Em­braer KC-390 achieves Ini­tial Op­er­a­tional Ca­pa­bil­ity

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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.

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