Francisco Gomes Neto, President & CEO of Embraer, has underlined the company's enthusiasm for showcasing the robust capabilities of the C-390 Millennium aircraft in India's challenging high-altitude regions. Neto recently stated that Embraer is prepared to demonstrate the C-390 Millennium's durability and efficiency on short or unpaved runways at significant altitudes, upon the Indian Air Force's (IAF) request.
The C-390 Millennium, an advanced transport aircraft, achieved a significant milestone by attaining Full Operational Capability (FOC) with the Brazilian Air Force in April 2023. Neto emphasized the aircraft's versatility across multiple operations, including air-to-air refuelling, medical evacuation, troop and cargo transport, firefighting, and more.
The aircraft's modern design and high mission completion rate are notable strengths, positioning it as an invaluable asset for rapid response operations. Given India's vast borders and diverse geographical challenges, the C-390 Millennium holds the potential to effectively address a variety of issues.
As the Indian Air Force explores replacement options for its ageing Russian An-32 transport aircraft, competitive offers from leading aerospace manufacturers are being considered. Alongside offerings from Airbus and Lockheed Martin, Embraer's C-390 Millennium is being evaluated for its potential to meet India's strategic transport needs.