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Embraer announces that it has reached yet another important milestone in the development of the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission military freighter, with the successful completion of the in-flight refueling (REVO) qualification between two KC-390 Millennium aircraft, proving to the Force Aérea Brasileira (FAB), the new operational capacity of the aircraft.
The ability to transfer fuel in flight between two aircraft of the same model, using sub-wing refueling “pods”, is unique in this category, which allows KC-390 Millennium operators to expand their logistical transport capacity and in transport operations. search and rescue, increasing the autonomy and scope of their missions.
The demonstrations were conducted at Embraer’s Gavião Peixoto Unit, on flights with fuel transfer between two aircraft. The flights counted on the participation of pilots and engineers from the FAB, when the excellent flight qualities of the airplane and the low workload for the crew were demonstrated, a result control laws of the fly-by-wire system, developed by Embraer especially for the KC-390.
Since entering into operation, the KC-390 has been proving its excellent performance and capacity as a new generation multi-mission aircraft. Recently, the fleet of four aircraft operated by the FAB has already exceeded 2,400 flight hours in operations, being used extensively in operations to combat Covid-19 in Brazil.
In addition to the FAB, the aircraft was ordered by the Air Forces of Portugal and Hungary.
A joint project between FAB and Embraer, the C-390 Millennium is a military tactical transport aircraft designed to set new standards in its category. It is an aircraft designed with a robust design and using state-of-the-art technologies, having been specially developed to operate in austere environments and to perform a wide range of missions with a single platform, with high levels of availability, reliability, safety and capacity. survival.
The C-390 Millennium and the variant KC-390 Millennium fly faster and carry more cargo than other military cargo ships of the same size and are the ideal platforms for the main scenarios of use in humanitarian, tactical and strategic operations.
The C-390 and KC-390 Millennium require less inspection and maintenance, with levels of simplification normally associated only with commercial aircraft. This feature, combined with highly reliable systems and components, reduces aircraft time on the ground and total operating costs, contributing to excellent levels of availability and low life cycle cost.
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