EMBRAER and FAB celebrate receiving the final type certificate (FOC) for the C-390 Millennium multi-mission jet
Document confirms that the aircraft met or exceeded all requirements defined by the FAB, having achieved full operational capacity
The ceremony also marked the beginning of the important delivery of the first aircraft in the FOC configuration, the sixth FAB KC-390
Gavião Peixoto – SP, April 3, 2023 – The EMBRAERr C-390 Millennium multi-mission jet program reached today a historic milestone in world aviation. In a ceremony held at the Gavião Peixoto Unit, in São Paulo, with the presence of the High Command of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the aircraft received the Final Type Certificate, reflecting its Full Operational Capability (FOC, in the acronym in English). Issued by IFI (Instituto de Fomento Industrial), a military organization linked to the DCTA (Department of Aerospace Science and Technology) and the body responsible for certifying aircraft for military use, the FOC certificate confirms that the project meets all the requirements defined by the FAB and that the aircraft is capable of performing all the missions for which it was designed.
“This certification places the C-390 in a select group of aircraft in the world”, says Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of EMBRAER Defense and Security. “It is a unique moment in the history of EMBRAER. The C-390 is redefining military and resupply airlift, challenging the thinking behind currently available platforms. Air forces around the world are focused on optimizing the relationship between their operational needs and their budgets, and the C-390 is the right aircraft to meet this equation.”
Developed under the strict operational requirements of the FAB, the genesis of the C-390 is in the triple propeller model, the culmination of the union of the greatest minds from academia, industry and the state. As part of the development and certification process, around 3,500 hours were flown in the prototype aircraft under the most varied operational conditions, and another 85,000 hours were performed using benches and laboratory test devices. The result, after years of development, testing and certification, is a design established to the highest industry standards.
“This is the KC-390, the aircraft that embodies the true meaning of the word “perseverance”. Wherever it is, there will be the Brazilian State; there will be the order and progress of a nation that aligns itself with the idea that the full development of democracy cannot dispense with inviolable sovereignty. Finally, I wish that these feelings of Brazilianness and pride, which we now experience, will emerge in each citizen, when contemplating the skies and verifying that the “wings that protect and integrate the country” and EMBRAER are heading together in the purpose of ensuring a future consistent with the strategic stature of our beloved Brazil”, said the Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Marcelo Kanitz Damasceno at the ceremony.
At the same event, EMBRAER began the delivery process to the FAB of the sixth unit of the C-390, the first in the FOC configuration. The other aircraft already delivered to the FAB will now be updated to be able to operate with their full capabilities. In addition, all aircraft to be exported will be able to receive these capabilities.