Embraer, Partners to Boost Portugal’s Defense Industrial Base

Embraer has signed a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese aerospace companies to develop Portugal’s technological and defense industrial base.

The agreement seeks to improve the country’s research, engineering, and development related to defense capabilities.

Industry partners to the agreement include CEiiA, Empordef, and GMVIS Skysoft.

Bolstering Brazil-Portugal Relationship

According to the Brazilian firm, the memorandum reinforces the company’s long-standing relationship with Portugal in developing defense and aerospace capabilities for its warfighters.

Among Embraer and the government’s recent projects was the KC-390 Millenium transport aircraft training provided to the Portuguese Air Force.

KC-390 aircraft
The first KC-390 aircraft acquired by the Portugal. Photo: Portuguese Air Force

The aircraft and corresponding simulator were delivered to the service in October 2022.

“I’m very pleased to celebrate a new phase in the relationship between Embraer and the Portuguese State, through the Defense Industry of Portugal, which is a reference for us in cooperation in aerospace and defense projects,” Embraer CEO and President Gomes Neto said.

“The results of the C-390 Millennium strategic partnership have shown the potential that companies and governments of the two countries, working together, can achieve.”

Supporting New Super Tucano NATO Variant

Alongside Portugal’s defense base advancement, the collaboration supports the production and operation of Embraer’s latest Super Tucano light attack aircraft variant.

The NATO-configured A-29N was unveiled earlier this month at a military technology expo in Rio de Janeiro.

A-29N Super Tucano light attack aircraft in NATO configuration.
A-29N Super Tucano light attack aircraft in NATO configuration. Photo: Embraer

“Today, with the signing of this memorandum, we take another important step in the continuous development of technologies related to the A-29 Super Tucano,” Embraer Defense & Security CEO and President Bosco da Costa Jr. stated.

“The interest of NATO countries in this aircraft led Embraer to announce, recently, the launch of a new version, the A-29N, which, we are sure, will achieve a great success in the international market.”

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