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Embraer KC-390

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Two interesting images I found related to the KC-390 ... the first an older CG showing something like a Litening-pod under forward fuselage :eek: ... is this indeed possible ? ... and second a nice comparison.
 

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It's an official Embraer image, so presumably it is possible. It's part of a proposed Search and Rescue configuration (see the pallet on the ramp marked SAR).
 

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Pretty spiffy lowrider tow frame thing used for the rollout. I guess it's an electric tow tug?
 

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Electric and remote controlled (you can see the guy with the controls walking alongside in some shots.) Seems to be from a company called Mototok
http://www.mototok.com/media-selector.php?session-mediatype=1
 

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We have one of those at our company, they're pretty nice, and yes, they're either radio controlled or there's a remote connected by cable to the motorized platform.


Regarding the very interesting price comparison chart, the KC-390 is a very obvious outlier. I'm sure Embraer will take advantage of their commercial aircraft building practices, but their figure looks very optimistic.
 

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From the company website, here's another example of the tug (Twin 6500 AC-AD Flat):


There is also a dedicated military version (for FOLs and the like?):
 

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The Embraer KC-390 made its first flight today on 3 February 2015. :D
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São José dos Campos - SP, February 3, 2015 - Embraer today successfully performed the first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390. Test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker flew the aircraft for 1 hour and 25 minutes, conducting an evaluation of flying qualities and performance.[...]
Links:
http://airheadsfly.com/2015/02/03/promising-brazilian-airlifter-tanker-makes-first-flight/
https://twitter.com/EmbraerSA/status/562608415177179136
http://www.embraer.com/en-US/ImprensaEventos/Press-releases/noticias/Pages/Embraer-realiza-com-sucesso-o-primeiro-voo-do-transporte-militar-KC390.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.635390829899751.1073741887.275470169225154&type=1

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/embraer-kc-390-takes-maiden-flight-408635/

Pictures, Video and more Info will be probably posted later on. ;) :)


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Teaser:
http://youtu.be/z9PyzEbU8AI
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http://youtu.be/z9PyzEbU8AI

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First Flight KC-390 - Video from Embraer's YouTube-Channel
Gavião Peixoto - SP, February 3, 2015 - Embraer today successfully performed the first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390. Test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker flew the aircraft for 1 hour and 25 minutes, conducting an evaluation of flying qualities and performance.
http://youtu.be/rxRDSB7rPnQ
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Nice new promo video of the Embraer KC-390:



www.youtu.be/agw53YqYaoo
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Since this is an actual aircraft program now, shouldn't this be moved to the Aerospace section now? Just asking. :)
 

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/embraer-kc-390-to-rival-turboprops-in-canadian-fwsar-420304/
 

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No word on the extent of damage as yet, but no airplane ever looks its best when you start covering it with tarps and obscuring its branding...

Flight International - Embraer reports KC-390 runway excursion in Gaviao Peixoto
by Stephen Trimble - 5 May 2018
Embraer’s first KC-390 flight test aircraft ran off the runway during a ground test in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil, on 5 May, the company says.

The crew of the aircraft exited the aircraft without injury, the company adds.

Embraer has started an investigation to understand what led to the runway excursion. The company also reported the incident to CENIPA, the aircraft accidents investigation and prevention bureau of the Brazilian air force.

Gaviao Peixoto is Embraer's military aircraft production and flight test centre deep in the interior of Sao Paulo state. The airport boasts the longest, publicly accessible runway in the Americas, measuring 4,970m (16,300ft).

The extent of any damage to the KC-390 was not immediately available. . . .
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Here is video of the aircraft at rest posted to YouTube (h/t Alert 5) by Robert Caiafa. Given the aerial view, it looks like the crew had quite a ride. Great to hear no one came to any harm.

YouTube - Robert Caiafa - Protótipo 001 da aeronave KC-390 sai da pista.
 
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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/embraer-kc-390-successfully-completes-troop-unloadin-453826/
 

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https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/12/17/boeing-embraer-agree-to-kc-390-joint-venture/
 

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I imagine a sizable marketing push is soon to come, given that up until recently Boeing was reluctant to get further invested in KC-390 without more signs of sales potential in the US. It shall be interesting to see how it develops.
 

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Moose said:
I imagine a sizable marketing push is soon to come, given that up until recently Boeing was reluctant to get further invested in KC-390 without more signs of sales potential in the US. It shall be interesting to see how it develops.
I would think it would be a shoe-in as a KC-130 replacement. (Though I wonder if it's got as good as low-speed ability to deal with refueling CH-53s and V-22s. )
 

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I see more the 390 being used for special missions like drone carrier and retrieval or MEDEVAC back to CONUS
 
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