The C-390 Millennium tour in Europe has a new stop, NATO Days, one of the biggest military air shows in the continent, which takes place at Ostrava Airport in the Czech Republic.
The event, which is scheduled for September 17 and 18, should feature several military aircraft, including the US Air Force’s B-52, Belgian F-16 fighters, F-18 (Finland), Gripen C (Hungary), F-35 (Netherlands) and Eurofighter Typhoon (United Kingdom), in addition to the A330 MRTT, for aerial refueling.
Another highlight of the show will be the presence of Saab Gripen E, but the C-390 is considered one of the main stars of NATO Days, according to its organizers.
“This year we will have a participant from a completely new continent – South America – in the form of a modern Brazilian transport aircraft C-390 Millennium that will be presented here for the first time to the Czech public”, said Zbyněk Pavlačík, President of Jagello 2000.
Embraer’s military cargo jet has already been to the Czech Republic this year, in a presentation for the country’s air force in June at Pardubice Airport.
The KC-390 that will participate in NATO Days is likely the PT-ZNG registration aircraft, which is currently on tour in Europe. After visiting Eidhoven between Saturday and Monday, the aircraft arrived in Zagreb, Croatia. The distance from the city to Ostrava is only 465 km.
The presence of the C-390 in the Czech Republic is strategic for Embraer since one of the partners in its manufacture is located in the country, AERO Vodochody, which produces the leading edge, cabin doors, loading ramp and part of the rear fuselage of the Brazilian jet.
In addition, the Czech Air Force is one of the jet’s potential customers as it operates only six smaller-capacity C925s, in addition to four older LET 410s.
To date, the C-390 has been selected by three European countries, Portugal, Hungary and the Netherlands, which together have ordered 12 aircraft.