Hungarian Army Buys Brazilian Aircraft

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The Hungarian Air Force will receive new transport aircraft. On November 17, 2020, the portal reported that the Hungarian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with the Brazilian company Embraer for the supply of two KC-390 units.

New aircraft will fill an empty niche in the Hungarian Air Force after the decommissioning of the Soviet An-26. At the same time, the KC-390 will be supplied with capabilities for cargo transportation, medical evacuation, and air refueling (for Saab Gripen fighters).

Embraer KC-390

“We are buying a multipurpose transport fleet to fulfill the widest possible range of tasks on a national scale,” the Hungarian Defense Ministry’s press service said. Aircraft deliveries are planned for 2023 and 2024. The cost of the deal was not disclosed.

Embrаer КС-390 – military transport aircraft, created by order of the Brazilian Air Force. The development of a new “transport aircraft” began in 2006, and eight years later, the Brazilian military department signed a contract with Embraer for the construction of 28 aircraft. The first flight of the KS-390 took place in February 2015. The length of the KS-390 is 33.5 m, the wingspan is 34 m, the height is 11.5 m. The aircraft can carry over 20 tons of cargo or up to 80 passengers. Hungary will become the second foreign customer of these aircraft (previously, five KS-390 units were ordered by the Portuguese Air Force).

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