Embraer KC-390 master schedule

Here’s one for your files. This slide comes from a presentation dated March 2010. Embraer is designing the jet-powered KC-390 to replace hundreds of Lockheed Martin C-130s around the world.


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2 Responses to Embraer KC-390 master schedule

  1. Vladimir 11 May, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    PD to IOC in 5 years? Certainly one to watch!
    Thanks :)

  2. Peter 12 May, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    There are a couple of very interesting points over the KC-390 program:

    1. South Africa’s Denel is a risk-sharing partner in the project. SA canceled its order for A400M’s last year. I wouldn’t be surprised to find an order for a dozen or so KC-390′s from SA to take their place.

    2. India and Russia are reportedly having some difficulty moving forward with their joint MRTA program, which is scheduled for the same IOC date of 2015. If India continues to have difficulty with its Russian partners, I’d think it logical that it would be open to partnering with Brazil on the KC-390 program, which is virtually identical in payload, although a little shorter-ranged according to its current specifications. (That can be changed, of course.)

    3. Lockheed’s price for a C-130J has been creeping up, and up, and up. If Embraer’s projected costs can be met, it looks as if the KC-390 may be a significantly more economical alternative in the same payload class. Some argue that the KC-390 lacks the rough-field capabilities of the C-130: but does the C-130J perform as well out of unprepared fields as its smaller predecessors? And how many air forces really use that rough-field capability?

    I think the KC-390 program might surprise a lot of people with its success.

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