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Brazil receives its first Embraer KC-390

On September 4, the Brazilian Air Force received its first Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft in a ceremony at Anápolis Air Base outside of Brasilia.

Brazil receives its firts Embraer KC 390The first KC-390 of Brazilian Air Force. 27 more aircraft are on order.  (Picture source: Força Aérea Brasileira)

The KC-390 is capable of transporting and launching cargo and troops and performing a wide array of missions: medical evacuation, search and rescue, humanitarian search and rescue, humanitarian aerial refueling (fighters and helicopters), aerial fire fighting and assistance.

“The incorporation of the KC-390 into the Brazilian Air Force is a milestone in military aviation,” says Brazilian air force commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez. “Its modernity will bring an implementation and improvement in the doctrine of use of this multi-mission vector, greatly contributing to the fulfillment of the mission to control, defend and integrate the [2.2 billion ha (5.4 billion acres)] under our responsibility.”

The Brazilian Air Force has 27 more KC-390 on order.