Embraer's KC-390 basic vehicle has received provisional type certificate from the Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute (IFI), a Brazilian Air Force organisation that is responsible for military certification.
The certificate was awarded after IFI confirmed that the basic configuration of KC-390 is in line with the certification basis requirements.
Embraer Defense & Security president and CEO Jackson Schneider said: “Achieving this milestone demonstrates the design maturity that is allowing the tests campaign to progress as planned and with high-efficiency.”
The IFI and Embraer are working together for the better integration, as well as improving and validating programme processes and procedures that are aimed at achieving initial operational capability declaration (IOC) and the certification of the final operational capability (FOC) for the aircraft in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Flight testing of the KC-390 has begun in October last year and is currently underway.
The aircraft using latest engineering tools had recorded more than 650 flight hours by early November.
Equipped with a modern cargo handling system, the KC-390 aircraft can transport large-sized cargo such as pallets, vehicles, helicopters, in addition to troops, paratroopers, medevac stretcher or mixed configurations.
The aircraft is fitted with an advance, integrated avionic system and a fly-by-wire flight control and it can be used to perform medical evacuation, search and rescue, as well as fight forest wildfires, among other missions.
The KC-390 with ballistic protection can also be equipped with an advanced self-defence system.
Image: Embraer KC-390 prototype. Photo: courtesy of WantuilDepaula.