SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, of Embraer Defense & Security, told Financial Express Online, that it is “in talks” with Indian authorities with its C-390 Millennium offering. Schneider claims medium-size, twin-engine, jet-powered military transport aircraft which, if inducted will give the IAF significant heavy lift capabilities.
Embraer is offering it as a Millennium’s multi-mission aircraft in air-to-air refueling (AAR) configuration so that it can be used as a mid-air refueller and can be of great help to the IAF. Schneider also said that Embraer is open to integrating Indian solutions not only for India but other countries as well.
C-390 is similar to the American C-130J in load-carrying capabilities that IAF already operates but with a greater range due it fuel efficient turbofan engine. IAF for a while now has been pushing the Indian defense ministry to procure 6 more C-130J for its operational needs. IAF operates 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, the first of which was ordered in 2007.
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