The KC-390 platform provides unmatched versatility to configure the aircraft to accomplish a broader range of missions.
|Airlift ( max. payload 26 metric ton )|
|Airdrop ( high and low altitude )|
|Aerial Assault ( high altitude )|
|Aerial Refueling ( fighters and helicopters )|
|Search and Rescue|
The KC-390 can be reconfigured for all missions in 3 hours or less.
The advanced Cargo Handling System (CHS) provides high flexibility and productivity levels, merging a modern solution for software controlled cargo locking and proven cargo handling mechanical solutions. The CHS is designed to be easily and quickly reconfigured for different missions without the need of special tools. The cargo floor can be changed from flat to a roller configuration in less than 30 minutes with the flip-over capability.
The cargo floor, an integral part of the KC-390 main structure, is designed with the strength to transport heavy-tracked and wheeled vehicles of up to 26,000 kg (57,320 lb). An optimized tie-down grid of rings with 10,000 lb and 25,000 lb of restraint in any direction ensures quick configurations changes and great cargo load flexibility. The CHS features all the necessary accessories to facilitate cargo loading, restraining and offloading, such as tie-down rings, roller trays, cargo guidance and restraint systems. It is fully compatible with the existing military airlift equipment, such as type V platforms, 463L pallets, A-22 CDS bundles and ground support loaders.
Day and night aerial refueling capability with observer windows and night vision cameras. The KC-390 has advanced refueling PODs (912E) that meet the high performance criteria of the aircraft providing a lightweight and efficient solution. Each POD provides fuel transfer up to 400 USgpm. Removable auxiliary fuel tanks can be installed in the fuselage to expand the aircraft fuel of load capacity or range performance.
The KC-390 is capable of refueling both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, operating at speeds from 120 KCAS to 300 KCAS and altitudes from 2,000 ft to 32,000 ft. The KC-390 o-ground refueling capability also serves Ground forces with the vehicles or advance bases refueling.
The KC-390 aerial delivery system provides remote and automatic release of cargo in flight at low and high altitudes. The KC-390 is capable of:
|LVAD* type-V platforms (single and multiple)||up to 41,887 lb|
|Aerial delivery of CDS (Container Delivery System)||up to 22 skid boards|
|Low Altitude Parachute Extraction (LAPES)||up to 22,046 lb|
|* Low Velocity Aerial Delivery|
Instead of pre-calculated tables, precise navigation is used to calculate the air release point with exceptional precision providing high mission effectiveness.
During Search & Rescue missions, every minute counts to save lives. The KC-390 turbo fan engines provide unmatched speed when compared with other aircraft in the medium lift segment. The KC-390 can be equipped with a complete set of equipment to support the Search&Rescue missions:
|Removable Electro-Optical / Infrared pod (EO/IR)|
|Four spotter positions|
|Lateral litters and/or crew seats|
|Removable internal fuel tanks to expand range or time on station|
The KC-390 provides support for ground operations or disaster relief missions transporting wounded survivors or casualties. The KC-390 can be configured to carry up to 74 litters (STANAG 2040 ) and 8 additional members, including medical attendants and necessary life supporting equipment.
When equipped with a modular firefighting system, the KC-390 becomes an important aerial resource for firefighters in battling wildfires, dropping water or fire retardant like a bomber. The KC-390 fly-by-wire provides outstanding maneuverability at low speeds (120 KCAS) to fly over wildfire areas, increasing the mission efficiency.