1st Airborne Contact for KC-390 Wing Air Refuelling Pods

Cobham's 912E Wing Air Refuelling Pods have successfully completed the first airborne connection between Embraer's KC-390 multi-mission medium transport aircraft and a fighter aircraft.  

Operating from Santa Cruz Air Force Base in Brazil on 19th February, the KC-390 made a series of contacts with a Brazilian Air Force F5 fighter jet at high altitude, marking a significant milestone for the aircrafts aerial refuelling programme.

The 912E pod is a bespoke design solution utilising the latest technology for the KC-390 to meet the aircrafts high performance criteria including its ability to satisfy a wide number of receivers at extended ranges. The Brazilian Air Force is the launch customer for the aircraft which is scheduled to enter service in 2018.

Source: Cobham
Date: Feb 23, 2017