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The Embraer C390 Millennium, a multi-mission transport aircraft, is gearing up for a potential entry into the Indian Air Force’s Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) program. During a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with Indian aerospace giant Mahindra, Embraer officials highlighted their plan to source over 60% of the aircraft’s systems and components from Indian companies if selected. 

This commitment to localization aligns with India’s “Make in India” initiative and could be a key factor in the IAF’s decision. Furthermore, Embraer sees India as a strategic partner for exploring growth opportunities beyond just the MTA program. 

They propose collaborating on developing various variants of the C390 Millennium, transforming it into a multi-role aircraft capable of fulfilling diverse Indian Air Force needs.

Key Features of the C390 Millennium:

  • Cargo Payload: 22 tons, exceeding the capabilities of the C-130J and AN-32 it aims to replace.
  • Versatility: Operational on rough runways and capable of performing tasks like cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and aerial firefighting.
  • Advanced Technology: Equipped with modern avionics, head-up displays, and a robust airframe for superior performance and reliability.

The C390 Millennium faces competition from other contenders like the Lockheed Martins’ C-130J and the Airbus A400M Atlas. Each aircraft offers unique advantages, and the IAF is expected to conduct a thorough evaluation before making a final decision.

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