Embraer released a video on social media with the first power on of the first KC-390 Millennium of the Hungarian Air Force. As the planemaker reported, the procedure proved the functioning of the aircraft’s primary electrical distribution system.
“With the power on stage achieved, the final assembly can evolve to the installation of more systems preparing the aircraft for the flight tests”, informed Embraer.
The maiden flight of Hungary’s first KC-390 is scheduled to take place later this year, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.
The aircraft under construction at the Embraer factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, is the first of two jets ordered by Hungary in December 2020.
The second plane should enter production in December this year, with delivery expected by the end of 2024.
Hungary is the second foreign customer for the KC-390 Millennium, after the Portuguese Air Force (which ordered five aircraft). The difference between the Hungarian aircraft is the Intensive Care Unit configuration, for aeromedical evacuation flights.
Like Portugal’s KC-390s, Hungary’s aircraft will be compatible with NATO operations, the military alliance of which the two countries are members.
Another country that is part of the defense organization, the Netherlands also selected Embraer’s multi-mission aircraft, but has not yet closed the purchase agreement (for up to five aircraft).
The 1st #KC390 #Millennium aircraft produced for the Hungarian Air Force was powered on for the first time, proving that the electrical system primary distribution is already completed and operational. Next steps: systems installations and flight tests. pic.twitter.com/BzPh8Iw8Sl
— Embraer (@embraer) September 11, 2023