The plan is to secure four aircraft to ensure readiness for a wide range of missions. The estimated procurement cost for each aircraft falls within the range of 130 to 150 million euros, Austria’s Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner said.
Several other countries, including Brazil, Portugal, and Hungary, have already embraced the C-390 Millennium, paving the way for potential collaborative efforts to streamline purchases and promote cost-efficiency, particularly in training.
Austria is actively pursuing cooperation with the Netherlands, with negotiations already underway. Pending successful discussions, the delivery of the first new aircraft could be expected by 2026/2027.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft, purchased secondhand two decades ago, have now reached 56 years in age. The high cost of essential maintenance has made it imperative to seek a successor system in the 20-tonne category.
The forthcoming aircraft system will also be stationed in Linz/Hörsching. Notably, the C-390 Millennium boasts a capacity to transport up to 80 passengers, enhancing Austria’s airlift capabilities.