Brazil­ian Air Force and Em­braer con­clude crit­i­cal de­sign re­view of the KC-390 project


The Brazil­ian Air Force (FAB) and Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity have suc­cess­fully con­cluded the crit­i­cal de­sign re­view (CDR) of the KC-390 mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft. Dur­ing the CDR, the de­fin­i­tive aero­dy­namic and struc­tural con­fig­u­ra­tions, as well as the ar­chi­tec­ture and sys­tems in­stal­la­tions were con­firmed, and mean­ing that the de­sign is suf­fi­ciently ma­ture to be­gin the de­tailed project and man­u­fac­ture the pro­to­types of the air­craft.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the clos­ing of the CDR were mem­bers of the Brazil­ian Air Force High Com­mand, with spe­cial men­tion of Air Force Lt Gen­eral Aprí­gio Ed­uardo de Moura Azevedo, Air Force Chief of Staff. The FAB del­e­ga­tion got a close look at the tools and models used in de­vel­op­ing the KC-390, such as an en­gi­neer­ing sim­u­la­tor and a life-size model of the cock­pit.

“We have con­cluded an im­por­tant stage of the KC-390 Pro­gramme and, there­fore, we gave an ac­count­ing to the FAB of the work done. We will now be­gin the pro­duc­tion phase of the pro- to­types,” said Luiz Car­los Aguiar, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity. The man­u­fac­ture of the first pieces of the pro­to­type will soon be­gin and all of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the project are fo­cused on tak­ing the first flight in the sec­ond half of 2014. The KC-390 is the largest air­plane ever con­ceived and built by the Brazil­ian aero­nau­tics in­dus­try and will es­tab­lish a new stan­dard for medium-sized mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft, in terms of per­for­mance and pay­load, as well as ad­vance mis­sion and flight sys­tems.

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