Embraer launches KC-390 military jet transport and tanker program

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A.) has signed a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for the KC-390 military transport aircraft program.

Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO of Embraer said

“We are convinced that the development of the KC-390 will result in an effective cargo and tanker aircraft for the FAB and shall also become another successful export platform for both Embraer and Brazil.”

The new jet which is expected to enter service in 2015 will have a cargo bay equipped with an aft ramp, to transport a wide variety of cargo, including armoured vehicles, and will be outfitted with the most modern cargo handling systems. The new jet will also serve in a variety of roles including airborne tanking or Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.

The KC-390 will include fly-by-wire technology for lowering pilot workload and resultant fatigue and will have capability to operate on short and rustic runways.

A big hat tip to Addison Schonland at the Innovation Analysis Group.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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