Embraer’s KC-390 Military Transport Targets C-130 Replacement

Image: militaryaerospace.com Embraer will soon freeze the design of its…

Image: militaryaerospace.com

Embraer will soon freeze the design of its first purpose-built military transport, the KC-390, for tactical missions. Although the first flight is planned for 2014, some details remain sketchy. But at least the program seems well funded, with the Brazilian government providing most of the $2.2 billion needed for development.

“The KC-390 is essentially being designed for cargo and air-refueling missions,” Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer Defense and Security CEO, told AIN. The 50,700-pound maximum payload (slightly below previously announced numbers) can consist of 64 paratroopers, 80 soldiers, a helicopter or wheeled armored vehicles. “We have checked that the wheeled armored vehicles of two of our clients fit in,” Aguiar said.

Read the rest of Thierry Dubois’s report at AIN Online.

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