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Canada: one step closer to new fixed wing SAR

Canada is set to close a tender for a new Fix Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft on 11 January. Making a bid are FNM Aeronautics (formerly Alenia Aermacchi) with its C-27J Spartan,  Airbus with its C295 and reportedly, Embraer with its yet-to-finish-development KC-390. Also, Lockheed Martin wil probably pitch its C-130J Super Hercules.

The closing of the tender marks the beginning of a selection in which the Brazilian KC-390 is definitely an outsider with a marginally chance of winning. The new aircraft should replace ageing de Havilland CC-115 Buffalos and Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft needed for other tasks.

The CC-115 has been in service for nearly five decades, providing long range SAR coverage over vast empty oceans and vast empty stretches of Arctic ice. The new aircraft is to do exactly the same.

A C-27J Spartan. (Image © Jorge Ruivo)
A C-27J Spartan. (Image © Jorge Ruivo)

Quest

Canada’s quest for an FWSAR aircraft has been a prolonged one. It started in 2004 and should have materialized into a ready aircraft in 2009. For various and mainly political reasons, that never happened.

The new type should be selected later in 2016 and deliveries are to start in 2018 with completion in 2023. A number of 17 aircraft has been mentioned, but it remains to be seen wether that will actually be the number on the final contract.

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Featured image: A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-115 Buffalo. (Image © RCAF / Miranda Langguth)

First flight of the new KC-390 (Image © Embraer S.A.)
The new KC-390, seen here during its first flight. (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.

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Featured image (top):  The Embraer KC-390. (Image © Embraer S.A.)

Promising Brazilian airlifter KC-390 makes first flight

The promising Brazilian indigenous airlifter Embraer KC-390 made its first flight on 3 February 2015, the manufacturer announced through social media. The flight lasted 85 minutes and was aimed at evaluating flight characteristics and conducting a variety of systems tests. Upon arrival back at the airfield in São José dos Campos, the test pilots remarked the aircraft is ‘docile and predictable’. We’ll take that as good thing.

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.

Interest
In June 2010, the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) decided to buy 28 aircraft. Other countries showing interest are Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Colombia. Equipped with wing mounted in-flight refuelling pods, the KC-390 is destined to become a future tanker for the 36 or more SAAB JAS 39E/F Gripen multi-role fighters the Brazilian Air Force is buying.

The first KC-390 was rolled out on 21 October (see images and video). It is the biggest aircraft ever designed and produced in Brazil, Embraer twittered proudly.

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

Embraer KC-390 runs like a smooth taxi

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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The KC-390, seen just after it was rolled out of its hanger in October 2014. (Image © Embraer)
The KC-390, seen just after it was rolled out of its hanger in October 2014. (Image © Embraer)

Embraer rolls out KC-390

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.

Interest
In June 2010, the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) decided to buy 28 aircraft. Other countries showing interest are Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Colombia.

The roll out aircraft is the first of two prototypes that will be used in the development, ground, flight and certification test campaigns. The aircraft will first go through initial systems evaluations leading to the first engine run, and then to ground vibration tests and other ground tests. First flight is scheduled for later this year, with first deliveries following in two years time.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The KC-390, wearing the standard two-tone Brazilian Air Force paint scheme, is seen here just after it was rolled out of its hanger. (Image © Embraer)

The KC-390 draws a crowd. (Image © Embraer)
The KC-390 draws a crowd. (Image © Embraer)

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