Embraer will deliver two KC-390 medium-lift transport aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force in 2018.
As two prototypes advance through the flight testing campaign, the first production aircraft is already being assembled at the Embraer facility in Gavião Peixoto, Sao Paolo state, the air force said in a press release Monday.
"It is a very important project, and it is in the final stages of development. We need to already have the aircraft operating in our units from the middle of next year," says the Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Nivaldo Luiz Rossato.
The 28 aircraft on order will replace the C-130 Hercules fleet operated by the FAB since 1964. The new aircraft will perform missions such as operations on small runways in the Amazon, dropping paratroopers, in-flight refueling, landing in Antarctica and air-dropping cargo in flight, among others.
"The KC-390 will be the backbone of the Brazilian Air Force's transport aviation. From the Amazon to the Antarctic, the fleet of 28 aircraft will play a fundamental role for the most diverse projects of the Brazilian state, from scientific research to the maintenance of sovereignty," explains the Commander of the Air Force. "The importance of the KC-390 is explained not only by the ability to export and generate wealth, but the creation of 8,500 jobs," says Lieutenant-Gen. Rossato.
The Brazilian air force has started testing aerial refueling capabilities of Embraers KC-390 airlifter. "Since the F-5M and KC-390 have different envelopes, it is necessary to find a third envelope, at the intersection of the between the two aircraft, to carry out refueling," Lt
Embraers KC-390 Basic Vehicle has recently been certified by the IFI (Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute), the Brazilian Air Force organization responsible for military certification. The Provisional Type Certificate attests that the KC-390 in this basic configuration complies with the certification basis requirements
Embraer Defence and Security has achieved a significant milestone in the KC-390 Tactical Military Tanker and Transport Aircraft program by demonstrating the Cobham aerial refuelling systems installed in KC-390's prototype 001. Configured as a tanker for the first time, a KC-390 test aircraft fitted with Cobham 912E wing mounted pods completed a series of successful flight trials during May 2016
Embraers certification for the KC-390 tanker-transport has delayed to the second half of 2017. Further, Embraer is planning to deliver the first KC-390 cargo jets in the first half of 2018, extending a deadline originally set for the end of 2016
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