First KC-390 delivered to Brazil
Embraer has delivered the first KC-390 airlifter to the Brazilian air force (FAB).
Handed over during a ceremony held at Anápolis air base in the state of Goiás, this marks the beginning of the aircraft’s entry into service by the FAB’s first troop transport group (1st GTT), for which Embraer has been conducting theoretical and practical training in anticipation of the start of operations.
The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian air force and Embraer, and in 2014 the FAB ordered 28 examples plus initial logistical support.
The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory in São Paulo state, and the KC-390 was granted its type certification by the Brazilian ANAC civil aviation authority in 2018, at which point it achieved initial operational capability (IOC).
‘The incorporation of the KC-390 into the Brazilian air force is a milestone in military aviation,’ Lt Brig Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, commander of the Brazilian air force, said.
‘Its modernity will bring an implementation and improvement in the doctrine of use of this multi-mission vector, greatly contributing to the fulfilment of the mission to control, defend and integrate the 22 million square kilometres under our responsibility.’
The FAB and Embraer Services & Support have entered into a five-year services and support contract to sustain the aircraft, under which the company’s portfolio of TechCare offerings will provide logistical and engineering support, maintenance control, component repair, support staff for the aircraft’s entry into service, and materials supply.
An additional package including structural analysis work, maintenance bulletin development, and aircraft painting, among other services, is also being delivered.
The KC-390 has additionally been ordered by the Portuguese government, which committed to acquiring five units in August.
The aircraft can carry out missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, forest fire fighting, cargo and troop transport and launch, as well as aerial refuelling.
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