Em­braer and Boe­ing to mar­ket KC-390 medium-air­lift air­craft


Em­braer and Boe­ing are part­ner­ing on the sales and mar­ket­ing of Em­braer’s KC-390, a multi-mis­sion mo­bil­ity and aerial re­fu­elling air­craft with ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the medium-sized air­lift mar­ket. Un­der the agree­ment, Boe­ing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sus­tain­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the US, UK and se­lect Mid­dle East mar­kets. Em­braer will man­u­fac­ture the air­craft and col­lab­o­rate on sales, sus­tain­ment and train­ing.

“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 de­fence in­dus­tries of Brazil and the United States.”

The KC-390 orig­i­nated as a de­fence 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 an­nounce­ment builds upon the broad co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment Boe­ing and Em­braer signed in 2012. The com­pa­nies are col­lab­o­rat­ing on air­craft ef­fi­ciency and safety, re­search and tech­nol­ogy, de­fence prod­ucts and sus­tain­able avi­a­tion bio­fu­els.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with Em­braer con­tin­ues to grow across Boe­ing and demon­strates our com­mit­ment to Brazil,” Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and Strat­egy Vice Pres­i­dent Chris Ray­mond said at the Paris Air Show. “KC390 com­ple­ments our mo­bil­ity port­fo­lio by pro­vid­ing a ver­sa­tile, af­ford­able air­craft.”

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