Saturday, 10 March 2018

Brazil expects to receive first KC-390s this year

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

The Brazilian Air Force will receive its first two serial-production Embraer KC-390 multi-mission aircraft in the second half of 2018, the company told Jane’s on 8 March. The aircraft will initially be fielded by the newly established Kilo Group from Wing 2 located at Anápolis in the state of Goiás.

Twenty-eight serial-production aircraft were ordered for BRL7.25 billion (USD2.23 billion) in May 2014 and an amendment for two prototypes worth BRL72.86 million was placed the same month.

Initial operational capability was achieved in December 2017 and final operational capability is planned for late 2018, Embraer said.

The KC-390 is designed for roles such as transport and airdropping, search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, disaster relief, firefighting, and airborne refuelling.

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