Spot the KC-390 design changes

Embraer has significantly revised the KC-390 product card from the Paris Air Show last year to the Farnborough event two weeks ago. I picked up cards at both shows. A side-by-side comparison is very revealing.

In addition to the exterior changes shown below, Embraer has increased maximum payload from 19t to 23.6t and normal maximum takeoff weight from 65t to 74.4t.

Most significantly, Embraer changed the shape of the representative engine. The previous card displays an engine resembling the CFM56, but the new image shows an engine that looks more like the V2500. Embraer plans to select an engine in the 27,000-29,000lb-thrust class within the next six months. Also, note the sharper nose design in the new product card.


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4 Responses to Spot the KC-390 design changes

  1. Lightndattic 2 August, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Looks like it went from a C-17 T-tail to a C-5 T-tail.

  2. aeroxavier 2 August, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    i’m sure french was not for nothing here. when we see A400M…

  3. eamon hamilton 3 August, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Horizontal stabs are wider too, and I’d say the main landing gear fairing is longer.

  4. keesje 3 August, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Lockheed should take notice

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