Embraer and Rheinmetall are holding talks about setting up an aircraft training centre in Europe.

The Brazilian aerospace company and German defence firm said any new training facilities would focus on the military transport aircraft the Embraer C-390, which has become increasingly popular in the European market.

Any new site would complement the C-390 Training Center in Brazil, which features a Full Flight and Mission Simulator (FFMS) and a Loadmaster Training Station, where Brazilian, Portuguese, and Hungarian Air Forces C-390 crews are having their initial training.

Timo Haas, CDO of Rheinmetall AG and deputy CEO of Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH said: “With the ongoing success of the C-390 throughout Europe, it is the right moment to start the evaluation and planning for a European C-390 training hub, providing comprehensive training facilities for aircrew and cargo operation training.

José Gustavo, vice president for sales of Embraer defence and security for Europe and Africa, added: “With the evolving defence and security challenges facing NATO allies and partner nations, European Air Forces must train their pilots to stringent standards, to effectively counter emerging threats.

“Our objective is to prepare C-390 pilots for diverse and complex scenarios. Creating conditions for rigorous and continuous training will enhance their tactical skills and decision-making capabilities, which are crucial for operating advanced aircraft and responding to dynamic threat environments.”

The Portuguese Air Force has purchased a FFMS as part of their C-390 contract with Embraer, which will be installed at Beja Air Base, in Portugal while the Royal Netherlands Air Force is also planning to have their own FFMS in the country.Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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