Defense and Security: KC-390 Freighter, the introduction of a new milestone in Brazilian industry.

The KC-390 is the backbone of the Brazilian Air Force’s transport division, replacing the current C-130 Hercules.

The new cargo aircraft model designed by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), KC-390, will be in Brasilia on Tuesday, 5th. The aircraft is manufactured by Embraer, in collaboration with Argentina, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Currently, the aircraft is in flight development and certification tests. The first units will be delivered in 2018. Measuring 35.20 meters and with a cargo capacity of 23 tons, the KC-390 is the largest aircraft ever developed in Brazil.

The Embraer KC-390 is able to carry out a variety of missions, such as transportation and release of cargo and troops, search and rescue, refueling and in fighting forest fires. The contract with FAB stipulates the acquisition of 28 aircraft, at a price of US$ 2 billion, with the creation of 8,500 jobs during the development phase.

The KC-390 is capable of carrying up to 26 tons of cargo at a speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), with the ability to operate in less than ideal conditions, such as unpaved or damaged runways. Its fuselage is able to accommodate oversize loads, with access via the load ramp.

The modern cargo handling system (Handling Cargo System) in the aircraft allows for quick resetting using retractable rollers to handle cargo on pallets (pallet that allows movement of the material) or a floor plan to transport troops or vehicles.

Different types of loads can be carried, such as vehicles, helicopters, troops (up to 80 equipped troops), parachutists (up to 66 paratroopers fully equipped, with the option of jumping from both side doors and the loading ramp), stretchers for medical evacuation (up to 74 NATO standard stretchers) or mixed configurations.

The aircraft can also perform aerial refueling using two internal removable tanks. Presenting great flexibility, it can refuel helicopters at low altitudes and speeds as well as high performance fighter aircraft at high altitudes and speeds. Its pilot can count on a modern integrated avionics system and a fly-by-wire flight control system, which reduces the pilot’s workload and increases mission efficiency.

The KC-390 is equipped with two V2500 turbofan engines (produced by the International Aero Engines consortium), a rear ramp, advanced handling system and load release.

The KC-390 is the backbone of the Brazilian Air Force’s transport division. From the Amazon to Antarctica, the 28 aircraft fleet, which will replace the current Hercules C-130, will have a fundamental role in various Brazilian state projects, from scientific research to the maintenance of national sovereignty.

Technical File – KC-390:

  • Manufacturer: Embraer S.A.
  • Wingspan: 35.05 m
  • Length: 35.20 m
  • Height: 11.84 m
  • Maximum cruise speed: 470 knots (870 km / h)
  • Maximum altitude: 36,000 feet (11,000 m)
  • Range (c / 23 tons of loads): 1,380 nautical miles (2556 km)