The International Aero Engines V2500-E5 power plant for the Embraer KC-390 tactical transport has achieved FAA certification.

“Achieving engine certification on schedule is a big win for the program,” says Jackson Schneider, president and chief executive, Embraer Defense & Security.

“We have a high level of confidence that the engine will perform as reliably as its in-service counterpart has done, and we look forward to a successful first flight.”

Embraer and the Brazilian air force, the launch customer for the KC-390, selected the V2500-E5 in 2011. The engine is rated at 31,330lbs of thrust.

Embraer plans for the first prototype of the new transport to make its maiden flight by the end of 2014.

Unlike other military transport aircraft, the KC-390 will have no depot-level maintenance requirements. Instead, its maintenance regime will be aligned to that of a civilian airliner, with a one-day A-check to take place every 600h, and more comprehensive C-checks due every 10 years.