“This is the highest achievement of a careful selection process that makes us proud, representing the entry of the KC-390 into the international market. The KC-390 will meet Portugal's operational needs, ensuring the ability to integrate with allied nations for decades to come”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. "This contract strengthens the industrial partnership between Portugal and Embraer, contributing to the development of the engineering and aeronautics industry in Portugal."
The KC-390 received its Civil Certification from the Brazilian National Aviation Agency in 2018 and is now in full serial production. Entry into service is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019 with the Brazilian Air Force, with follow-on deliveries to occur throughout the year.
The KC-390 aircraft are due to begin being delivered to Portugal in 2023.