Brazil receives fourth KC-390 multi-mission airlifter

Embraer revealed on December 19 that it had handed over the fourth KC-390 Millennium multi-mission medium-lift tactical transports to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).

The aircraft, serial 2856, has joined the first three aircraft at Anápolis Air Base in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where it will be operated by the 1st Troop Transport Group (1st GTT). The first example was delivered to the FAB on September 4, 2019, followed by the second in December 2019 and the third in June 2020. In total, the FAB has 28 examples of the KC-390 on order, which will all come equipped with an air-to-air refuelling capability.

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The Brazilian Air Force received its fourth Embraer KC-390 Millennium multi-mission tactical transport in December 2020. Embraer

Lt Brig Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, commander of the FAB, said: “It is with great satisfaction that we are receiving another KC-390 Millennium aircraft, which is being incorporated into our fleet. Soon, it will be operational in the most diverse missions, in different regions of Brazil and even abroad, similar to our first three aircraft. This platform has demonstrated great capacity, mainly in the transport of supplies and materials during Operation COVID-19.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian KC-390s were employed to transport tons of supplies and medical equipment to support the fight against the virus across the nation. A KC-390 also conducted a humanitarian mission to Lebanon in August 2020.

KC-390 [Embraer]
The Brazilian Air Force has ordered 28 examples of the KC-390. Hungary and Portugal will also operate the platform, with two and five aircraft on order for both respective nations. Embraer

Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, added: “We are very pleased with the delivery of the fourth [KC-390] Millennium to the [FAB], as the airlifter has played an extremely important role in a series of humanitarian missions within the Brazilian territory and even abroad. The [KC-390] is establishing itself as the tactical transport aircraft of this century, opening new markets, which is immensely important for Embraer’s strategy in the coming years.”

Hungary and Portugal will be the next customers to receive the KC-390, with the former acquiring two examples and the latter procuring five aircraft. Deliveries to both nations are scheduled to begin in 2023.