New powerful Millennium KC-390 military aircraft will serve the Brazilian army

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BRASILIA, (BM) – After the completion of the acceptance procedure, the Brazilian company Embraer on June 27 handed over to the Brazilian Air Force the third Millennium KC-390 military transport aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Airplane with rn FAB-2855 landed at Anapolis airbase at 16:35 local time.

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The acceptance procedure for the new KC-390 took place from May 4 to June 26, 2020. It was attended by the Flight Research and Testing Institute (IPEV), the Brazilian Air Force Coordinating Commission for Combat Aviation (COPAC – Comissao Coordenadora do Programa Aeronave de Combate), the Monitoring and Control Group (GAC-PAC), the Institute Trade Facilitation and Industrial Coordination (IFI), etc.

The new aircraft will be part of the 2nd air wing of the 1st transport aviation group (1 Grupo de Transporte de Tropa – 1 GTT), formed in 2018 in Anapolis.

As planned, in the near future, the new KC-390 will begin to perform tasks for which two other aircraft are already being used. In particular, aircraft are currently used to transport patients and equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to TSAMTO, in May 2014, the Brazilian Air Force Combat Aviation Coordination Commission (COPAC) signed with Embraer a contract for the supply of 28 KC-390 aircraft and initial logistics support for ten years. The cost of the agreement is estimated at 7.25 billion riyals (3.26 billion dollars at the time of signing).

In the same month, an amendment to the contract was signed, providing for the delivery of two prototypes worth 72.86 million rials. Airplanes are assembled at an enterprise in Gaviao Peixiot (São Paulo). The new KC-390 will replace the Hercules C-130 / KC-130 turboprops that have been in service since the 1960s.

KC-390 is designed for transporting troops and cargo, landing, refueling airplanes and helicopters in the air, conducting search and rescue operations, medical evacuation, fire fighting, as well as supporting humanitarian missions.

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It is possible to equip the aircraft with containers with electron-optical / infrared surveillance equipment for use in search and rescue operations.

The first prototype KC-390 completed its first flight on February 3, 2015. On October 9, 2018, flight tests of the first production KC-390 began. The first KC-390 aircraft (born FAB 2853) was handed over to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, 2019, and the second on December 13, 2019.

In August 2019, Embraer entered into the first export contract for the supply of five Portuguese Air Force KC-390 aircraft. It is planned that their deliveries will begin in 2023.

KC-390 can transport 26 tons of cargo, develop a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km / h), and can be used on unpaved or damaged runways. The range with 23 tons of cargo is 1380 nautical miles (2556 km), the ferry range with internal tanks is 4640 nautical miles.

The practical ceiling is 11 km. The KC-390 is equipped with two International Aero Engines V2500-E5 turbojet twin-engine engines (turbojet engines), the latest avionics, a rear ramp, an advanced cargo handling system, and Leonardo Gabbiano radar.

Typical payloads include 80 military personnel or 66 paratroopers; three armored vehicles of the Humvee type or one UH-60 Black Hawk multipurpose helicopter; two BBM M-ATVs or one BBM “Boxer”, “Stryker”, BMP-3 or AMV.

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The aircraft can be equipped with removable internal fuel tanks and underwing container refueling systems, receive fuel from other tankers.

Brazil tested the Millennium KC-390 last year

As we reported on June last year the U.S. Army has announced that the Brazilian defense industry in partnership with country’s Air Force conducting series of test of its new Embraer KC-390military transport aircraft at Yuma Proving Ground.

The Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), one of the largest military installations (827,000 acres), is the Army’s premier test center for air delivery testing.

YPG hosted approximately 70 customers from Brazil, which include maintainers, test pilots, and engineers, who were here for the airdrop testing certification of the Embraer KC-390 aircraft.

The Embraer KC-390 is a twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft with multi-functional use that the Brazilian Force is looking to use in the near future. However, the certification part must be complete before the aircraft is cleared for employment.

Personnel at YPG supported Embraer in the air delivery testing for the K-390. It was a certification process which included conducting several tests to certify the system. The Brazilian Airforce set the requirements and YPG supported Embraer in conducting every critical test.

Air Delivery Test Officer Carlos Anaya explains, “YPG’s role for this project was to rig all the payloads, pack parachutes, collect instrumentation data, photographs, video, and coordinate range support.”

Roberto Becker, is the chief flight test engineer for Embraer, where he has worked for 30 years. While this is not his first time at YPG, it’s the first time he’s come here for this test. After the test, he is confident about the aircraft’s capabilities.

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“The airplane is fantastic,” he said. “The airplane is working perfectly, no malfunctions, the system is operating very well.”

Becker explains that the aircraft has undergone basic certification and now YPG is supporting military mission certification. He’s been pleased with the process. “The YPG staff is really professional and they know what they are doing.”

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