Embraer is set to conduct a series of flight trials of its new KC-390 multi-mission military transport and tanker jet in the US.
The flight trials will be carried out at Embraer’s facility in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of KC-390’s flight test campaign for certification.
The aircraft will undergo tests in the avionics systems and measurement of external noise and operations with crosswind over the next two to three weeks.
Embraer Defense and Security president and CEO Jackson Schneider said: “The KC-390 sets new standards in the market and the flight test campaign is progressing extremely well matching the aircraft design goals.
“We are very satisfied with the maturity that this product has already reached and fully confident that its certification will be achieved as scheduled.”
The KC-390 has been designed to perform a wide range of missions such as transporting cargo, troops or dropping paratroopers, aerial refuelling, search-and-rescue, medical evacuation and aerial firefighting, in addition to supporting humanitarian missions.
The aircraft can transport up to 26mt of cargo while flying at a maximum speed of 870km/h.
It can operate in hostile environments, including take-off from unprepared or damaged runways.
Since October 2015, both KC-390 prototypes have recorded more than 1,450 flight hours.
The aircraft is expected to achieve initial operational capability by the end of this year, with the first delivery scheduled to take place next year.