The Hungarian government and Embraer have signed an agreement to acquire two new generation multi-purpose transport aircraft, the Embraer C-390 Millennium, designated KC-390, in a tank configuration (AAR). The training of pilots and technicians as well as other services and support are included in the contract. The acquisition is part of the process of strengthening the Hungarian armed forces, particularly in the areas of tactical air traffic, AAR and medical evacuation, as well as other missions of public interest. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2023.
Following the takeover of the Airbus A319 and Dassault Falcon 7X personal jets in 2018, the KC-390 aircraft will be delivered to Hungary to launch large military payloads in an operational and in-flight refueling environment. We are acquiring a multi-mission transport fleet for the Hungarian armed forces to confidently carry out the widest range of tasks across the country, said Gspr Marth, Government Commissioner for Defense Development. In terms of military transport, Hungary is currently NATO’s headquarters for 4-unit C-17 heavy freighters.
Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security said: “Hungary is the second European nation and a NATO member to select the C-390 Millennium, a high-capacity aircraft that combines excellent productivity offers unmatched speed, payload, and quick reconfiguration for multi-mission operations. “
The Hungarian Armed Forces’ KC-390 will be the first in the world with the option to be converted to an intensive care unit, an essential resource for conducting humanitarian operations. The aircraft fully meets the requirements of the Hungarian Armed Forces and can carry out various types of military and civilian missions, including the aforementioned humanitarian aid, medical evacuation, search and rescue, cargo and troop transport, and precision cargo launch. , Parachute fall and AAR. These KC-390s are fully compatible with NATO operations not only in terms of hardware, but also their avionics and communications configuration. In addition, the refueling system of the KC-390 enables refueling of the Hungarian JAS 39 Gripen as well as other aircraft with the same technology.
The C-390 Millennium is fully operational and since receiving the first aircraft in 2019, the Brazilian Air Force has used the aircraft in several critical missions in Brazil and abroad with high availability. In addition, in 2019 the Portuguese government signed a contract to acquire five C-390 Millenniums, which are currently in service and due to be operational in 2023. (Javier Bonilla)
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