15 Feb 2018

Embraer and SkyTech sign letter of intent for KC-390 aircraft

Embraer Defense & Security has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with aviation services company SkyTech for up to six new KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft.

The aircraft are earmarked for multiple defence projects and both companies have also agreed on a potential strategic collaboration to jointly explore new business opportunities in training and services.

Paulo Mirpuri, President of SkyTech, said: “We have been following the KC-390 program since its inception and believe that it will be a game-changer in the medium-sized airlift category as well as a multi-role platform”

Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, commented: “Embraer is keen to have SkyTech as a strategic partner for some of our own planned projects, where we see them adding value and enhancements by providing various ongoing solutions to our own defense customer base.”

The KC-390 is capable of carrying out various missions, such as transporting cargo, troops or paratroopers, aerial refuelling, in addition to supporting humanitarian missions, search and rescue missions, medical evacuation and aerial fire fighting. The KC-390 can transport up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), as well as operating in hostile environments, including unprepared or damaged runways.

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