Brazilian plane-maker Embraer has been promoting its C-390 Millennium within the Indian market as it seeks to increase sales of the aircraft.

Embraer concluded its C-390 Millennium Day in New Delhi on Tuesday, which brought together key private and public entities from the Indian aerospace and defence industry.

The event provided insights on Embraer’s efforts to support India’s government initiative of Make in India and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (‘self-reliant India’).

Bosco da Costa Junior, president and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security, said: “The event was a great platform to deepen engagement with the players in the industry as we strengthen the case of the C-390 Millennium for India.

“The vibrant discussions have paved the way for us to carve a unique proposition for India and the Indian Air Force.”

Indian Air Force offered C-390 Millennium

Earlier this year, the Indian Air Force issued a Request For Information for a new fleet of Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) aircraft.

Embraer responded to this by offering the C-390 Millennium as a potential platform of choice.

The C-390 Millennium was also on display at AeroIndia in February 2023 where guests toured the modern military tactical transport aircraft. Its multi-mission platform offers incomparable mobility, combining high productivity and operating flexibility with low operating costs, which is an unbeatable combination.

Medium-sized military cargo aircraft

The C-390 can carry more payload (26 tons) compared to other medium-sized military cargo aircraft and flies faster (470 knots) and farther, being capable of performing a wide range of missions such as transporting and dropping cargo and troops, medical evacuation, search and rescue, firefighting, and humanitarian missions, operating on temporary or unpaved runways such as packed earth, soil and gravel.

In its refueling version, the aircraft has already proven its aerial refueling capacity, as well as an aircraft receiving fuel from another KC-390 using pods installed under the wings. It is the only aircraft in the world in the segment to carry out such an operation.

Embraer has an established presence in India with around 40 aircraft, across the fields of defense, commercial aviation and executive aviation.
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