Embraer delivers 6th KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force

The multirole aircraft had been completed in April and will be operated by the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT), at Anápolis Air Force Base

Embraer delivered the 6th KC-390 Millenium belonging to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) on Friday.

The aircraft is part of an order for 19 multirole jets, a total that was reduced by nine units following a review carried out by the previous Air Force Commander.

According to Embraer, the KC-390 with FAB registration 2858 is the first to be delivered in the Full Operational Capability (FOC) configuration.

The certificate, obtained by the company in April, includes all the operational requirements foreseen in its project. The remaining five jets will be upgraded to also receive the FOC.

The 6th KC-390 will be operated by the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT), headquartered at Anápolis Air Force Base.

“It is special to deliver the first aircraft in the FOC configuration to FAB,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer’s Defense & Security. “Although FAB has already deployed the aircraft in various different missions, inside Brazil and abroad, it will now be able to fully and definitively take advantage of the full capacity of the C-390, showing the world everything that this aircraft can deliver.”

Brazilian Air Force KC-390 (FAB)

Developed in partnership between Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force, the C-390 Millennium is replacing the C-130 Hercules turboprops, of which only four aircraft remain operational.

The airlifter can carry up to 26 tonnes of cargo at a cruising speed of 470 knots (about 870 km/h). The aircraft’s range is 1,080 nautical miles (2,000 km) at full payload.

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The delivery schedule for the remaining 13 KC-390s establishes production of one aircraft per year until 2033, with the last two being delivered in 2034. However, the forecast includes a jet that should have been received in 2022, but is pending.


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