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Embraer KC-390
 
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The KC-390 is a tactical transport and inflight refueling aircraft. Powered by two specially designed Pratt and Whitney V2500-E5 engines, it can carry 26 tons of cargo, including vehicles like two M113 armored personnel carriers, or a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The biggest aircraft produced in Latin America, it is designed to take off and land on semi-prepared and unpaved airfields. Portugal is a major partner in the KC-390 program, with some of its parts including the aircraft central fuselage being produced by Embraer’s subsidiary OGMA in Evora, about a hundred kilometers east of Lisboa. While Boeing was taking over the commercial aviation activities of Embraer, the two manufacturers agreed on a second joint venture to continue the production of the KC-390. Embraer should hold a 51% stake and Boeing ‒ the remaining 49%, of this new company.
Despite its smaller capacities in both range and payload compared to the new Airbus A400M Atlas, its price was attractive ($85 million compared to $165 million for Airbus transporter).
 
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In 2014, the Brazilian Air Force ordered a total of 28 KC-390s with logistic support from the Brazilian manufacturer. It should progressively replace the C-130 Hercules within the FAB. In 2019 Embraer delivered the first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) at the military base in Anapolis, in west-central Brazil.
 
It obtained the type certificate from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) in 2018.
 
In July 2019, Portugal placed a firm order for five KC-390 transport aircraft, becoming the first international customer for the plane. Embraer announced on July 11, 2019, that the Portuguese Council of Ministers had approved an order for five KC-390 multi-mission aircraft, a flight simulator, and logistical support, in a contract that should amount to €827 million. These aircraft are due to replace the Lockheed Martin C-130H of the Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP), the Portuguese Air Force. They should be assigned to the 501 Transport Squadron "Bisontes", based in Montijo Air Base (LPMT). The delivery should begin in 2023 and end by 2027.
 
Embraer has also received letters of intent from the Czech Republic (another partner in the program), as well as Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, for a total backlog of 35 aircraft.
 
 
 
 
 


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