Angola may acquire four Embraer KC-390s, says Brazilian government

During a visit to the African country, Lula said he wanted to sell multi-mission aircraft to the local air force, whose fleet is mostly of Russian origin.

Angola has become a new potential customer for the multi-mission aircraft C-390 Millennium, from Embraer, according to declarations by the Lula administration.

The Brazilian president visited the African country last week, after meeting with members of the BRICs in South Africa. According to statements by Lula, Angola could acquire four C-390s in addition to renewing the fleet of Super Tucano aircraft.

The country is the second largest to use the Portuguese language after Brazil and since its founding in 1975 it has been governor under communist and socialist influence.

The fleet of aircraft of the National Air Force of Angola is made up mostly of Russian aircraft (Dmitry Karpezo)

As a result, the fleet of the National Air Force of Angola is basically made up of Russian aircraft, including Sukhoi Su-30 fighters. The country, however, received 12 EMB-312 Tucano training aircraft and six EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.

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he fleet of transport planes consists of An-12, An-26, An-32 and An-72 turboprops, as well as a Casa 212 and seven Il-76 jets, according to World Air Forces 2023.

In 2022, the Angolan government signed an agreement with Airbus to receive three C295 turboprops, two of them for maritime patrol and one for transport missions.

Angola ordered three C295 in 2022 (Airbus)

TAAG eyes E2 jets?

Angola is not part of the list of eight countries where there are negotiations for agreements regarding the C-390 and which includes other African countries such as South Africa, Egypt and Rwanda.

A possible sale of the C-390 Millennium to Angola should rely on Brazilian financing, revealed the president of APEX (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), Jorge Viana, to the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo.

TAAG A220-300 (Airbus)

Viana also stated that the state-owned airline TAAG would also have shown interest in ordering E2 jets from the Brazilian manufacturer, ignoring that the company has just ordered nine Airbus A220s, rivals of Embraer aircraft.

The Angolan carrier has a fleet of 21 aircraft, including six very new Dash 8-400 turboprops and six Boeing 737-700s with an average age of 17 years.


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