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Embraer’s Multinational KC-390 Tactical Air Transport Program

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Embraer re: KC-390

June 21/23: FOC The Brazilian Air Force has taken delivery of its sixth C-390 Millennium military transport aircraft from Embraer. The aircraft is the country’s first in the full operational capability (FOC) configuration, confirming that it meets all requirements set by the service. According to the company, the newly-delivered C-390 can now carry out all missions for which it was designed, including cargo transport and aerial refueling.

 

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KC-390 refuels AMXs (click to view full) Global competition in the 20-ton air transport segment continues to intensify, with Brazil’s launch of its KC-390 program. Embraer figures reportedly place the global C-130 replacement market at around 700 aircraft. In response, it will develop a jet-powered rival to compete with Lockheed Martin’s C-130J, the larger Airbus A400M, Russia’s AN-12 and its Chinese copy the Yun-8/9, and the bi-national Irkut/HAL MRTA project. Smaller aircraft like the EADS-CASA C-295M, and Alenia’s C-27J, represent indirect competition. Embraer is extending its efforts and markets by crafting a jet-powered medium transport with a cargo capacity of around 23 tons, that can be refueled in the air, and can provide refueling services to other aircraft by adding dedicated pods. The KC-390 has now become a multinational program, and may be shaping up as the C-130’s most formidable future competitor. A tie-up with Boeing underscores the seriousness of Embraer’s effort, which is now a production program… The KC-390: Program KC-390 schedule, 2010 (click to view full) Brazil’s aerospace industry has made impressive global gains in the civilian business and regional jet segments, and in the military market for primary trainer and counterinsurgency aircraft. Slumping civilian demand recently led […]

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