C-390 MPA

Embraer and Boeing dispute order for maritime patrol aircraft for Brazil

Brazilian company and the Air Force announced collaborative studies for the potential adaptation of the C-390 for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions. Boeing simultaneously revealed talks for a P-8A Poseidon order

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is talking to Embraer and Boeing with the aim of replacing its current P-95 and P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

The Brazilian manufacturer announced at FIDAE, in Chile, that it had started collaborative studies with the FAB with the aim of adapting an aircraft for Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognition (ISR) missions.

Although it does not mention the C-390 Millennium, Embraer released a rendered image of the aircraft with a maritime patrol configuration and anti-ship missiles under the wings.

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Called the C-390 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft), the variant appears months after Embraer released an E190-E2 for anti-submarine warfare.

The Brazilian Air Force has an agreement to acquire 19 multirole jets with Embraer. It is understood that the MPA version could be adapted to these planes.

Embraer executives, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Minister of Defense (Embraer)

Boeing sees chances for the P-8A Poseidon

At the same time that Embraer revealed the agreement with the FAB, Boeing told Janes that the service is also evaluating the P-8A Poseidon, a 737 developed for maritime patrol.

Royal Canadian Air Force P-8A Poseidon rendering (Boeing)

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense had already commented that the Poseidon, together with the T-7A supersonic trainer and the Cessna 408 SkyCourier turboprop were aircraft of interest to the country.

The FAB currently has three P-3 Orion with almost six decades in operation, in addition to eight P-95, a variant of the Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante for maritime patrol.


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