Embraer and Boeing will partner to market Embraer’s new KC-390 multi-mission airlifter and aerial refueling aircraft.
Under the agreement, Boeing will be the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the US, UK and some Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture the aircraft and collaborate on sales, sustainment and training.
The KC-390 originated as a defense project contracted by the Brazilian Air Force in 2009. The largest aircraft to be manufactured in Brazil, it features advanced capabilities in terms of performance, cargo, capacity, flexibility and life-cycle costs. Initial estimates of the potential market for KC-390 are approximately 700 aircraft, but that number is likely to increase after additional markets are analysed. The project has completed the critical design review and is on schedule.
“The KC-390 is an extremely capable aircraft that continues to attract interest by several nations, and Boeing’s military transport expertise is ideal for teaming in the international market,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President and CEO of Embraer Defesa & Segurança. “This agreement strengthens the level of cooperation between both companies and the defense industries of Brazil and the United States.”