Embraer continues its efforts to obtain new customers for its KC-390 and A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft. The Brazilian company announced its participation in the Tri-Service Asian Defense & Security Exhibition, Conference and Networking Event, which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, between August 29 and September 1.
If the Super Tucano already has a considerable customer base, which includes more than 15 air forces and around 260 aircraft delivered, the C-390 Millennium has only four customers, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary and the Netherlands.
However, by decision of the current Air Force Commander, the original order of 28 KC-390s may drop to just 15 aircraft. Recently, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) cut one more jet from the order, reducing the list to 21 aircraft.
Foreign customers for the C-390 have 12 orders so far, five for Portugal and the Netherlands and two for Hungary, which will be the first to use the multi-mission aircraft equipped with an Intensive Care Unit, essential for humanitarian missions.
In the FAB, the five operational KC-390s exceeded 5,000 flight hours with a mission completion rate of 97%, considered high for an aircraft at the beginning of its career.
Among the missions assigned to the plane were the transport of medical equipment and supplies, from liquid oxygen to vehicles throughout Brazil at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Embraer currently has seven C-390s in production at its facilities in Gavião Peixoto.