Brazil will receive only 15 KC-390 aircraft and Embraer announces legal action in the absence of an agreement

The relationship between Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and the company Embraer She doesn’t have her best moments. After learning that Brazil has finally decided, unilaterally, to cut 13 of its initial KC-390 Millennium order, from 28 to 15 units, the Brazilian airline giant has informed its shareholders that it will analyze the legal action that will be taken as follows once you receive a letter Official government confirms modification of the original contract.

Having learned about the failure of negotiations between the South American country and Embraer, which began in April, to agree on amendments to the contract for the purchase of aircraft, the FAB published an article signed by the commander of the force, Lieutenant-General of the Air Force, Carlos. Almeida Baptista Jr. described the wreckage of the talks as an “unprecedented and unwanted fact of this important fifty-year relationship.”

Despite this, the FAB confirmed that it would “continue efforts with the company to reduce the KC-390 fleet to levels deemed appropriate” for the force.

“What remains for us, as public officials, is the certainty that there is no way out beyond what is legal and reasonable, and the hope that our strategic partners will continue to contribute to the development of an increasingly efficient and deterrent air force for the defense of Brazil.”

Embraer’s reaction

The manufacturer of the KC-390 did not react long and announced to its shareholders that it would consider the next steps. He explained in a media note that “as soon as the union notifies him officially, the company will seek to take legal measures related to the economic and financial rebalancing of contracts, as well as assessing the effects of contract curtailment on its business and results.” .

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At the same time, I highlight the export potential of its aircraft “which provides innovations unique in its class and has already been acquired by two European countries”. He concluded his speech by emphasizing “its role as a strategic partner for the Brazilian Air Force in the development and implementation of technological solutions and products with high added value.”

KC-390 at the Dubai Airshow

The Brazilian plane is one of the main attractions in Dubai Air Show, whose new version was launched yesterday. brazil president, Jair Bolsonaro, was present at the opening of the exhibition and visited the Embraer booth and boarded a KC-390 Millennium.

The Brazilian transport plane has already made two sales abroad: Portugal, with an order for five, and Hungary, with an order for two.

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