Embraer and Aeroplex have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on a project to qualify Aeroplex as an Embraer Authorised Service Centre (EASC) in Hungary.

The goal is to support and enable Aeroplex to provide line and intermediate maintenance to the Hungarian Defence Forces’ KC-390 Millennium aircraft.

‘Operational advantage’

“This MoU is part of Embraer’s commitment to expand the collaboration with Hungary in the aeronautical field,” said Leonardo Lopes Ferrucci, Head of Embraer Defence & Security Hungary. “The local MRO capability will become an operational advantage for the Hungarian KC-390s support after the entry into service.”

The Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer for the acquisition of two C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft, in its Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) configuration, designated KC-390. The acquisition is part of the process to strengthen the capabilities of the Hungarian Defence Forces. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in 2024.

“We are glad to work with Embraer in this paramount project for the Hungarian Defence Forces,” said Aeroplex’s CEO, Demény Árpad. “While Embraer brings its expertise of more than 50 years supporting aircraft around the world, Aeroplex will apply all our knowledge and diversified portfolio to serve the KC-390 Millennium. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot together.”

First in world with Intensive Care Unit

The KC-390 for the Hungarian Defence Forces will be the first in the world with the Intensive Care Unit in its configuration, an essential feature to perform humanitarian missions. The aircraft is able to perform different types of military and civilian missions including medical evacuation, cargo and troop transport, precision cargo airdrop and paratrooper operations.

The KC-390 are NATO compatible, in terms of hardware and avionics and communications configurations. The KC-390 probe and drogue refuelling system also means the aircraft can refuel the Hungarian JAS 39 Gripen, as well as other aircraft that use the same technology.
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