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Embraer’s KC-390 achieves IOC

28th December 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Embraer’s KC-390 military transport and aerial refuelling aircraft has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the company announced on 20 December.

As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). The achievement of the IOC confirms that the aircraft has met all the necessary conditions required to begin operations with the FAB.

The test campaign has accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours with two prototypes and more than 40,000 hours of laboratory testing of the aircraft's various systems. The structural tests campaign is about to complete with only the full-scale fatigue test remaining.

The final Type Certificate will be issued by ANAC in 2018. In-flight tests of various military functions will be completed, including the remaining aerial refueling and cargo drop tests, to fulfill the requirements to receive the final military certification of the aircraft - final operational capability.

Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defence and Security, said: ‘We are pleased to announce the achievement of this important milestone for the KC-390 programme. The certification campaign has progressed as planned and the tests performed have been very successful, proving the maturity of the aircraft and confirming the performance and the anticipated capacities.’

The delivery of the first series aircraft to the FAB is scheduled to take place in 2018.

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