Embraer has chosen Portugal to undertake the maintenance and future modifications of the A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft, used by 15 air forces around the world, including the United States.
The Brazilian company announced this Wednesday that it will begin training its subsidiary in Portugal, OGMA SA, “to carry out the support and maintenance of the A-29 Super Tucano fighter, in addition to future modifications of the aircraft that meet to the demands of present and future customers in the region,” reads a press release.
Thus, OGMA, located in Alverca, will be the first factory in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the capacity to maintain and modify these aircraft. Today, OGMA already provides logistical support to the A-29 Super Tucano demonstrator, “providing technicians to enable demonstration missions around the world”.
So far, Embraer has delivered more than 260 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the 15 air forces that already use these fighters, including the US armed forces of Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Angola. .
According to the Brazilian company, as a first step, OGMA will be certified for the maintenance of the A-29 Super Tucano, in order to “generate income in the provision of services to current customers, constituting another immediate opportunity for OGMA to continue to to grow, to generate value in Portugal and to strengthen the national aeronautical cluster”.
Going forward, the plant will be ready to modernize the military aircraft, meet “the needs of its current operators” and be “a service center of excellence for the aircraft,” said Johann Bordais, president. and CEO, Embraer Services and Support. .
Embraer stresses that OGMA “is a strategic asset” and that it continues to invest in the Portuguese subsidiary even after privatization, recalling the investment of 74 million euros, made in 2020, allowing the company to obtain certification for the maintenance of GTF engines by Pratt & Whitney, used by the new generation of commercial aircraft.
The deal will create 300 jobs and could triple OGMA’s annual revenue to 600 million euros, the Brazilian company said in a statement.