During a press conference held today, Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner, alongside Major General Harald Vodosek, announced that the Embraer C-390 will be the new replacement for the C-130 Hercules which has been in operation with the Austrian Armed Forces for two decades.
According to Defence Minister Tanner, the Embraer C-390 is the only aircraft system in the 20-ton class that meets all of their requirements and is thus the best choice to replace the C-130 Hercules.
The procurement of four planes is planned to ensure that all tasks are covered, with each aircraft costing between 130 and 150 million euros. Other nations such as Brazil, Portugal, and Hungary are already using the C-390, and Austria is seeking collaboration to make purchases more cost-effective and to create synergies, including training opportunities.
The Netherlands is one of the nations with which Austria is negotiating a collaboration. The first new aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2026/2027 after successful negotiations.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft were bought second-hand 20 years ago and are now 56 years old, requiring expensive maintenance. The future aircraft system will also be stationed in Linz/Hörsching, and the C-390 can transport up to 80 passengers.
Defence Minister Tanner said: “It’s a big step towards a modern army and thus more security for the Austrian population.”