Embraer confirms talks with India on C-390 sale

Embraer talks C390 sale India
Brazilian Air Force C-390 multi-mission transport aircraft takes off from a dirt runway. Embraer is currently seeking to sell the aircraft to India.

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer recently initiated talks with India about the opportunity to equip the Indian Air Force with the C-390 multi-mission military transport aircraft, Indian media outlet Financial Express revealed.

According to Financial Express, the agreement could provide for the involvement of Indian companies for the supply of aircraft components.

"We are absolutely sure that the C-390 is the right product for India. To be honest, we are at the beginning of talks with the Indian authorities. And we believe that with the right Indian partner and the right approach, we will be able to provide India with the best solution, while also integrating Indian products into the aircraft," said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

Schneider also focused on their willingness to develop further projects together with India. "India is a large market, it is one of the countries we are geopolitically close to. India has a very complementary defense industry. We are very open to discussing and doing more things together. As we have done in the past, we are open to seeing the two countries develop things together and develop solutions together," he said.

The past collaboration mentioned by Schneider refers to the NETRA AEW&CS project which is the indigenous variant of the Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft based on the Embraer ERJ-145 jet. The surveillance aircraft has been in service with the IAF since 2017.

Embraer has received orders for 29 C-390 aircraft to date; 22 for Brazil (recently cut), 5 for Portugal and 2 for Hungary. Among the new potential customers is the Czech Republic where Embraer carried out an in-depth demonstration of the aircraft's capabilities on Monday.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Embraer

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