Embraer showcases C-390 and A-29 at World Defense Show, eyes Saudi sales

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Embraer is showcasing its C-390 tactical transport and A-29 Super Tucano at the World Defense Show (WDS) near Riyadh, aiming to capitalize on potential sales opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The aircraft’s presence at the static display follows a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Embraer and Saudi Arabia’s SAMI, focused on promoting the C-390 to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and exploring local assembly and maintenance capabilities.

According to Bosco da Costa Junior, CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, the company had positive discussions with Saudi counterparts at the show. The RSAF is seeking to replace its aging Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transports, considering options like the C-130J, C-390, Airbus A400M, and Leonardo C-27J. Embraer expects to finalize a joint contract with Austria and the Netherlands for the C-390 by mid-year, addressing their requirements to replace Hercules fleets with five and four aircraft, respectively.

Embraer’s defense unit ended 2023 strongly, securing a three-aircraft deal with South Korea in December for the C-390. The company aims to expand its sales in the Asia-Pacific region, targeting India as a potential future customer. After the WDS, Embraer will promote the C-390 at the Singapore air show in February.

At the WDS, Embraer Services & Support and Saudia Technic signed an MoU to collaborate on maintenance and training capabilities, focusing on the E2 jets family and executive aviation maintenance. Carlos Naufel, CEO of Embraer Services & Support, highlights Saudi Arabia’s rapidly growing aerospace industry, positioning Embraer for advancement in the region through partnership with Saudia Technic. Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudia Technic, sees this partnership as propelling them towards new horizons and shaping the future of commercial aviation maintenance.

(Source: Breaking Defense | Flight Global)

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