The Embraer KC-390 is a military transport aircraft that is medium-sized, and that is powered by twin-engines. It is capable of performing aerial refueling and used for transporting both troops and cargo.
The Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer is developing this aircraft. It is the largest aircraft produced by the company. It can transport more than 20 tons worth of cargo, including wheeled armored vehicles.
Recent News and Accolades
In recent news, the aircraft was rolled out in October, painted in the colors of the Brazilian air force. Embraer will prepare the KC390 for its first flight by the end of the year.
The aircraft is expected to undergo a variety of avionic tests to ensure that all of its components are working seamlessly with one another. The second prototype for the KC390 will be produced shortly after the first one, say officials. The concept for the aircraft is new and innovative, which is why there is good reason to believe that there will be a substantial market for these aircrafts in the near future.
Features & Achievements
This plane has the ability to carry about 80 passengers or slightly more than 60 airborne troops. Without passengers, it can carry 6 pallets, which is quite impressive. The length of the plane is about 34 meters, which is about 111 feet. Its height is about 10 meters, or 34 feet, and its wingspan is about 35 meters, or about 115 feet.
The fuel capacity for this aircraft is about 37 tons. The maximum speed for the Embraer KC390 is about 850 km/h. This plane has experienced many notable achievements since its conception. In October of 2010, Embraer announced that there would be a future acquisition of six of these aircrafts into the Argentine Air Force.
On February 14th, 2012, the Defense Minister of Brazil made an announcement stating that they were interested in potentially purchasing an undisclosed number of these aircrafts. As of April of 2013, there were a total of six countries that had already committed to purchasing 50+ aircrafts. These countries included Portugal, the Czech Republic, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.