SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Embraer, a Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer that managed to fly in its C-390 Millennium, a medium-size, twin-engine, jet-powered military transport aircraft to India for the Aero India 2023 is upbeat about its chances to bag a contract from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its requirements for Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) for which it recently had issued Tender.
Embraer officials who spoke to idrw.org have confirmed that the C-390 which can carry 26-ton of Cargo payload is perfectly optimised for Indian High altitude operations and the company is keen to offer the Transporter to IAF for Technical trials purposes to demonstrate its capabilities.
Embraer already is having initial talks with the Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to jointly manufacture C-390 Transporter aircraft in the country with a high degree of Transfer of Technology and indigenous content in the aircraft if it wins the tender.
idrw.org had reported in past that HAL is keen to have a Medium Class Transport aircraft in its product portfolio after losing to Avro Transport aircraft replacement contract to Tata-Airbus’s C-295M. Embraer officials told idrw.org that C-390 can also be used as Aerial Tanker and can be configured to be used as a SIGNIT or AWACS Aircraft for IAF.
The C-390 Millennium can perform a variety of missions using the same platform, including Air-to-Air (in-flight) Refueling (AAR) for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, airborne operations, troop and cargo transportation, humanitarian missions, medical evacuation, firefighting, and search and rescue, with simple and rapid reconfiguration between the different configurations using conversion kits and state-of-the-art built-in reconfigurable cargo floor systems.
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