Brazilian Air Force Receives First Multi-Mission Aircraft KC-390
(Source: Brazilian Ministry of Defence; issued September 05, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C) in front of the first production KC-390 with Embraer CEO Jackson Schneider (R), FAB chief Lt. Brig. Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez and Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva (L) during the delivery ceremony. (FAB photo)
BRASÍLIA --- The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) on Wednesday took delivery, at Wing 2 in Anápolis (GO), of the first multi-mission aircraft KC-390. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro presided over the ceremony, accompanied by Minister of Defense Fernando Azevedo e Silva and Air Force Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez. The ceremony was also attended by Ministers of State, Navy, Army and Air Force Generals, civil and military authorities, and Embraer executives.

The Santos-Dumont Military Honors Squadron, from Wing 1 in Brasilia (DF) adopted the device of a Winged Gladiator, symbol of the FAB, in honor of the receipt of the new aircraft. The unit also included military personnel from the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT) and the 2nd Wing troop. The 1st GTT will be the KC-390 Operator Squadron.

The aircraft, the result of a partnership between FAB and Embraer, has established itself on the world stage as a new aircraft standard for military employment. Embraer President Jackson Schneider formally handed over the aircraft to the FAB. He highlighted the positive results of the cooperation between the two institutions, which has lasted for over 50 years. “A long and fruitful interaction. We are proud of Embraer, the Air Force and, above all, we are proud of Brazil," he said.

During the event, Air Force Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Bermudez praised the operational capabilities of the new multi-mission aircraft. "Today, the FAB has received the largest military aircraft ever produced in Brazil, the KC-390. It represents a milestone in FAB process excellence and will certainly boost the Defense Industrial Base in Brazil," he said.


Brazilian Air Force video of the Sept. 4 handover ceremony at Anapolis.


The delivery of the new aircraft took place with the traditional baptism, which was attended by Minister of Defense Fernando Azevedo e Silva. “I am proud, not only as a minister, but also as a Brazilian citizen, to participate in this moment,” said the minister.

President Bolsonaro stressed the importance of materializing the KC-390, a Brazilian project. "It is an aircraft that has arrived to add to the country and collaborate in fulfilling the mission of the Air Force," he said.

Operational Capacity

Largest military aircraft developed and manufactured in the Southern Hemisphere, the KC-390 is capable of carrying out logistical air transport, flight refueling (REVO), air evacuation, search and rescue, humanitarian aid and fire-fighting missions, among others.

The KC-390 was developed to meet FAB operational requirements, providing strategic mobility to the Brazilian Defense Forces. The first units of the new multi-mission aircraft will be based with Wing 2 in Anapolis (GO).

According to Wing 2 Commander, Colonel Aviator Antonio Marcos Godoy Soares Mioni Rodrigues, receiving the new vector will be a watershed at the FAB. “This moment is a milestone for the Air Force. The KC-390 will give us greater speed, higher payload and longer range, "he said.

Commander of the 1st GTT, Lieutenant Colonel Aviator Luiz Fernando Rezende Ferraz, highlights the pride of being at the head of the Squadron that will operate the aircraft. “It's a mix of pride and responsibility. It's a dream come true and you can't help but get emotional,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ferraz.

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Embraer Delivers the First Multi-mission Airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
(Source: Embraer; issued September 04, 2019)
ANÁPOLIS, Brazil --- Embraer delivered today to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base, in the mid-western state of Goiás, starting preparations for the aircraft’s entry into service by FAB’s First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT). Embraer has been conducting theoretical and practical training with the Air Force teams to start operations.

The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its class, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost in the market. The program represents a significant advance in terms of technology and innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry and an operational improvement for FAB's transport aviation. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state.

The KC-390 was granted the Type Certificate by the Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) in 2018, when it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), which ensures that the necessary conditions have been met for the aircraft to start operations.
“The incorporation of the KC-390 into the Brazilian Air Force is a milestone in military aviation. Its modernity will bring an implementation and improvement in the doctrine of use of this multi-mission vector, greatly contributing to the fulfillment of the mission to control, defend and integrate the 22 million square kilometers under our responsibility”, said the Brazilian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez.

“The entry into service of the KC-390 by FAB represents an important milestone for the program and it will certainly increase the growing international interest for this aircraft, consolidating the path to new sales”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “We are confident that the KC-390, in addition to successfully fulfilling the missions required by our Air Force, will have a positive economic impact on job creation and new investments in Brazil, as well as high value-added exports.”

In order to maximize the operational availability of the KC-390 fleet in the fulfillment of the respective missions, FAB and Embraer Services & Support signed a comprehensive five-year services and support contract. Under the agreement, Embraer’s portfolio of solutions TechCare will be responsible for logistical and engineering support, maintenance control, component repair, support staff for the aircraft entry into service, materials supply and an additional package that includes structural analysis, maintenance bulletin development, and aircraft painting, among other services.

The KC-390, which was recently ordered by the Portuguese Government, can carry out various missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, forest fire fighting and superior cargo and troop transport and launch capabilities, as well as aerial refueling.

Equipped with two International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan engines, the latest avionics, a rear ramp, and an advanced cargo handling system, the KC-390 is capable of carrying up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), with ability to operate in austere environments, including unpaved or damaged runways. The aircraft can carry troops, pallets, armored wheeled vehicles and helicopters.

The performance of the KC-390 benefits from a modern fly-by-wire control system with integrated technology that lowers the workload of the crew and increases the safety of its operation. Furthermore, the KC-390 can refuel other aircraft in flight, with the installation of removable internal fuel tanks. The aircraft can also be refueled in flight, thus providing greater flexibility for longer missions. An advanced self-defense system increases the aircraft’s survival capability in hostile environments.


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