Embraer teams up with BAe System to expand sales of the C-390 Millennium

Companies intend to seek new customers for the airlifter in the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia

Following the end of the partnership with Boeing, Embraer announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BAe Systems to promote the C-390 Millennium multirole aircraft in international markets.

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together in the Middle East in search of customers for the airlifter. The first country to be proposed is Saudi Arabia, according to the Brazilian manufacturer.

“The MoU for the C-390 Millennium draws on the collective strengths of two leading aerospace players, BAE Systems and Embraer. The aircraft brings a new concept to the market, offering a versatile and multi-mission platform with very low operating costs and fast turnaround, which is an unbeatable combination,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security.

Jackson Schneider (Embraer) and Ian Muldowney (BAe)

“This collaboration recognizes the capability of the C-390 Millennium aircraft combined with BAE Systems’ extensive knowledge and understanding of international markets including experience in standing up military capability and delivering industrialization through the support, maintenance, and training solutions for complex aircraft,” Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer for BAE Systems Air sector.

A strategic partnership to promote and support the C-390 internationally was one of the points envisaged in the joint venture between Embraer and Boeing. The partnership between the companies, however, was canceled in April 2020, along with the end of another agreement in which the US manufacturer would acquire 80% of the commercial division of Embraer.

Currently, the C-390 has firm orders from four customers, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary and the Netherlands, which announced the acquisition of five aircraft in June.

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