says that it has successfully completed a critical design review (CDR)
for its KC-390 tactical transport and tanker aircraft in conjunction
with the Brazilian air force. The review was completed on 22 March, the
"We have concluded an important stage of the KC-390
programme and, therefore, we gave an accounting to the FAB [Brazilian
air force] of the work done. We will now begin the production phase of
the prototypes," says Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president and chief executive
officer of Embraer's defence unit.
Completion of the CDR means
that Embraer can start building the first KC-390 because the aircraft's
aerodynamic and structural configuration are now set. Additionally, the
aircraft's avionics architecture and systems installations have also
been finalized. Manufacture of the prototype "will soon begin and all
of the activities of the project are focused on taking the first flight
in the second half of 2014," Embraer says.
The KC-390 is the
largest airplane ever conceived and built by Brazil, and Embraer hopes
it will compete head-to-head against the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules on the international market.
La Critical Design Review (CDR) a été passé le 22 mars, ça va déboucher sur la prod des protos et le premier assemblage. Premier vol H2 2014