First flight of the new KC-390 (Image © Embraer S.A.)

KC-390 delayed by two years

Deliveries of the first Embraer KC-390 tactical transport and tanker aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force are delayed until the first half of 2018, Embraer reported on 30 July in its quarterly results. The KC-390 first flew on 3 February, staying airborne for 85 minutes. However, test flights have since been halted to allow for the installation of test equipment  for certification trials.

According to Embraer, the flight test campaign of the KC-390 is expected to start again in Q3 2015 and is expected to last between 18 and 24 months and 2,000 flight hours. The company now expects to receive certification of the KC-390 jet in the second half of 2017, with first deliveries of the aircraft the following year.

Previously, the Embraer was aiming at 2016 for first deliveries. Brazil has 28 aircraft on order. Other countries showing interest are Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Colombia.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top):  The Embraer KC-390. (Image © Embraer S.A.)