Brazil: KC-390 enters final phase tests

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) announced that it is in the final stages of testing the KC-390, the largest military aircraft ever produced in Brazil.

Brazil KC 390 enters final phase tests KC-390 (Picture source: Marcos Corrêa)

The Embraer KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft under development by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, able to perform aerial refuelling and to transport cargo and troops. It is the heaviest aircraft that the company has made to date, and will be able to transport up to 26 tonnes (29 tons) of cargo, including wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.

The aircraft will operate in various scenarios and on unprepared runways. After completion of the test phase, the KC-390 can carry cargo and troop transport, parachute launching, in-flight refueling, support for humanitarian missions, forest firefighting, search and rescue and aeromedical evacuation.

The KC-390 has a flight range of 2,730 kilometers at full load. Without load, the plane can travel 5,958 kilometers away

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