Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests
Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests

Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests

Embraer started C390 Millennium military transport aircraft tests for operations from an unpaved runway. On a specific 5,905ft runway built at the Gavião Peixoto unit, assessments will be performed over the next weeks to analyze the effective operation of the multi-mission aircraft. The C390 Millennium landing gear has low-pressure tires, two 5.9 bar (85 psi) on the nose and four 7.2 bar (105 psi) on either side bogies for unpaved ground or damaged runways.

Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests

The Embraer C-390 Millennium is a medium-size, twin-engine, jet-powered military transport aircraft produced by the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer. With a load capacity of 26 tonnes (29 tons), the aircraft can be configured to perform various conventional operations such as troop, VIP and cargo transportation, and more specialised logistical operations such as aerial refuelling as a tanker. It is the heaviest aircraft the company has made to date.

Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests

Embraer built the C-390 around the 18.5 m (61 ft) long, 3.45 m (11.3 ft) wide and 2.95 m (9 ft 8 in) high hold with a rear ramp. Its twin IAE V2500-E5 turbofans are mounted forward on the high wing with anhedral angle, slats and up to 40° flaps High-lift devices. Fly-by-wire flight controls with active sidesticks allows load factors up to 3g. The cockpit has head-up displays for the enhanced vision system with four cameras and Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion commercial avionics.

Embraer C390 Millennium Military Transport Aircraft Successfully Performs Unpaved Runway Tests

The aircraft can carry 26 t (57,000 lb): two fully tracked M113 armored personnel carriers, one Boxer or Brazilian VBTP-MR Guarani wheeled armored vehicle, a Sikorsky H-60 helicopter, 74 litters with life-support equipment, up to 80 soldiers or 66 paratroopers with full gear, and loads of up to 42,000 lb (19 t) can be air dropped. The C-390 can refuel in flight other aircraft through two wing-mounted probe and drogue pods from Cobham plc.