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The initial operational test and evaluation period is expected to be complete this year.
The contract has a five-year base period to May 2, 2019, with an option to extend to 2024.
The Brazilian air force will take first delivery of the airlifter at the end of 2016.
Multi-role combat aicraft and multi-role tanker are among the aircraft covered by deals likely to be signed this year.
Relief organizations currently rely largely on old, environmentally unfriendly Russian airlifters.
The program's nine-year development is set to end this year, with no production order from the U.S., Germany or Italy.
The order represents the first direct commercial sale of the latest generation countermeasures suite, BAE said.
A turboprop trainer, attack helicopter and UAV were among the aircraft the nation showed at ILA Berlin.
Defense exhibitors and attendees at ILA Berlin are mostly focused on German requirements, but the Germans are not buying anything.
The question of certification looms large in any evaluation of future MALE UAVs for European nations.