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Elbit Systems awarded $50 Million contract by the Portuguese MoD to provide a complete EW suite for new KC-390 aircraft


Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on October 31 that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $50 million from the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (MoD) to supply the Portuguese Air Force ("PtAF") with a complete Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and Customer Logistics Support for the new KC-390 multi-mission aircraft.


Elbit Systems awarded 50 Million contract by the Portuguese MoD to provide a complete EW suite for new KC 390 aircraft Embraer KC-390 (Picture source: Marcos Corrêa)


The Embraer KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft in production by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, able to perform aerial refuelling and to transport cargo and troops. It is the heaviest aircraft that the company has made to date, and will be able to transport up to 26 tonnes (29 tons) of cargo, including wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply the PtAF's KC-390 aircraft with a complete EW suite comprised of Radar and Laser Warning Systems, IR Missile Warning System, Countermeasures Dispensing System, a Directional IR Countermeasures (DIRCM) system and Active ECM (AECM) POD system.

The contract will be performed over a five-year period.