Meanwhile, Embraer is awaiting a request for proposals from the Brazilian ministry of defense for a new tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The company has been working on a prototype called Falcao, which is expected to take to the skies late next year, Aguiar says.
The prototype is being designed and built by Harpia, a joint venture between Embraer (with a majority stake), an affiliate of Israel’s Elbit and — as of February — Avibras, a Brazilian company that specializes in systems engineering.
Once it can experiment with Falcao, Aguiar says the joint venture will better identify gaps in capability that need more development for Brazil’s needs.
Aguiar says the twin-engine KC-390 transport/refueler program under development by Embraer is continuing forward, with the first of two prototypes set to roll out late next year.
With critical design review complete, Embraer has released the drawings to the supply chain, which has, in turn, begun fabricating parts.
Embraer last year signed an agreement with Boeing, manufacturer of the C-17 transport and the KC-46 refueler, to jointly study the market for a KC-390. Aguiar says the technical work has gone “very well.”
Embraer is expected to make an announcement about the way forward for the KC-390 at next week’s air show.