helicopters weren't involved in this deal. :-*
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+2 #1 Darren 2019-07-13 19:41
There are obviously cheaper options to explore for a small country like Portugal, than spending 250 million+ euros on these planes. Most obviously 'borrowing' from a major player, as it is inconceivable Portugal would be kicking anything off by itself with any country more dangerous than the Solomon Islands.
A country so poor that it cannot even afford doctors and anaesthetists in its hospitals should not be lashing out hundreds of millions of euros on 'show off' fripperies.
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