Embraer has named Aeroplex as its preferred maintenance partner for the Hungarian air force’s future two KC-390 Millennium transport/tankers.

Announcing the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the parties on 3 June, the Brazilian airframer said Aeroplex will become an authorised service centre provider, delivering “line and intermediate maintenance” for the twinjet type.

KC-390 Hungary

Source: Embraer

Hungary will receive two KC-390s from 2024

“The local MRO capability will become an operational advantage for the Hungarian KC-390s’ support after entry into service,” says Leonardo Lopes Ferrucci, head of Embraer Defense & Security Hungary.

“Aeroplex will apply all our knowledge and diversified portfolio to serve the KC-390 Millennium,” says Demany Arpad, chief executive of the Budapest-headquartered company.

Deliveries of Hungary’s KC-390s will begin in 2024, with its aircraft to be capable of conducting airlift tasks and air-to-air refuelling duties. Its new assets also will be equipped with an intensive care unit-standard medical evacuation capability, for use during humanitarian relief operations.

The NATO nation will follow Brazil and Portugal in introducing the International Aero Engines V2500-powered KC-390 to service.