Existing Aircraft Being Extensively Used in Pandemic Operations
On 27 June the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) received its third Embraer KC-390 MILLENIUM multimission transport and tanker aircraft. This is the third of an order of 28 aircraft for the FAB, to be based at Anápolis Air Base, near Brasilia, and operated by the First Troop Transport Group (1º GTT).
The KC-390 received its type certificate from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency in 2018. It is powered by two underwing IAE V2500 27,000 lb thrust turbofans, has a rear ramp for access of up to 23t of cargo, which it can transport a distance of 2,400km at a cruising speed of Mach 0.8.
“The C-390 MILLENIUM has been successfully used in FAB humanitarian missions to combat COVID-19, demonstrating, in practice, its operational abilities and its importance for the country,” commented Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, referring to the operation of the first two examples delivered to the FAB.
Since late March, the FAB has used two aircraft in missions which have transported tons of essential supplies to combat COVID-19 in Brazil. Through mid-June, the medical supplies transported 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 the FAB in the use of the MILLENIUM, 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 2,690km from São Paulo to Manaus, in less than four hours.
Santiago Rivas and Florencia Lucero Heguy in Buenos Aires for MON