Conversations between Embraer and the Hellenic Air Force (Greece) regarding the C-390 Millennium have intensified to the point that a new meeting between representatives of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer and the Air Support Command was held last week.
According to local media, the meeting was attended by Carla Salleron, director of business and sales in Europe, and account manager Manual Borges, and took place on November 22.
It is the third time in 2023 that Embraer has presented an airlifter to Greece, as far as is known. In January, the Air Force requested information about the aircraft, which was answered by the same executive.
In June, shortly after the Paris Air Show, the KC-390 registration PT-ZNG flew to Elefsina Air Base, where the 112th Fighter Wing is headquartered.
The demonstration aircraft completed several flights and loading procedures, leaving a “very good impression” on members of the Hellenic Air Force, according to Parapolitika.
Greece has nine C-130 Hercules in its inventory, but most of the planes are in no condition to fly. The country even considered the acquisition of used C-130J aircraft from Italy, but no agreement has been reached so far.
In addition to troop transport and other military missions, the Hellenic Air Force has needed aircraft for medical evacuation and fighting forest fires, capabilities that the C-390 Millennium has.
Greece is also part of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of which several members have selected Brazilian aircraft to modernize their fleets, including Portugal, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, in addition to Austria.