Brazilian Air Force has recently conducted the airdrop testing certification of its new Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft at the Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) in southwestern Arizona, U.S.
YPG is a U.S. Army proving ground and is one of the largest military installations in the world. It is a subordinate command of the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC).
Personnel at YPG supported Embraer in the air delivery testing for the aircraft. It was a certification process which included conducting several tests to certify the air delivery system. The Brazilian Air Force set the requirements and YPG supported Embraer in conducting every critical test.
“YPG’s role for this project was to rig all the payloads, pack parachutes, collect instrumentation data, photographs, video, and coordinate range support”, said Air Delivery Test Officer Carlos Anaya. “YTC – Yuma Test Center – has the facilities, manpower, instrumentation, and great weather year round for Air Delivery Operations”.
The aircraft has undergone basic certification and now YPG is supporting its military mission certification.
Embraer KC-390 is a tactical airlifter designed to set new standards in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market.
The aircraft is the heaviest aircraft that Embraer has made to date, and will be able to transport up to 26 tonnes (29 tons) of cargo, including wheeled armoured fighting vehicles. It is powered by two IAE V2500-E5 turbofans generating 139.4 kN(31,330 lbf) thrust each.
The KC-390 is capable of carrying out various missions, such as transporting cargo, troops or dropping paratroopers, and aerial refueling, search and rescue, medical evacuation and aerial firefighting, in addition to supporting humanitarian missions.
The first production aircraft and third aircraft to be built first flew on 6 October 2018.