Taxi! Not your everyday yellow cab at Gavião Peixoto airfield in Brazil last Friday, when Embraer’s new KC-390 tactical airlifter was making its first baby steps on the taxi lane. The milestone in the 4.6 billion dollar development for the Brazilian Air Force was caught in the act by media outlet Globo (PRESS PLAY).
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer rolled out the first KC-390 medium transport aircraft on Tuesday 21 October 2014. The aircraft, which can also be reconfigured for an air-to-air tanker role, is the biggest aircraft ever to be designed and produced in the South American country.
The KC-390 is a twin IAE V2500-E5 turbofan cargo aircraft capable of carrying 23 tonnes of cargo, and uses many components of Embraer’s E-Jet design. According to its manufacturer, the new type uses state-of-the-art avionics, with dual Head Up Display (HUD) and a full-featured mission system, including accurate computed air release point (CARP). It is equipped with a complete self-protection system and is Night Vision Goggles (NVG) compatible. The KC-390 is also said to be capable of operating from short and semi-prepared airstrips.
In June 2010, the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) decided to buy 28 aircraft, with currently planned introduction into service in 2016. Other countries showing interest are Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Colombia.
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