Brazilian Embraer Defense and Security (EDS) held the opening cerimony of the final assembly line of the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The event occurred at EDS plant in Gavião Peixoto, State of São Paulo.
On the occasion, the local company and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed the series production contract of the aircraft, thus marking the beginning of a new phase of the project, which began to be developed in 2009. The contract provides for the purchase of 28 aircraft over a period of ten years, with the first delivery scheduled for the end of 2016. Besides the aircraft, the contract provides for supplying a logistical support package, which includes spare parts and maintenance. At a total value of R$ 7.2 billion, the contract still depends on complementary documentation in order to go into effect, which is expected to occur within 90 days.
Final assembly of KC-390 aircaft is planned to begin in June.
The contract for developing the KC-390 was signed in 2009. Besides the order by the Brazilian Air Force, there are currently intentions to purchase 32 aircraft by other countries.