KC-390 radar de­fined

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Em­braer, which al­ready has a con­tract for the sup­ply of 28 KC-390 air­craft for the Brazil­ian Air Force (FAB), signed a con­tract with the Ital­ian com­pany Selex ES which will sup­ply Gab­biano T20 radars. The equip­ment will be in­stalled in the nose of the air­craft and will be used, for ex­am­ple, to find boats on the high seas.

The first KC-390 is to be de­liv­ered to the air force at the end of next year, and is in­tended to carry out all the mis­sions cur­rently car­ried out by the C-130 Her­cules. The abil­ity to carry up to 23.2 tonnes of fuel in the wings, al­low­ing it to fly long range mis­sions, and to re­fuel other air­craft in flight, also makes it pos­si­ble to use the KC-390 for search mis­sions, and the radar will as­sist in this task.

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