Embraer has taken delivery of Pro Line Fusion flight test software from Rockwell Collins for use in the KC-390 military transport aircraft.

In May 2011, Embraer selected Pro Line Fusion software, which is currently under configuration control and enables the company to complete the aircraft systems integration.

Rockwell Collins Americas vice-president and managing director Alan Prowse said: "This milestone is very important for Embraer to progress to their first flight and exemplifies how the KC-390 team, led by Rockwell Collins do Brazil, continued its dedication to meet its commitments to this key customer on time, and with quality content."

Launched in 2012, Pro Line Fusion software helps pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation, and is fitted with an advanced man-machine interface, automatic reconfiguration capability, and high-capacity data exchange bus.

The software is designed for light jets, intercontinental business, air transport and military tanker special mission aircraft.

"Pro Line Fusion software helps pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation using an advanced man-machine interface."

Powered by two IAE V2500-E5 turbofan engines, the KC-390 is a medium-lift military transport aircraft designed to conduct troop and cargo transport in Antarctic and Amazon regions, aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling, search-and-rescue (SAR), and medical evacuation missions.

Embraer is currently manufacturing 28 KC-390 aircraft, as part of a $1.3bn contract awarded by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in 2009, to help replace its existing 22 C-130E/Hs and KC-130 aircraft fleet.

The aircraft’s initial test flight is expected to take place in 2014, followed by entry into operational service in 2016.

Rockwell Collins is also currently manufacturing components for the KC-390 programme in Brazil.

In addition to this, the company has fully established its programme management and engineering team in Brazil to support the programme.

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