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​Elbit to supply EW kit for Portugal KC-390s

Lisbon has selected Elbit Systems to provide the electronic warfare (EW) suite of its five new Embraer KC-390 tactical transports.

The suite includes radar and laser warning systems, an infrared (IR) missile warning systems, a countermeasures dispensing system, DIRCM (Direction IR countermeasures) and an active electronic countermeasures system, says Elbit.

The deal is subject to a Portuguese government approval process, says Elbit. The cost of the deal was not disclosed.

“The Portuguese Air Force is a long-standing strategic partner of Elbit Systems and we are proud of the selection to provide them with enhanced survivability for their new fleet of KC-390 aircraft,” says Elbit Systems vice president Edgar Maimon.

The Elbit EW news comes days after the formal contract signing between Embraer and Portugal. The order was originally announced in July.

A first delivery will be made to the NATO member nation in February 2023, with the remaining examples to follow at a rate of one per year until February 2027.

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