Embraer’s KC-390 tactical transport aircraft completes 40-day demonstration tour
Embraer Defense and Security has announced that its KC-390 military transport and tanker jet has successfully completed its 40-day demonstration tour.
During the tour, the aircraft made 52 landings in 18 different countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
The transport tanker was showcased at the 52nd annual Paris Air Show this June and continued to a series of flight demonstrations before returning to Brazil.
It recorded 130 flight hours in total, including several demonstration flights with representatives of potential operators.
Embraer Defense and Security CEO and president Jackson Schneider said: "This tour allowed several representatives of potential operators to familiarise with the KC-390 and to learn about its flexibility, which makes it capable of carrying out a broad range of missions.
"Everyone who had the chance to fly the aircraft praised its operational capabilities and its advanced design, which includes proven latest-generation technologies."
The aircraft demonstrated high-temperature and high-altitude takeoffs, low-level navigation and simulated operational conditions, such as paratroopers dropping during the demonstration covering 91,743km.
The Brazilian Air Force contracted Embraer in 2009 to develop the aircraft, which is expected to achieve initial operational capability by the end of this year.
Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in the first semester of next year.
The KC-390 is a tactical transport aircraft that can be used in transporting cargo, troops or paratroopers, aerial refuelling, as well as humanitarian missions, search-and-rescue missions, medical evacuation, and aerial firefighting.
It is capable of transporting up to 26 metric tonnes of cargo at a maximum speed of 470k.
Image: The KC-390 recorded 130 flight hours in total, including several demonstration flights with representatives of potential operators. Photo: courtesy of Embraer.