Embraer is showcasing the C-390 Millennium military multi-mission tactical air transport aircraft, which will be on static display at Aero India 2023 in Bangalore, India, Feb. 13-17. Complementing the C-390 Millennium’s presence at the show is Embraer’s booth (Hall B, B2.2 B) that will offer visitors a closer look at Embraer Defense & Security’s comprehensive portfolio and innovative solutions, which include the A-29 Super Tucano, the P600 AEW&C, and the radars & border surveillance solutions.
“We are proud to bring Embraer’s iconic C-390 Millennium to India for our guests to experience the true capabilities of this 21st-century military multi-mission aircraft,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “India is a key market for Embraer, and we are keen to establish partnerships in the country that can further boost India’s defence industries and capabilities. We look forward to engaging with India’s defense & aerospace ecosystem at this event.”
Since it entered into service with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in 2019, the C-390 has proven its capability, reliability, and performance across a variety of missions. FAB’s fleet of five aircraft, all refueling versions, designated KC-390, have already accrued more than 7,500 flying hours, and recent numbers have shown a mission completion rate of 99%, demonstrating outstanding productivity in its category. Embraer has orders for the C-390 Millennium from Portugal & Hungary, both NATO member nations. The Netherlands, also a NATO nation, selected the C-390 Millennium in 2022.
The C-390 is the most modern next-gen military tactical transport aircraft, and its multi-mission platform offers an unbeatable combination of low operating costs and fast turnaround. The aircraft can carry more cargo (26 tons) compared to other medium-sized military cargo aircraft and flies faster (470kts) and further on a standard crew duty day.
The C-390 Millennium can carry out a wide range of missions using the same platform, including Air-to-Air (in-flight) Refueling (AAR) for fixed & rotary wing aircraft, airborne operations, troop & cargo transportation, humanitarian missions, medical evacuation, firefighting, and search & rescue, with simple and rapid reconfiguration between the different configurations using conversion kits and state-of-the-art built-in reconfigurable cargo floor systems. The aircraft was designed to operate on semi-prepared or damaged runways as well as in hostile environments, ranging from hot & humid to cold, dry conditions.
One of Embraer’s defense products operating in the country is the Indian Air Force’s Netra AEW&C. Built upon the ERJ 145 regional jet platform, the fleet of three Netras is the product of collaboration between Embraer and DRDO. The aircraft took part in the Fly Past grand finale of India’s recent 74th Republic Day and is often deployed in key missions.