Portuguese air force’s Embraer KC-390 passes preliminary design review

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The Portuguese air force’s first Embraer KC-390 passed its preliminary design review in early July, one year after the country became the type’s first export customer.

The Portuguese air force’s first Embraer KC-390 passed its preliminary design review in early July, one year after the country became the type’s first export customer.

Lisbon has ordered five examples of the military transport. Embraer is currently assembling the first aircraft for the country, the manufacturer says on 5 August. Previously, the company has said it plans to deliver the first aircraft in February 2023, with the other four aircraft to be delivered at a rate of one per year until February 2027.

KC-390

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Embraer KC-390

The only other firm customer for the KC-390 is the Brazilian air force, which has ordered 28 units. The first KC-390 was delivered to the Brazilian air force in September 2019, with the second delivered in December and the third example delivered in June.

Currently, four of Brazil’s ordered aircraft are in assembly, one of which is scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2020.

In addition to firm orders for Portugal and Brazil, Embraer has letters of intent for an additional 33 aircraft. The Argentine air force has expressed interest in six aircraft, the Chilean air force in six aircraft, the Colombian air force in 12 aircraft, the Czech air force in two aircraft and aviation services company SkyTech in six aircraft. As of July, Embraer told FlightGlobal that none of the KC-390’s letters of intent had been converted into a sale.

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