TSAMTO, November 1. According to the results held in Cordoba meeting of defense ministers of Brazil and Argentina, Nelson Jobim Nilda Garre and the parties signed a Declaration of Intent providing for the participation of Argentina in the program to develop a military transport plane KC-390 company Embraer.
The agreement allows you to start negotiations on the participation of the Argentinean company aircraft construction enterprises Argentina im.Sen Martin »(FAdeA) in designing and manufacturing new aircraft, as well as the purchase of six KC-390 for the Argentine Air Force.
Argentina became the fifth country to sign an agreement of intent to participate in the program, KC-390. Earlier, on August 24 defense ministers of Chile and Brazil signed an agreement that provides the opportunity to participate in the development of the aircraft of the Chilean aviation companies. Sept. 1 a similar agreement signed by the Minister of Defence of Brazil with a colleague from Columbia, September 10 - Minister of Defence of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, and September 13 - Chapter Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra.
Thus, at the moment a potential order book (formal contracts are signed) on the KC-390 aircraft is 60 units including 28 units. for Brazil, 12 - Colombia 6 - Chile 6 - Portugal 2 - Czech Republic and 6 - Argentina.
As expected, production of prototypes will start in late 2012, flight tests are scheduled at the end of 2014 - the beginning of 2015. Achieving the initial aircraft state of readiness for combat use is expected in 2015, the total - in 2016. The international market the aircraft can do in 2018.
At the same time Defense Minister Nilda Garre Argentina confirmed its intention to implement the country's leadership for FAdeA two-year investment program of $ 27 million dollars, which includes the purchase and modernization of equipment for enterprises, and development of new training aircraft basic training for IA-73. Flight tests of a new TCB is scheduled for 2013.