Mahindra, Embraer tie up for transport aircraft

Brazil’s Embraer Defense & Security and Mahindra group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the potential to turn India into a future hub of the medium transport aircraft C-390 for the region. They are also eyeing Indian Air Force contract for medium transport aircraft. The collaboration around the C-390 Millennium will bring the latest technology in terms of aerospace & military transport aircraft to India.

Embraer and Mahindra will engage with the Indian Air Force to identify the next steps of the MTA program, as well as contact the local aerospace industry in India to start developing the industrialization plan for the project.

The MoU was signed at the Embassy of Brazil in New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Embraer Defense & Security and Mahindra Defence Systems, a 100% owned subsidiary of Mahindra, that focuses on armored transport and security-related products including electronics.

“We are honored to announce this MoU with Mahindra. India has a diverse and strong defense and aerospace industry and we have chosen Mahindra as our partner to jointly pursue the MTA program” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security.

“India is a key market for Embraer and we fully support India’s ambitions for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. We see this partnership as a symbol of strengthening relations between Brazil and India and a way to foster Global South cooperation.”

To date, the C-390 Millennium has been selected by Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic and most recently, South Korea.

The C-390 can performing a wide range of missions such as transporting and dropping cargo and troops, medical evacuation, search and rescue, aerial firefighting, and humanitarian missions, operating on temporary or unpaved runways such as packed earth, soil, and gravel.

Earlier this month, Tata group and France’s Airbus signed an agreement to manufacture civilian helicopters together. The agreement was signed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s ongoing state visit to India. Tata and Airbus are already cooperating to make C-295 transport aircraft in Gujarat.

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Roy Walsh

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