Austria's Air Future: Embraer's C-390 Set to Replace the Stalwart C-130

PeopleOther ♦ Published: September 20, 2023; 22:54 ♦ (Vindobona)

In a landmark decision, Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner, flanked by National Armaments Director Major General Harald Vodosek, announced the intended replacement for the Austrian Armed Forces' reliable yet aging C-130 "Hercules": the Embraer C-390.

An aircraft of this type costs between 130 and 150 million euros to procure. / Picture: © AVIATION PHOTOCREW

Austria's decision to adopt the C-390 comes at a crucial juncture. The current fleet of C-130 "Hercules", purchased two decades ago, has reached an age where maintenance isn't just costly, but potentially untenable. "Since 2003, the 'Hercules' fleet has stood as a bulwark for our defense and logistical needs," Tanner stated, reflecting on the aircraft's long-standing service. "However,…