Friday, 7 September 2012

Embraer Presents Solutions for the Brazilian Air Force’s New KC-390

Between 20 and 29 August, the KC-390 development team met with military experts from the Força Aérea Brasiliera (FAB) for the program’s Preliminary Design Review, during which engineering solutions adopted by Embraer for the structure and the various aircraft systems were reviewed.

In March 2013, a further meeting will freeze the final configuration of the KC-390 and release production drawings, the last phase before the construction of prototypes.

During the PDR meeting, experts from Embraer used the components and interfaces that have already been defined to demonstrate the maturity of the project. These include the cockpit, which has an engineering simulator ready. Air Force personnel will now be able to see what the KC-390 cockpit will look like.

The new aircraft will make its maiden flight in 2014 and first deliveries are scheduled for the FAB in 2016. The KC-390 will replace the C-130 Hercules for transport and in-flight refueling missions.

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