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First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4

First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 20 August, 2019

The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil.

If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Embraer used the aircraft in the final certification tests and also participated in the Paris Air Show in France in June.

Announced in 2007, the KC-390 program was officially launched 10 years ago by Embraer. With the approval of the Brazilian government, which pledged to be a jet client to replace the C-130 Hercules, the manufacturer continued the development of the project that took five years to complete.

On October 21, 2014, the first prototype was unveiled, but the maiden flight only took place on February 3, 2015. The second KC-390 only joined the program in April of the following year. To enable its manufacture, Embraer had the partnership of companies in Argentina, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

The Air Force is expected to receive its 28 transport aircraft by 2024. By then, the aircraft is expected to have new customers as a result of the partnership between Embraer and Boeing, which aims to boost its sales.

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