Hungary's KC-390 makes its first flight.

The first of two Embraer KC-390 Millennium tanker transport aircraft for Hungary made its maiden flight on February 8.

The first C-390 Millennium of the Hungarian Air Force successfully completed its maiden flight in Gavi√£o Peixoto. Embraer’s Defense and Security team flew the aircraft for approximately 4 hours, carrying out a full evaluation of the aircraft, which will now undergo a test campaign before entering service with the Hungarian Air Force.

In November 2020, the Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer to acquire two C-390s. The Hungarian Defense Forces aircraft will be the first known to have an Intensive Care Unit in its configuration, an essential resource for the development of humanitarian missions.

Hungary's KC-390 makes its first flight.

Hungary is the third country to have chosen the C-390, after Brazil and Portugal. The Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic and South Korea have also selected the multi-mission aircraft. The C-390 is redefining military airlift and challenging the logic behind current and future generation platforms, delivering multi-mission capability, reliability and interoperability built by design.

The C-390 can carry more payload (26 tons) compared to other medium-sized military transport aircraft and flies faster (470 knots) and farther, being able to carry out a wide range of missions, such as transporting and launching cargo and troops, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, firefighting and humanitarian missions, including operating on unpaved runways, over surfaces such as compacted dirt and gravel. The aircraft configured for in-flight refueling, with the name KC-390, has already demonstrated its capacity both as a tanker and as a receiver, in this case receiving fuel from another KC-390 through capsules installed under the wings.

Hungary's KC-390 makes its first flight.

Since entering service with the Brazilian Air Force in 2019, and more recently with the Portuguese Air Force in 2023, the C-390 has proven its capability, reliability and performance. The current fleet of aircraft in operation has accumulated more than 11,500 flight hours, with an operational availability of around 80% and mission completion rates greater than 99%, demonstrating exceptional productivity in the category.

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