Em­braer KC-390 mil­i­tary trans­port makes suc­cess­ful first flight

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Em­braer suc­cess­fully per­formed the first flight of the new mil­i­tary trans­port and aerial re­fu­elling jet, the KC-390. Test pi­lots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Sal­gado de Oliveira Lima and flight test en­gi­neers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker flew the air­craft for 1 hour 25 min­utes, con­duct­ing an eval­u­a­tion of fly­ing qual­i­ties and per­for­mance.

“This first flight is a fun­da­men­tal step to­wards ac­com­plish­ing the task with which we were en­trusted. The KC-390 is the re­sult of a close co­op­er­a­tion with the Brazil­ian Air Force and in­ter­na­tional part­ners, rep­re­sent­ing what is most likely the great­est tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenge that the com­pany has ever en­coun­tered in its his­tory. We are pro­foundly moved for hav­ing achieved this key mile­stone”, said Fred­erico Fleury Cu­rado, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Em­braer.

“The pro­gramme con­tin­ues to move for­ward as planned and the KC-390 has drawn in­ter­est from sev­eral coun­tries around the world”, said Jack­son Sch­nei­der, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity. “We are proud to once again keep our com­mit­ments in the de­vel­op­ment of this air­craft, which will set a new stan­dard in the cat­e­gory of tac­ti­cal mil­i­tary trans­port.”

On May 20, 2014, Em­braer and the Brazil­ian Air Force signed the se­rial pro­duc­tion con­tract for the de­liv­ery of 28 KC-390 air­craft and ini­tial lo­gis­tic sup­port. Be­sides the or­der from the Brazil­ian Air Force, there are cur­rent pur­chase in­ten­tions from other coun­tries, for a to­tal of 32 ad­di­tional air­craft.

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