Embraer Defense & Security announced on Monday (5), at the Singapore Airshow, the signing of a Letter of Intent with aviation services company SkyTech to acquire up to six KC- 390 multi-mission transport aircraft.
In a statement, Embraer says the aircraft are targeted at several defense projects and both companies also agreed to evaluate a potential strategic collaboration to jointly explore new business opportunities in the areas of training and services.
SkyTech is the result of a partnership between two companies of defense services: HiFly, from Portugal, which provides aircraft, full crews, maintenance and insurance (ACMI), and Adagold Aviation, Australia, specializing in aviation and charter flights.
““We have been following the KC-390 program since its inception and believe that it will be a game-changer in the medium-sized airlift category as well as a multi-role platform,” said Paulo Mirpuri, SkyTech CEO.
“Embraer is keen to have SkyTech as a strategic partner for some of our own planned projects, where we see them adding value and enhancements by providing various ongoing solutions to our own defense customer base,” said Jackson Schneider, CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.
The first customer of the Embraer freighter will be the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), with the first delivery scheduled for the second half of this year. Brazilian Air Force will receive 28 aircraft, which will be responsible for replacing the fleet of the C-130 Hercules.