Elbit Systems to Provide Complete EW Suite for Portuguese Air Force’s New KC-390 Aircraft

Elbit Systems announced that it was selected by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (MoD) to supply a complete Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for the Portuguese Air Force’s (PtAF) new Embraer KC-390 multi-mission airlifters.

Finalization of the contract is subject to completion of the Portuguese Government approval process.

The complete EW suite to be supplied by Elbit Systems for the PtAF’s KC-390 aircraft will be comprised of a Radar and Laser Warning Systems, IR Missile Warning System, Countermeasures Dispensing System as well as the Directional IR Countermeasures (DIRCM) system and Active Electronic Countermeasure (AECM) system. This complete EW suite will provide the platforms with advanced protection to achieve the customer’s operational requirements.

Edgar Maimon, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra, commented: “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”.

The Portuguese Government recently signed a contract with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer for the acquisition of five KC-390 multi-mission airlifters at a ceremony held at Embraer’s facility in Évora, Portugal.

The contract also includes services and support and a flight simulator as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.



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