Embraer KC-390 achieves Initial Operational Capability
Dassault Aviation have confirmed that the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces intend to upgrade its 62 Mirage 2000-9s at a cost of $350m. This involves the Mirages’ mission computer system; fire control radar; electronic warfare suite; optronics systems; communications, navigation and identification systems; cockpit display systems; helmet-mounted system displays and electrical systems. The package includes the Thales RDY-3 radar and TALIOS targeting pod. The UAE had earlier contracted with Lockheed Martin to upgrade (and support) the 79 United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence (UAE AF&AD) Block 60 F-16E/F fighters.
The Embraer KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling aircraft attained Initial Operational Capability (IOC), which ensures that necessary conditions have been met for the aircraft to start operations, in accordance with the scope agreed upon with the FAB. As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), which is a testament to the adequacy of the design in fulfilling the demanding certification requirements for transport aircraft.