Embraer has delivered the third C-390 MILLENNIUM multi-mission medium air-lifter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), to be operated by First Troop Transport Group (1st GGT). Like the first two units delivered in 2019, and the additional 25 which will be delivered to the FAB, this third unit is equipped to perform aerial refuelling missions, with the KC-390 Millennium designation.
The C-390 MILLENNIUM was developed as a joint project between the FAB and Embraer to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its category, while delivering the lowest life-cycle cost in the medium air-lifter market. The aircraft, which has also received orders from the Portuguese Government, can perform a variety of military and civilian roles, including humanitarian missions, medical evacuation, search and rescue, aerial firefighting, cargo, troop transport, aerial delivery and aerial refuelling.
Since the end of March 2020, the Brazilian Air Force has used two KC-390 MILLENNIUM aircraft in missions which have transported tons of essential supplies to combat COVID-19 in Brazil. These included an ambulance, a cell health unit, an oxygen plant, more than 130,000 pairs of surgical gloves, 17,000 N95 masks, 4,080 pairs of glasses, 14,600 units of alcohol gel and 8,800 aprons, as well as logistical and hospital supplies. Among other points highlighted by FAB in the use of the KC-390 MILLENNIUM, the aircraft has been helpful in its ability to carry massive amounts of cargo, quickly, over long distances, with high dispatch reliability. As an example, the aircraft flew 2,690 kilometers, from São Paulo to Manaus, in less than four hours.
Equipped with two International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan engines, the latest avionics, a rear ramp and an advanced cargo handling system, the C-390 Millennium is capable of carrying up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), with ability to operate in austere environments, including from unpaved or damaged runways. The aircraft can carry troops, pallets, armoured wheeled vehicles and helicopters. In order to maximize the operational availability of the KC-390 MILLENNIUM fleet in the fulfillment of various missions, FAB and Embraer Services & Support signed a comprehensive five-year services and support contract.