Embraer Defense & Security has signed a Letter of Intent with aviation services company SkyTech for up to six new KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft. The aircraft are set to be used for multiple defense projects.
The companies have also agreed on a potential strategic collaboration to jointly explore new business opportunities in training and services. Embraer said. SkyTech is a partnership between HiFly, an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) company based in Portugal, and Australian aviation services and charter provider Adagold Aviation.
“We have been following the KC-390 program since its inception and believe that it will be a game-changer in the medium-sized airlift category as well as a multi-role platform”, Paulo Mirpuri, president of SkyTech, said.
“Embraer is keen to have SkyTech as a strategic partner for some of our own planned projects, where we see them adding value and enhancements by providing various ongoing solutions to our own defense customer base”, said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.
The KC-390, a tactical transport aircraft that has the lowest life cycle cost on the market, can carry out various missions, such as transporting cargo, troops or paratroopers, aerial refueling, in addition to supporting humanitarian missions, search and rescue missions, medical evacuation and aerial firefighting. It can transport up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), as well as operating in hostile environments, including unprepared or damaged runways.