the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
(FAB) on Wednesday.
The aircraft will enter service with FAB’s First
Troop Transport Group (1st GTT).
The KC-390 was developed as a joint
project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. The program
represents a significant advance in terms of technology and
innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry and an
operational improvement for FAB's transport aviation.
In 2014, FAB
signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and
initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state.
The KC-390 was
granted Type Certificate by the Brazilian civil aviation
authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) in 2018, when
it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), which ensures
that the necessary conditions have been met for the aircraft to
“The incorporation of the KC-390 into the
Brazilian Air Force is a milestone in military aviation. Its
modernity will bring an implementation and improvement in the
doctrine of use of this multi-mission vector, greatly contributing
to the fulfillment of the mission to control, defend and integrate
the 22 million square kilometers under our responsibility,” said
the Brazilian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio
Carlos Moretti Bermudez.
In order to maximize the operational availability of the
KC-390 fleet in the fulfillment of the respective missions, FAB
and Embraer Services & Support signed a comprehensive five-year
services and support contract. Under the agreement, Embraer’s
portfolio of solutions TechCare will be responsible for logistical
and engineering support, maintenance control, component repair,
support staff for the aircraft entry into service, materials
supply and an additional package that includes structural
analysis, maintenance bulletin development, and aircraft painting,
among other services.
“The entry into service of the
KC-390 by FAB represents an important milestone for the program
and it will certainly increase the growing international interest
for this aircraft, consolidating the path to new sales,” said
Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense &
Security. “We are confident that the KC-390, in addition to
successfully fulfilling the missions required by our Air Force,
will have a positive economic impact on job creation and new
investments in Brazil, as well as high value-added exports.”
The KC-390, which was also recently
ordered by the Portuguese Government, can carry out various
missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation,
search and rescue, forest fire fighting and superior cargo and
troop transport and launch capabilities, as well as aerial
Equipped with two International Aero Engines
V2500 turbofan engines, the latest avionics, a rear ramp, and an
advanced cargo handling system, the KC-390 is capable of carrying
up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870
km/h), with ability to operate in austere environments, including
unpaved or damaged runways. The aircraft can carry troops,
pallets, armored wheeled vehicles and helicopters.
Furthermore, the KC-390 can refuel other aircraft in flight, with
the installation of removable internal fuel tanks. The aircraft
can also be refueled in flight, thus providing greater flexibility
for longer missions. An advanced self-defense system increases the
aircraft’s survival capability in hostile environments.