Hungary in talks to buy Embraer KC-390 military cargo aircraft

Hungary buy Embraer KC-390
Embraer KC-390 military cargo aircraft.

At the beginning of the year, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his visit to Brazil. The meeting assessed opportunities for international, economic and political cooperation between the two countries.

In May 2019, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo in Budapest, Hungary. They discussed the purchase of the KC-390 transport aircraft for Magyar Légierö (Hungarian Air Force).

Embraer has confirmed that it is currently negotiating with Hungary for the sale of a batch of KC-390 aircraft. The announcement of the agreement is expected during the visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Hungary by the end of the year. Embraer also said he could open a facility in Hungary to manufacture the KC-390 aircraft.

According to a previous statement by Lt. Gen. Tibor Benkő, the chief of Hungary's General Staff of the Armed Forces, the nation could buy 6 aircraft divided into two batches of 3 each. However it is not clear if this number includes the two A319s and the Falcon 7X already introduced.

The KC-390 is attracting a lot of interest in Europe: in July 2019 Portugal signed a USD 920 million contract with Embraer for five KC-390s and the Czech Republic and Sweden have declared that the Brazilian-made cargo plane is their main option.

However, according to our previous analysis, the Italian C-27J could also be a great option for Hungary.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Embraer

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